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Costa Rica’s Independence Day September 15

September 8, 1502 Christopher Columbus arrived on the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica near the present city of Limon. The native Indians greeted the Spaniards with interest and brought them cotton cloth, gold pendants as well as weapons-clubs, bows and arrows. The Indians wore gold mirrors around their necks. The Spaniards were impressed because they ...

How Do Costa Ricans Celebrate Christmas? By Eating Tamales

HOW DO COSTA RICANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?  By Eating Tamales.They gather the families together and eat tamales.  The Costa Rican Tamale is made from corn masa as the base and it is filled with many different ingredients.  Among these are primarily pork, and then add sweet red pepper, carrots, green beans, olives, finely chopped garlic, onions, pr...

ART GALLERY IN ALAJUELA

ART GALLERY IN ALAJUELA Xinia and I visited an art gallery in Alajuela  Sr Y Sra Ese  Here you can see works of art made of exotic woods, such as jewelry, vases, boxes, and many other gift items.  The most famous is the  beautiful hand crafted wooden jewelry.  The gallery offers a factory tour [caption id="attachment_5077" align="alignleft" ...

Typical Costa Rican Food

[caption id="attachment_4580" align="alignleft" width="300"] Casada-typical plate of Costa Rica[/caption] Typical Costa Rican Food as experienced by my friend Jack who also writes a travel blog. The Great Culinary of Costa Rica-Typical Costa Rican food. In Costa Rica it's really interesting how the people cook well,  but with simple recipes. The...

Costa Rica’s First Female President: Laura Chinchilla!!

[caption id="attachment_3683" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Costa Rica's first woman president Laura Chinchilla[/caption] Congratulations to Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica's first female president, elected with 46% of the votes cast,  sixty years after women were first allowed to vote in Costa Rica.  Ms Chinchilla was Oscar Arias' Vice Presiden...

Artist Group Being Formed in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

[caption id="attachment_3531" align="aligncenter" width="221"] Jan Yaksko painting[/caption] Artist Group Being Formed in the Central Valley of Costa Rica "ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE."   Pablo Picasso The new artist group has a name  " Conjunto De Artistas" and is the brainchild of Jan Yatsko.  Jan and her husban...

Blue Moon Over Costa Rica, A Very Happy New Year!

[caption id="attachment_3439" align="aligncenter" width="269"] Blue Moon over Costa Rica with partial Eclipse![/caption] [caption id="attachment_3440" align="aligncenter" width="300"] New York City, New Year's Eve 2009, The BIG BALL[/caption] Blue Moon Over Costa Rica, A Very Happy New Year! Costa Rica has something celestial to ring in the New ...

What Do the Real Costa Ricans do To Celebrate The New Year?

What Do the Real Costa Ricans do To Celebrate The New Year? The Real Costa Ricans head to the beaches to celebrate New Years.  They go by car, by bus, and even by horse.  They stay in the expensive hotels, modest hotels, family owned beach houses, and even in tents.   The beaches all over Costa Rica belong to the all people of Costa Rica.  So...

Some More Costa Rica History: Revolutions

  Some More Costa Rica History: Revolutions A Plurp of Costa Rica's History Costa Rica today is a social democracy with presidential elections held every four years.  The present constitution was adopted in 1949, and provides for a set of checks and balances.  At that time the military was abolished and a civil police force was formed. ...