Monthly Archives: August 2015

Crocodile Bridge

THIS IS RANDOM ROO!

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While we were driving back to Tamarindo from Jaco there was a bridge on the highway.

When we were driving to Jaco we saw people on the side of the bridge. So then we parked on the side of the road and got out of the car. My dad was photographing something so we said we would meet him on the bridge. My mom, Krazy Kid and I walked on the sidewalk to the river. Wow there are TONS of crocodiles. We took a picture of the river and here it is. Comment how many crocodiles you can spot.  LOOK CLOSELY….there are more than you think!_DSC3063 _DSC3064

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Mientras volvíamos a Tamarindo desde Jaco había un puente en la carretera.

Cuando estábamos conduciendo a Jaco vimos gente en el lado del puente. Así que aparcamos en el lado de la carretera y salimos del coche. Mi papá estaba fotografiando algo así que nos dijo que lo encontraríamos en el puente. Mi mamá , Krazy Kid y yo caminaba por la acera hasta el río. Wow hay TONELADAS de cocodrilos. Nos tomamos una foto del río y aquí está. Comentario cuántos cocodrilos se puede detectar.

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Alors que nous roulions retour à Tamarindo Jaco y avait un pont sur ​​l'autoroute.

Lorsque nous roulions à Jaco , nous avons vu des gens sur le côté du pont . Alors nous nous sommes garés sur le côté de la route et sommes sortis de la voiture . Mon père a été photographié quelque chose de si nous avons dit que nous allions le rencontrer sur le pont . Ma mère , Krazy Kid et je marchais sur le trottoir de la rivière . Wow Il ya des tonnes de crocodiles . Nous avons pris une photo de la rivière et ici il est. Commentaire combien vous pouvez repérer les crocodiles .

Surfing With Josymar

The morning after we arrived in Jaco the boys and I had the incredible opportunity to have a private surf lesson with Josymar, one of the top surfers in Costa Rica. _DSC2914He is a talented and well-known surfer, an enthusiastic instructor, and very passionate about his sport.  The boys just loved their lesson and did amazing.IMG_4504

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4422I managed to catch some waves but was out of breath after only half an hour, but I did not want to quit since it was so much fun….Tonia was taking some pictures and watching us nervously from the shoreline. 
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We can’t wait to get out again

Surf Competition

This morning were up at 5:45am, got in the car, and a few minutes later we were at the top of a hill overlooking the coastline where a surf competition was being held._DSC3011 _DSC3004 _DSC3009we watched some of the top surfers in Costa Rica compete. The waves were big and rocks were abound leaving little room for mistakes…It was interesting to be surrounded by so many surfers and their supporters, clearly bonded like a family by the sport of surfing…

Definitely won’t be our last competition!

We’ve also decided to stay another night in Jaco – to join the party that is happening here tonight.  It’s been a great trip and we will share our pictures when we arrive back “home” in Tamarindo.

A Rainy Day …Yahoooo!

Today was a great day….Tonia and I were up at 6:30 am…yes I was even up : ), the boys got up around 7:30 and by 8:50 we were out of the door and heading to Budget car rental to pick up our car for the week.

Of course the car was not ready at the time we booked it since they had to bring it in from the airport town of Liberia, so we decided to go to the bank to cash some money which was an interesting process…when you first walk in to the bank you are greeted by an armed guard who asks you what you need then gives you a number and directs you to a seat so you can wait for the tellers to call you.  It is very quiet and formal, only one person is allowed at the teller at a time, and you must have your passport at all times…no one seems to be in a rush though and the teller actually smiles.

After the bank we decided to go for a coffee at a small cafe

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(Costa Rican coffee tastes great by the way). and while there we met a couple who happened to be involved with the art community in town and asked me to submit my work for a show…so I am excited about the opportunity. After our coffee we headed back to Budget and picked up our car, the rep was great and very professional although not in a rush…it is so hot here so everyone moves a little slower. 

Did I mention that it is really hot here.  It seems that there is always a layer of sweat on your skin.

We headed to Santa Cruse (a small town about a half hour drive from Tamarindo). For lunch we enjoyed a Fish Casado which is a typical local dish

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..it was fresh and tasty and with service to match…and only cost about $10. 

While we waited for our meal though we were excited when we heard some thunder….and then the rain came down!…the rain seemed to cool everything down and no one seemed to be concerned about getting wet.  The rain was welcomed with celebration, coming in the midst of a season with not nearly enough rain, and an overwhelmingly relentless heat that need to break.  Yahoo!

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The low clouds created a mist rising over the forest on the surrounding hills so I had to stop for a quick picture.

When we got back into Tamarindo the rain started again and the streets were muddy.

Navigating the rain filled potholes with the little Toyota was a challenge, but we made it home and prepared a healthy dinner.

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By the way we still have running water. Another Yahoo!

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve Arrived!

After nearly a year since we thought about this big move…we are finally in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and it is hot…I mean really hot!

The final days leading up to this point were a blur, we had to to clean and deliver our boat to its new skippers. 
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Tonia and I then had to pack our home and prepare it for the new family who
would be moving in next month, meet with the bank to take care of our accounts,_DSC2673 meet with the lawyer to sign all the forms for the house sale, and then sort and pack our things for storage. And finally we had to tackle the “packing room”, a room full of the essentials which we would take with us into ten suitcases and four carry-ons. _DSC2759 This was a big challenge as there were so many things we really wanted to have here but had to instead pack away for another time.

To add to the craziness Tonia’s and I had to pick up our passports in MississaugaIMG_1138 (an hour plus drive away from home) the day before we were leaving.  Needless to say we were stressed, but we did manage to do it all in the neck of time…..We arrived within 40 minutes of closing – and were happy to have them in our hands.

An hour later, on August 18, we reached our hotel by the airport and had about a half hour to rest before some friends and family members came to say _DSC2779goodbye to us…we had a great time with everyone, and of course some hard and emotional goodbyes. 

After that we hit the sack and even managed to get a few hours of sleep. _DSC2799

Before we knew it though it was time to get up (3am) and head to the airport. _DSC2803the boys were great and did not complain about having to get up so early. They were so excited. Even after we stood in line for over two hours they were well behaved and able to hold it together.  Thanks to US customs we almost missed our flight…yes we arrived at the gate just over seven minutes before the plane was scheduled to take off…that was crazy.

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IMG_1143Our flight was uneventful and after a brief stop in Atlanta we finally landed in Liberia, Costa Rica…We even managed to have almost all our suitcases arrive with us! All except for one which stayed in Atlanta for another day…Costa Rican customs was great, they never blinked an eye, and off we went with four carts of luggage onto Costa Rican soil.  As we walked out of the airport we were greeted by a familiar face holding a sign with Tonia’s name on it….it was our shuttle driver who had brought IMG_1154us to the airport the last time we were in Costa Rica…we loaded our bags and an hour later we were in Tamarindo in front of our new home. We were greeted by a smiling condo manager (Liane) and two other gentlemen who helped us to bring our bags up to the third floor…We were welcomed by a plate of cookies, and a bottle of wine being chilled in the fridge.  Thanks so much Liane!  You are the best!

Did I tell you how hot it was?….well lets just say it was really really hot…we were tired, excited, and looking forward to a nice cold shower…….That was not to be though as we found out that our condo did not have running water and there were workers who were installing a reserve water tank in the condo….of course we were told that this would be done in a an hour or so.  Turns out we learned right away what is meant by the term Tico Time….

Now we are in our third day and finally today we resolved the water issue.  Lucky for us we have a pool and the ocean is only six minute walk from here so we are just rolling with it and hopefully we will continue to have water tomorrow.

For now we’ll just say “Pura Vida”…or in another words, take it as it comes, be in the moment, live the good life….

 

Letting Go: Nine Days and Counting

So today we said our goodbyes to Mom and Dad and Auntie Laura. It was an emotional day for Tonia which is to be expected…For me it was a little easier as I was busy at Camp Cuisine where I get to spend the next four days teaching 27 kids how to prepare and appreciate good food. Rewarding.

We also spent some time with our boys sorting through their room…it was a little hard for them at times as they had to make some hard decisions between things they wanted to bring and the things they could not due to the limited space in our suitcases.  We had to explain a few times about the limited space we had, they did great and we are proud of their resiliency.

It is amazing how much stuff we managed to accumulate in the 8 years we’ve been in Barrie.  It is quite liberating to let go of so much of it…although hard at times as we tend to get attached to so much of the things around us.  Today we let go of our books, the big 55″ television by our cozy fireplace and the dining room table where we came together every night telling our stories of the day.  It was the gathering spot for games we played and often had great meals with family and friends. We will miss this space and these things, but all in all it is nice to let go of these objects.

A couple of days ago we accepted a deposit on our sailboat.  A bitter sweet day.  We made a lot of memories on the boat.  It is sad to see it go.  “Mast Confusion” will always be a fond memory and will continue to give us many hours of telling stories of adventures on Lake Simcoe. We are happy to know that it will give much joy and weather many storms with its new skippers!

Tomorrow will be more online work for Tonia, camp for me and the boys and of course more sorting and packing.

Then off to Teta’s to see my sister and my niece who are leaving Canada to go to their homes in other corners of the world, Dallas, Texas and Haifa, Israel.  It was a treat to  get to connect with them and spend a few days with them before we all part ways on our separate planes…..

It is very surreal that in nine days we will be in a new country and starting a new life….OMG!

 

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The Last Supper: Ten More Days and Counting!

After months of contemplation, an exploratory trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, many months, and what seemed to be endless hours of work to prepare for our new adventure, (including selling our house, boat, and most of our possessions) we are finally in the packing stage with only ten days left before we board a plane from Toronto to Costa Rica.

Of course we have had many gatherings with family and friends to say our farewells, sometimes there were tears….there has also been much encouragement and support.

We are very excited, sometimes nervous, and often full of anticipation.

We will share our journey with all of you.  We have been consumed with the preparations but we are back online and will share all the details about our decision and our plan, and the adventure of our transition to life in Central America!!

Tonight we enjoyed a quiet one in our home – an unusual occurrence among all of the farewells.  Today we had our “Last Supper” with Mom and Dad and Auntie Laura. Thanks Mom!  Your world famous homemade lasagna rocks!!!  Thanks so much for your hard work!

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