September and October have proved to be quite busy! Tess had 8 healthy pups this month, but I am also very excited about this months newsletter! Costa Rica is such a beautiful country with so much to offer. I love sending clients to Costa Rica, because they always come back with wonderful stories.
When I went to CR, it was not as a ‘vacation’ destination. I had the opportunity to go with a group of teens from our church on a missions trip several years ago. We got to visit the back country! At times we were on roads to nowhere it seemed like, and then we’d come to these tiny villages and meet the most awesome people! Our team hiked into the mountains to visit a village of Bribri Indians. When we arrived they looked at us quite inquisitively because as we hiked up the mountain it was very muddy in spots and we showed up looking like a bunch of dirty and tired people! They loved getting the toys and clothing that we brought to them though!
Costa Rica is such a diverse climate, with rain forests, cloud forests, beaches etc. If you want a great way to get a wonderful overview of Costa Rica, I love this tour operator: http://www.caravan.com/tour/costa-rica. Not a perfect fit? Don’t worry, there is an abundance of tours or Independent travel I can build just for you! Guanacaste is one of the favorite areas for many of my clients. It has several all-inclusive properties situated on the beach. For those that are more adventuresome, we put together a variety of places within Costa Rica. Arenal, La Fortuna, Guanacaste, Quepos, Jaco, Corcovado National Park…the possibilities are endless…
Intrested in knowing more? Check out what makes Costa Rica Unique: http://www.visitcostarica.com/
Costa Rica Facts
Capital City: San José
Population: Over 4 million people
Climate: Tropical. Summer is lush, Winter is dry. Warm weather prevails throughout the year
Size: 50 miles long, 150 miles wide (51,000 sq. km)
Language: The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Native languages include Bribrí and as well as others spoken by thousands of Costa Ricans. English is the first foreign language and the second most taught language in Costa Rica, followed by French, German, Italian and Chinese.
Currency: The colon
Entry Requirements: Passport and return tickets are required to enter Costa Rica
Taxes: a 13% tax and 10% service charge are added to checks in restaurants. Travelers may leave extra tip for good service. There is an airport departure tax of approximately $26.00.
A unique place to go if you like reptiles such as turtles and more….
Tortuguero which means ‘Region of Turtles’ in Spanish is nesting ground for sea turtles every year from March to mid-October. This nesting period known as the arribadas occurs when the moon is fading. Therefore, if you wish to see these turtles nest, it will be after 6:00 pm with a guide, as no one is allowed to explore the beach unaccompanied after this time. A great way to see the turtles nest is from a boat, canoe, or kayak off shore, so as not to disturb the turtles during their nesting or mating period.
The most typical Costa Rican Menu is called a “Casado” (Married Man”), and it is always a platter with rice, beans, cabbage or other salad, meat or fish, sweet plantains, and Picadillos. Picadillos are alway small squares of vegetables or potatoes with ground beef and sausage,(chorizo) fried together and then cooked covered until the vegetables are tender. Picadillo means “Chopped”.
Three Milks (the most popular Costa Rican dessert) 18 portions.
5 eggs separate yolks 1 can evaporated milk; ¬ tsp. Salt 1 can condensed milk; 1 cup of sugar 1 cup whipping cream; 1/8 cup white vinegar; « cup of milk; « cup vainilla 1 tsp. vainilla; 1 « cups flour 2 tsp. de rum (Amaretto?); 2 tsp. Baking powder 2 egg yolks; « cup boiling water.
1. Preheat oven to 350§ F or 180§ C
2. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff, during 3 minutes so they are very fluffly, keep aside.
3. Beat the egg yolks, the vinegar and the vainilla separatedly during 3 minutes. Add the boiling water slowly, keep aside.
4. Sift the flower, baking powder and alternatingly fold, the egg whites, the dry ingredients and the mixture of the yolks. Pour in a greased and floured rectangular pyrex of 22 cm. Wide by 34 cm long and 4cm high and put in the oven for 25 minutes. Take it out, separate the sides, make holes with a wet knife and soak with cream of the milks.
2 big egg whites 1 cup of sugar; « cup of water 1/8 tsp. Cream of tartar; 1/8 tsp. Lemon juice; 1/8 tsp. salt;
Put the egg whites in the beater but do not whip yet. Aside in a medium pot mis the rest of the ingredients at a moderate heat until it boils for exactly one minute making bubbles. Remove from heat, pour over the eggs and immediately whip. Whip for exactly 5 minutes and decorate the surface.
PURA VIDA! Pura vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, but “Pure life” in Spanish would be “Vida pura” instead, so the real meaning is closer to “plenty of life”, “full of life”, “this is living!”, “going great”, “real living”,”Awesome!” or “cool!” It can be used both as a greeting and a farewell, to express satisfaction, to politely express indifference when describing something, or even to say “thank you” or “you’re welcome”. The phrase has become universally known in Costa Rica and it has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956.
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