Costa Rica

Clouds Suck

Everything white. My nose and throat full of mist, my feet disappeared, I can see no further than the variometer in my lap, which reads 832 meters- surely that can’t be right? I jumped 270-feet in five seconds? Alex’s voice crackles on the radio. “Go west, go to the beach. West!” The compass says I’m …

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Island Life

It’s funny how many people ask me what it’s like to live on an island referring to my life in Costa Rica- which is, of course, not an island at all- when the one I do live on is in Toronto. I guess that’s counter-intuitive for most who don’t know about it this gem in …

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Don’t Throw Up

The summer drought ended today and the frogs are beside themselves. Loud bellowing from every hollow. Crazy birds I’ve never heard before are nattering at each other. Trees are flush with colour and the ground, finally relaxed, lets go of all the rich smells and creatures it was holding. But the frogs. My god what …

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Wish They Were Here

Last Thursday at approximately 10:30 pm a motorcycle carrying Wilson and Mery Mendez and their two young sons Gino and Josue, was struck by a SUV traveling at high speed on one of the main roads through Ojochal. The driver of the SUV (a resident ex-pat) continued to accelerate, dragging the bike and it’s passengers …

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The Banana Did It

“There was a fire”, he said. My mechanic Heiner and I stood in front of a burnt out Mitsubishi 4×4. The engine compartment was already empty and the body of the car had both fire and smoke damage. The ‘Firestone Destination’ tires however looked OK and I needed some. When I lived in San Diego …

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Thinking like Bella

Meet Bella. Bella is a young ridgeback between one and two years old and one of many dogs up for adoption. She and her sister were the last two I met on Saturday when I dropped by the Veterinary clinic in the nearby town of Uvita de Osa to learn about fostering a dog for …

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