Snake Scare

It was our gardener’s assistant who sounded the alarm. The undergardener had been clearing underbrush behind the laundry drying area in the far corner of our “plantel”. El plantel is the level area of a property on which people build their homes. In our mountainous Central Costa Rican neighborhoods, a pantel is usually carved out of the face […]

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Un Garrobo, Brisas Dulces y Maracuyá

‘GARROBITO’ Friday morning in Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica, invariably means a stroll past the stands of la feria agricultura. The vendors sell locally grown produce, as well as chickens, eggs, cheeses, meats, baked goods, coffee, tamales and much more. Their stands form a double ‘L’ along two sides of a mildly neglected park with an exercise area for the marching band […]

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