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Día de la Independencia

I was invited by a friend to walk in the Independence Day parade on September 15th. in the town of Parrita.  I was so excited to be a part of such a special event, and especially to be walking with the high school seniors on the eve of my 37th birthday!  I was given a traditional Costa Rican dress to wear and my hair was done by my friends mother.

THAT DRESS!!!  Oh, how I wanted to keep that dress.


angel in parade

angel in the middle




CR parade

CR parade

CR parade



It was really hot.  The asphalt was burning right through my sandals so I danced most of the way just so I could lift my feet off the ground.  Lucky for me we were positioned right behind the band.  ;)  Good times.



Happy Birthday and Independance Day!

It’s Costa Rica’s Independence Day and the entire country is celebrating!  We were caught in traffic yesterday and eventually figured out we were riding behind a group of runners being led by a young man carrying a torch.

Curious, I looked into the tradition and found this…

“Today, the flame from the torch in Guatemala is taken by students running from country to country, town to town and school to school. Every school in all the local towns receives the flame to light their own torches and take it back to their own local community. By 6pm, all the faroles across Costa Rica are lit with this flame of liberty that originated in Guatemala, and people pore into the streets singing the national anthem and songs of independence.”

The celebrating continued through the evening as we watched hundreds of people gathered on the streets of Jaco waving their flags and showing their pride.  Children were dressed in their school uniforms and some in beautiful costumes practicing their dances in the streets in preparation for today’s festivities.

I’ll share more on that tomorrow, because today we’re celebrating Julie’s and Luc’s birthday!  Julie and I decided to make a tradition of going out for lunch together to celebrate our birthday’s (mine is tomorrow) so we took an ATV and headed to one of our favorite local restaurants, then some time at the beach, and finally letting her drive me home.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY my little whipper snappers.  This year we party Costa Rican style!



A day in Jacó

It’s no wonder Jacó  is one of the most visited destinations in Costa Rica.  With it’s trendy restaurants, shops, beautiful beach, and rockin’ night life, it’s a perfect playground for the young and adventurous crowd.  The two and a half mile strip ranks one of Costa Rica’s top ten beaches and is the surf mecca of the central Pacific coast.  It’s absolutely breathtaking and only 15 minutes North of our home in Esterillos Oeste.

And if surfing’s not your thing, no worries, there’s enough to do ’round these parts to keep you plenty busy!  Things like…  ATV tours, horseback riding, crocodile safari, national parks and reserves, boat and kayak excursions, white-water rafting, canopy tours, bungee jumping, and let’s not forget the shopping

If you’re into toucans, hot sun, a stunning beach, and happy hour this is your place!  I found two gems here today, one was a little health food store that sells the flouride-free toothpaste we use (this means we don’t have to drive two hours into Alajuela for it, yeah!) and a shoe warehouse selling Steve Maddens and Michael Antonio’s for around 5000 colones ($1o) a pair.  I almost missed the inconspicuous little shop but my spidey senses were tingling as I walked passed the door. :)

Must come back at night as soon as Ivan and I can successfully plan the great escape.

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