The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

Costa Rica Day 10 The end is near

For those of you that keep track, remember last Sunday we went to Liberia and got lost amidst a city wide celebration, and the way we escaped was to put Church’s Chicken in the GPS. Well we promised to be in church today, and we were. We went to the Beachfront Community Church. Now it wasn’t beach front and, like many public buildings here, it did not have walls. It was quite breezy, so that made service a lot of fun, but they were ready and it did not faze them a bit. Me, I was sweating throughout the service, and no it was not because I was convicted, it was because I was hot and the breeze, well it too was hot. The winds are called Papygao, and they are seasonal. 

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Pre Service

Pre-Service

The outside of our church

The outside of our church

After Church we did something we had not done since we have been here, we ate inside a place with actual air conditioning and walls. While inside, Tra spotted a friend of hers, a little boy that had been wandering the area trying to sell things, and when he met us, Tra loaded up with his wares. Ever since then, every time we see him he waves emphatically. So Tra ordered him a mango smoothie and while I paid the bill she ran it over to him. He was very excited and drank it quickly. I think we have another amigo in the area. 

Tra's new best friend

Tra's new best friend

Another interesting tidbit, apparently the dry season is the burn season. Yeh, I know, it makes no sense to me either. But we noticed fires all over the place and so we asked what was the deal, and the deal is they don’t care about wild fires. They flat don’t care. The fires burn slow, and the houses are not built out of wood, so they don’t care. Apparently the Papygao winds end the end of this month and then everybody really burns like crazy, along with the hillsides. Every once in a while they take out a power pole, but hey who cares?

Fires across the way

Fires across the way

More fires, they are everywhere

More fires, they are everywhere

Finally we have hit several grocery stores here, the main ones are called Super Compro, Super Mercado, Auto Mercoda and Double Massai. The most American one is the one in Playa Del Coco, which we have shopped once. Most of the time, they look like the pictures below. 

Small grocery store items, typical items.

Small grocery store items, typical items.

We ended the day returning to one of our favorite restuarants, or first re-eatery, and it again was wonderful, El Coconut in Tamarindo. There

 we ended the night looking at the sunset and reflecting on the fact that we have passed the half way point of our great adventure, and like the pastor said this morning, the end is near. 

the moon has been fantastic lately

the moon has been fantastic lately

Tamarindo sunset

Tamarindo sunset

This little fella greeted us when we came home. You can't see it in this pic, but they are very colorful, and mean, much meaner than dungeness, the meanest Alaska crab.

This little fella greeted us when we came home. You can't see it in this pic, but they are very colorful, and mean, much meaner than dungeness, the meanest Alaska crab.

 What we learned:

1. A church without walls, and wind, can add empasis to the message if timed right.

2. A church without walls can make you sweat, which isn’t always bad.

3. Fires in Costa Rica, just like the people, burn slower.

4. The markets closest to the tourist areas are by far the most expensive.

5. The kids here work hard, and they appreciate a mango smoothie.

One response

  1. Stephen

    Reaching the halfway point of a vacation is something I try not to think about. However, it does help a person evaluate what to do with the time remaining. Sounds like you make every day count. Happy for you!

    March 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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