The Probation is Over

March 25, 2007

In two weeks, I will have been in Costa Rica for three months. Because a passport-entry visit is legally limited to three months, this means that some action is required on my part. The officially required action is that I leave the country, but I am permitted to return after an absence of at least…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like ‘Selby’…

March 18, 2007

(Forgive me my judgemental moment of unrestrained snobbery. I’m striving for progress, after all, not perfection.) It is, apparently, going to be a long two weeks. My new guests appear to be wretched, vile, vulgar, products of the sort of America spawned in a backwoods Tennessee trailer park but, having come into money (through luck…

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Death to the white bread!

March 8, 2007

I was recently working on a new blog entry when I stopped and reviewed some of those I had recently posted. Later, when I had awoken from my boredom-inspired catatonic state, it occurred to me that perhaps I am playing things a little safe. Did I take a vow of relative poverty and travel all…

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What’s not to like?

February 27, 2007

Some of my readers are getting the idea that it’s all a life of effortless bliss down here. I suppose this is my fault, as I have been posting pictures of beaches, talking about the sun and the warm ocean, listing wildlife sightings, dropping references to maid-cooked breakfasts, and describing seemingly endless sessions of contemplating…

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Enough sitting around already

February 6, 2007

On Thursday morning, I set out with local friends Amore and Neil, their neice from South Africa, Missy, as well as Rick, on a hike from Puerto Viejo to Cahuita. By road, it is 18km to Cahuita, but we walked the beach, which involves rounding Cahuita Point, so it might be a little over 20km…

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Another challenging day

January 30, 2007

This morning I was up at 5:45. In Vancouver, the only time I ever saw 5:45am was when I had been up all night partying (and that hasn’t happened in more than a few years). For the last few years, staying up until midnight has been a challenge. Despite this, dragging myself out of bed…

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A few warm photos

January 21, 2007

I’ve received a request from Pat for photos of the beach, to help her through the dreary cold days of winter in Vancouver. Here’s a few to help warm you all up (click for larger images): This is Playa Negra, a black sand beach that stretches from Puerto Viejo to Cahuita, looking north. Cahuita National…

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Less wild life, more wildlife

January 19, 2007

Costa Rica is not a very big country, physically. At 51,100 km² (0.1% of the world’s land mass), it’s about 4,000 km² smaller than the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. However, it is big in terms of natural history, and contains 6% of the biodiversity of the entire planet, with more species of birds than…

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First week in CR

January 13, 2007

Well, I have been in Costa Rica for a week. Time for a recap. For the most part, the bus ride from San Jose to Puerto Viejo was as expected: longish and warmish. The only unusual thing was the kid sitting next to me. I was by the window, and he on the aisle. Once…

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My bag has been found

January 8, 2007

Good news: my missing bag has been found and arrived at the airport this morning. Now I just have to get it. If I wait for them to deliver it to me, I might be in San Jose for another day, so back to the airport I go. I don’t imagine that American will be…

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A few minor complications

January 7, 2007

So far, this hasn´t been the smoothest start I´ve ever had to a trip, but it´s not a disaster, either. I had planned to ride to Seattle with my friends Pat and Joe on Friday morning at 10:00, but since it was snowing, we aited until noon, waiting for the expected rain to come and…

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My backpack is getting a little restless

November 14, 2006

I’m shocked that it’s mid-November already – it seems like just last week it was 1987. How the time does accelerate as we age. Where’s the justice in this? It just reinforces my opinion that intelligent design was at best an ability of Le Corbusier and that the Darwin-deniers in Arkansas (or Red Deer?) have…

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Vacation wrap-up

September 4, 2006

I’m back in Vancouver now, but having failed to do so while travelling, I will briefly summarise the rest of the trip. I managed to walk many kilometres in and around Quebec City which, having discovered in Montreal that my walking-specific shoes are not suitable for walking, resulted in rather sore arches. On the final…

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The silver cloud has a dark lining

August 26, 2006

I’ve long heard nothing but good things about Quebec City, and certainly, I can understand the basis for the enthusiasm, to some extent. Physically it is very appealing; it is the only walled city north of Mexico, as all the brochures will tell you; the upper town is generally well preserved; and there are opportunities…

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Quebec City

August 24, 2006

I am now in Quebec City, having arrived here by train this evening. Although I’ve heard many good things about it, I wasn’t particularly in the mood for Montreal, I found. Except perhaps for better art, I’m not sure that it was all that different from downtown any-where-else-in-Canada. I suppose if I had a knowledgeable…

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Voeux de Montreal!

August 23, 2006

Well, once again, I am unemployed-by-choice, and on the road. I finished work on Friday, August 18th, got on my bike and rode out to Ruskin for a little farmwork. I rode back Monday, and then flew to Montreal on Tuesday, having decided that I needed a little vacation before school starts on September 6th.…

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Another day in paradise

August 17, 2005

On Tuesday I was out canoeing on the canals between 5:30 and 11:30. There were seven of us, plus our guide, Barbara Hartung. Barbara is a great guide as she can name every bird, reptile, bug and plant found in the area (either that or she’s really a talented fraud who can whip off convincing…

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Sea Turtles

August 15, 2005

After a night in San Jose, I arrived in Tortuguero this afternoon. It is on the northern Caribbean coast and is surrounded in water, with no roads, so getting here involves two buses from San Jose followed by a one-hour canal trip in a long, low flat-bottomed boat. Along the way we saw several crocodiles.…

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