Donde es el parada de bus por Tuccurrique?

The question of the day! The other day Tasha and I walked into the closest town, Tuccurique to use the internet at the internet cafe. The walk was probably only about 5 miles but it was all uphill and downhill and then uphill again. One of the dogs (Popeye) followed us the entire way. He was such a trooper!

He only has one eye, and is pretty ratted up looking, but he kept pushing with us. A couple of times, Tasha and I wanted to give upend just pass out in the middle of the road but we kept going. Popeye would bark at us and that gave us some encouragement.

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When we got to the internet cafe, Popeye fell asleep for the couple of hours that we were there. We walked up and down the main street that the cafe is on and grabbed some snacks and refilled our water bottles. I got a cup from a restaurant and filled it with water for the dog. Then we headed back to the house.

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Today, we decided to take the bus back into Turrialba, the city that Annette took us to on Saturday. The bus stop to get to Turrialba is only a few hundred feet from the corner of the street that we stay on. The bus ride was about 45 minutes and when we got to Turrialba I was surrounded by the warm emotions that this city brings. Have you ever felt that you just love being somewhere? That is what this city does to me.

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She and I grabbed another cup of coffee and some food and explored a bit before walking back to attempt to find the bus stop (parada de bus) to get back to the house. After multiple attempts and our broken spanish, we were able to get on the correct bus back to the house.

The evening ended with spending time with one of the welcoming neighbors making empanadas at her house! And we made them from scratch!!

The day was beautiful and the people are even more beautiful. Each day we become a bit more comfortable with being in a new country and speaking the language.

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Coffee in the Park

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The last few days have been amazing!! Tasha and I were able to travel though a lot of the Costa Rican country side and explore with a new friend named Annette that we met. She is a local that also travels through much of the country while spending her off time working as a gardner. What a beautiful spirit she has!

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Flying into CR! still blogging  lol

Friday we met her at an internet cafe in the next city over. Tasha and I took the bus there and chatted with some of the people that lived nearby. We met Annette when she came in and was surprised that we spoke english and knew some of the people that we had met! She offered to take us around the area the next day.

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Saturday she met up with us and drove us (what a relief to have met someone with a car in the middle of the Costa Rican mountains!!) to Turrialba, which is about an hour from where we are staying. The drive was amazingly beautiful!! and Turrialba has a spirit all its own. I am amazed at how friendly and helpful the locals are. My spanish is not perfect but those that I have met are very patient with me and try help me even when I know that I am not speaking correct grammar. I have definitely developed a new found respect for those in the US that do not speak English and attempt to live there perminately and get around with minimal resources.

While in Turrialba, we went to a local cafe and had coffee, empanadas (which are like meat, potato and veggie filled sandwiches) for the three of us, everything totaled about $6.00. The exchange rate is similar to the US for something and cheaper or expensive for other items. Gas is less expensive here and a ride on the bus is about $0.50. A cup of coffee (about a medium sized cup) is about a dollar and a sandwich and fries combo at a fast food restaurant is about $5.00 depending on where you are.

On our way out of Turrialba, we met a wood carver named Miguel. Coffee is a very profitable staple in Costa Rica and you can see coffee fields for days around the country. Miguel would take the roots of the coffee trees and carve figurines out of them! Check out the video we have of him carving an owl for us.

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After returning from the city, Tasha and I came back to the house, cleaned up, fed the animals and rested for a bit. Annette would be picking us up in a few short hours and taking us to a local bar to try Costa Rican cerveza. The bar was just up the road and the owner was such a sweet guy. He joked with me and Tasha about our spanish but tildes about his bar and the area. He spoke with a  lot of pride about Costa Rica and how lively the people who live here are. He recommended that when we get a chance, we go exploring and learn all we can. We spent the next couple of hours listening to music and watching others at the bar dance… watching because goodness knows I have two left feet and didn’t want to make a fool of myself! hah!

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The night ended with the sounds of the music still playing in my ears as we headed back to the house and my eyes struggling to stay open. It was a peaceful ending to such a beautiful day

 

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Our Deepest Fear

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A few short months ago I made a decision that would change my life forever. One that would impact me, my family and my future family to come. The day has finally come that in less than 12 hours, I will not only be in another country, with another language, another way of life, but I will be embarking on a spiritual, emotional and physical journey that will take me around the world.

One of my favorite quotes is that “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” and this trip proves that.

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Life happens in moments

I just decided to post some new photos for you to see what i’ve been up to lately 🙂

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Peace MarchImage

I think I captured his soul in this momentImage

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I caught her in an off moment of excitement Image

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Panoramic view from a house I was visitingImage

Catching up with an old friendImage