To Shop or Not To Shop

I am not enthusiastic about shopping. Except shopping for post modern furniture, Eileen Fisher bedding, Hanro underwear or Ecco shoes. Which means, I rarely actually shop – as in to purchase. Window shopping has it’s drawbacks also. It usually involves walking long distances on hard surfaces, inducing not only backaches, but requiring frequent high-calory pit-stops […]

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Ball Room Dancing

Tropical sunshine is something very special and amazingly strong, not that this constitutes news. Simply an observation. As mentioned before, the month of October has been somewhat overly moist and quite chilly here in our mountain perch. The temperature in the house often didn’t quite reach 70ºF/21ºC, forcing me to find socks for my icy […]

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Passing a Calamity

Coming back from Alajuela this afternoon, we had to stop a while on a switchback section of Hwy 3 between Rio Grande in the valley and Los Angeles, the first suburb before you hit Atenas centro.  For the first 20 minutes or so, we just sat there in the rain getting tired. We had enjoyed […]

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Maracuyá Delight

I have a passion for passion fruit. This is the large and shiny Golden Passion Fruit variety of the Americas, Passiflora edulis, almost always available at our Friday market, not be confused with the smaller, dark purple Passiflora pinnatistipula, which the Ecuadorians call purupuru and the Columbians refer to as gulupa. I just learned that […]

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A Rainy Market Day

Amidst the deafening drumbeat of rain on our metal roof, I sit across from the TV, unable to hear the slightest sound, even though the audio is turn up to maximum. Such a waste of first class music. To my right lies Otto, naturally calm, unfazed, dozing. Across my left ankle we have Vandal, freshly […]

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Civic Duty

δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía) “rule of the people” Yesterday afternoon I arrived at a town meeting, with Prussian punctuality, precisely at the appointed time. Four others were already there. Four.  This meeting, widely advertised, had been called by the Asociación Cámara de Comercio de Atenas and the Delegación Policial de Atenas. It was a presentation about security […]

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