Costa Rican Food: Miel de Ayote

Good evening! It's nearly Halloween, or it may even already be Halloween where you are, and you know what that means: you're probably going to have a lot of pumpkin left over on November 1st! That's why I decided to write this post, since an ayote is a gourd that's pretty similar to a pumpkin. I understand that I probably should have written this post a week or two ago when people were carving pumpkins, but then again, it's not like they're actually going to eat the pumpkins they carved. So, here's Read more [...]

Everyday Life In Costa Rica: RTV

There are three initials that cause nearly every Costa Rican to groan when they hear them. No, I'm not talking about TQM (te quiero mucho), although many do groan when they hear that since it's cheesy. I'm talking about RTV: The annual vehicle inspection required for all Costa Rican cars, trucks, vans, taxis, buses, and basically anything else with wheels except wheelchairs and oxcarts. Having a car in Costa Rica is very useful, and I actually couldn't envision living where I do in the mountains Read more [...]

Pastel Palmares

I took these sunset pictures when I was hanging out in the city center of Palmares, killing time before my class: I normally don't post just pictures, but maybe I should. It makes for an easy, quick post, and I think they may get more interest than longer, written articles. Maybe I should do more posts with pictures? If you have any thoughts, just tell me in the comments. Thanks! Read more [...]

Smirnoff, Schmirnoff

My friend Brad pointed out this article to me today. You can have a look at it, but the gist of it is that for some reason, Costa Rica is the #1 consumer of Smirnoff Ice in the world! Any time this little country is #1 in anything, it gets my interest, so I checked it out. It's interesting, since you do see Smirnoff Ice everywhere here. But since I've lived here for 8 years, I didn't know that it wasn't normal when compared to the rest of the world. I also didn't know that it had a reputation Read more [...]

Costa Rican Food: Flor de Itabo

I had meant to write this post about a Costa Rican food specialty back in April, but to be honest I simply forgot. I was going to then wait until next April to write it, but I figured I'd just forget it again. Plus, it's not like most people who read this will have access to flor de itabo if they're outside of Costa Rica. So, since it's more of a curiosity, I'll just talk about it now. As you can probably get from the name, it's a type of flower, and it blooms from a spiky, yucca-like Read more [...]

Tourist Attraction Review: EcoTermales

Hello! Two posts ago I wrote a review of Los Lagos hot springs just outside of La Fortuna, so I thought that I'd add another review of a different hot springs in the same area. We went to EcoTermales right around the same time, so although it was admittedly a few months ago, I'm pretty sure you'd have a similar experience today or any other day. We went on a Thursday afternoon with my family when they were visiting. I think that the timing was the key, and that made all the difference. You generally Read more [...]