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Thursday, April 23, 2015

What does jajajaja or jejejeje mean??

 

Are you ever on Facebook or somewhere and someone writes:
jajajaja  -  ja ja ja ja 
OR
jejejeje  -  je je je je

and you wonder "What the heck are they talking about??"


Since the letter "J" is pronounced as an "H" in Spanish 
jajajaja  -  ja ja ja ja
is the Spanish equivalent to what we'd say
"Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!" (laughing)
and
jejejeje  -  je je je je is the Spanish equivalent to our
"He! He! He! He!" (also laughing)


BUT
Monica shared that you want to be careful using
jijijiji  -  ji ji ji ji
because its more naughty!!!!



Another Living Life in Costa Rica Hint!!!


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica•DACR - Monthly Meeting - APRIL - "US Tax Compliance for US Citizens Living Abroad"

DEMOCRATS ABROAD Costa Rica
APRIL MONTHLY MEETING

Saturday  -  APRIL 25, 2015  -  9:30am till noon-ish

PROGRAM:

US Tax Compliance for US Citizens Living Abroad. 
We will be live via Skype with Washington DC tax lawyer Christopher M. Klug, Esq., LL.M. 
He will speak to us about what we missed filing our returns April 15 so we can amend them. 
What we need to know is our obligations under FACTA. 
There will be time set aside for Q&A.    

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We are a party under a big tent and there are many different views and opinions about US policy and politics. Let’s keep this in mind when we have discussions so that there are no personal attacks as we debate issues. We want to keep everyone in the tent with comfort and assurance that their views will be listened to with respect. It takes a party to keep us on track and we want that party intact.

 
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WHERE:
San Jose - Downtown
 Holiday Inn Aurola - 3rd floor
Calle 5 at Avenida 5 - in front of Parque Morazan
2-523-1000 (hotel's number if you get lost)



PARKING:  
FREE parking
is located ONLY in the Herdonza Parking Lot  
which is on the East side of the hotel.  At the meeting they'll announce instructions and you'll get a voucher in the lobby from the Bell Boys to present (get there early to get a space as it fills up fast on meeting days!!).

MEETING COST:
 5,000-colones 
Contribution for bocas and coffee break and meeting room space

***RSVP***
Reservations are REQUIRED at
DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com
OR
call Nelleke at 8-721-6497
*Please be sure to make your reservation if you plan to come to any DACR meeting as their cushion between what the hotel charges them and what they charge for attendance is getting very thin.  They used to order bocas for 3-5 extra people for meetings, but if they did that now they would lose money, so they order only for those who made their reservation, and then order extra on the day of the meeting.  However, the hotel can charge them 20% extra if they order bocas on the day of the meeting, so they need to avoid that.

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SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH 
Are you available to Drive?  Are you needing a ride (and willing to contribute towards gas/wear-n-tear)?  Want to Share a taxi?


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Guest are welcome at 1 meeting and then asked to *"join"•register -
it's FREE!!
*SIGNING UP OFFICIALLY FOR DEMOCRATS ABROAD
it's FREE to join!
To join - just attend a meeting  OR 
 go to the official International Democrats Abroad site:


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NEW LAW!!!
ALL USA CITIZENS LIVING ABROAD MUST RE-REGISTER TO VOTE IN EACH ELECTION YEAR IN ORDER TO VOTE.

  REGISTER TO VOTE AND REQUEST YOUR BALLOT ASAP.


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Costa Rica Democrats Abroad - Costa Rica


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MY DESCRIPTION ON DEMOCRATS ABROAD COSTA RICA (DACR)

LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2012/07/democrats-abroad-cr.html

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Official INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRATS ABROAD website:
DemocratsAbroad.org  •  Facebook.com/DemsAbroad


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Please SHARE this link with EVERYONE you know that will find this information helpful/interesting (especially on Facebook!)
(and tell them VICKI CONNECTED you!!):

tinyurl.com/DemocratsAbroadCRMeetingsApril

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Upcoming BOOK SALE seeking a Charity•Cause to donate no longer needed books to (mainly in English)


The Escazu monthly Community Garage Sale group is going to do a separate small BOOK SALE on Saturday May 9 in Escazu - for whomever wants to join in to sell their books at (this is not an ad for that - it's preface for below). 

BUT - I'd like to offer the option for sellers or just anyone with books they no longer need to drop off books to donate to some cause/charity doing their own big book sale - BUT - I'm having a challenging time finding such a cause these days. 

Looks like the San Ramon Community Action Alliance is not doing a sale this year & I have not heard back from anyone else.

I KNOW there are LOTS of people with LOTS of books they'd like to get rid of - especially to a good cause - it would be a waste to let this opportunity go.

Any ideas??  Anyone know any charities that could use/create such a benefit?  At least the people I'd be promoting to - most books would be in English.

They would HAVE to pick them up THAT DAY around 4pm.

Have whomever email me details about who they are & how they'd use them to me (Vicki Skinner) at:
LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com


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BOOK SALE - Have Books • DVD's • Video Games • CD's - heck - even Records • Cassettes • 8 Tracks you no longer need? Let someone else enjoy them at the Community Book Sale in Escazu


Do YOU have any
Books • DVD's • Video Games • CD's - heck - even Records • Cassettes • 8 Tracks or even Board Games • Games • Puzzles or Magazines
you no longer need?
Let someone else enjoy them at the Community Book Sale!


BAKED GOODS are welcome also

WHEN:
Saturday - May 9, 2015  -  10am-4pm

WHERE:
Escazu - Trejos Montelegre
(details coming closer to the date)

ENTRANCE:
FREE
(but it would be great if you have any books you no longer need, please bring them to pass on to
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for their upcoming Book Sale
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SELLERS:

Bring your OWN TABLE • Space:
5,000-c
6' wide space
(this donation goes towards taxi to get signs up, extra staff that day, promotions)


NEED A TABLE?
We're getting prices from a service to rent table so the price will be above PLUS the table rental fee:
$______


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DONATE YOUR OLD BOOKS
We're working on trying to find a charity to donate any no longer needed books so keep checking back.


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Monday, April 20, 2015

10 DIAS DE TRANSFORMACION en Costa Rica

Convencí a Marcos Jassan (mi amigo maestro, testigo y con un GRAN conocimiento de la practica de yoga) para venir a Costa Rica a dar su teacher training de 500 horas!!! Para mi el mas completo que hay!!

Ayurveda, campo energético, chakras, filosofía, yoga sutras, espiritualidad profunda, manejo impecable de la anatomía del cuerpo y una GRAN SENSIBILIDAD DE SANACION INTERIOR!

Del 1 al 10 de junio en La Eco Villa!! de 9 a 1 pm y 3 a 6 pm

(va a haber comida deliciosa y super saludable para apoyar la practica. Hotel a 15 minutos para las que quieran quedarse!

Toda la información en:carla@holisticnutritioncoaching.com!! 7-012-7348
https://marcos-jassan-p83x.squarespace.commario



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Monday, April 13, 2015

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE of Costa Rica - for U.S. Vets • Veterans living in Costa Rica


MARINE CORPS LEAGUE - Costa Rica

facebook.com/MCLeagueCR  •  Twitter.com/MCLeagueCR1
sites.google.com/site/MarineCorpsLeagueCostaRica

(their GREAT site!!!)  


The Marine Corps League of Costa Rica needs a FEW GOOD MEN (and women) -
Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen.


This is an opportunity for U.S. Marines to associate with other Marines to preserve the traditions and promote the interests of the United States Marine Corps.
Their goal is to offer camaraderie to Marines and Naval FMF Corpsman living in Costa Rica, and to give back to their adopted country.  A lot of focus on what they do (year around) is helping orphaned children and poor children.
MORE INFO ON THEM: 
 WeLoveCostaRica.com/public/Once_A_Marine_Always_A_Marine.cfm

PLUS
ALL Honorably Discharged U.S. MILITARY VETERANS are eligible to join as Associate Members

U.S. VETERANS•VETS Resources • Organizations • Contacts for U.S. Military Veterans Living in Costa Rica

UPDATED MAY 2014
I've started this page to mainstream resources that can help U.S. military Veterans living in Costa Rica
Marine's • Navy • Army • Green Berets

On this page we have info on:
•   SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS BRINGING VETS TOGETHER
Marine Corps League • American Legion • Guanacaste Veterans Association • American Legion - Auxiliary (for spouses) • VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars

•   Help for Retired U.S. Military Veterans having Problems Getting Your Medications into Costa Rica from Express Scripts

•   TriCare for Life • Champus - Military Retired Vets or people on VA Disability

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DYING in Costa Rica - Resources to help American•U.S. Citizens that Die•Pass Away in Costa Rica including Help for Vets that Die in Costa Rica like How to Get Cremation at 1/2 PRICE and How to Have ALL Your Expenses Taken Care of with Disposing of your body [by donating it to the medical school for science])
•   AA • NA • 12-Step Support

•   FREE Audio Book Lending Library

•   VETS HAPPY TO HELP!!!

•   Article on Services for U.S. Veterans in Costa Rica

•   FEDERAL BENEFITS Unit for issues with Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Civil Service [OPM] and Railroad Retirement Board

•   BUSINESSES OFFERING SUPPORT • DISCOUNTS TO U.S. VETERANS LIVING IN COSTA RICA
(like Free Hearing Aids • Free Hearing Exam • Discounts on Hearing Aids)

U.S. MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY hosted by the Marine Corps League of Costa Rica


Marine Corps League of Costa Rica
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

WHEN:
Saturday - May 30, 2015
1000 hours/10am

WHERE:
Cemeterio San Antonio in Escazú, Costa Rica


Vets • Members of the Marine Corps League of Costa Rica, family and friends dedicate roses to the 6 Marines buried there. All are welcome. Uniform of the day requested.

After the service they will lunch at RostiPollo restaurant in Escazú.

For more information on the Marine Corps League of Costa Rica, go to:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Feria del Gustico Costarricense 2015 - San Jose, Costa Rica


Feria del Gustico Costarricense 2015

Entrada es gratuita • Admission is FREE

El principal objetivo de esta feria es promover la comercialización de productos agro-alimentarios y servicios con valor agregado, dando a conocer a las micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas que representan la mejor calidad de de la oferta nacional y apoyando en este proceso a las empresas de zonas rurales.
The main objective of this fair is to promote the marketing of agro-food products and services with added value, revealing micro, small and medium enterprises represent the best quality of domestic supply and support in this process businesses in rural areas.
 
La actividad es organizada por el Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG), Ministerio de Economía Industria y Comercio (MEIC), Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (MICIT), Municipalidad de San José, Promotora de Comercio Exterior (PROCOMER), Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA), Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT), Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (INAMU), Centro Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CITA), Cámara de Exportadores de Costa Rica (CADEXCO), Universidad de Costa Ricamité que asegura la calidad de los productos exhibidos. 

Además se cuenta con el apoyo de empresas privadas, organismos internacionales y otras entidades públicas que actúan como patrocinadores.
It is also supported by private companies, international organizations and other public entities acting as sponsors.

La feria reunirá los productos que representan lo mejor de la oferta nacional del sector agroalimentario, artesanías, comidas y servicios con valor agregado de PYMES Y MIPYMES de Zonas Rurales.
The fair will bring together the products that represent the best of the domestic supply of food industry, crafts, food and value-added services to SMEs and MSMEs in Rural Areas.

Cada empresa es analizada y aprobada por un comité que asegura la calidad de los productos exhibidos.
Each company is analyzed and approved by a committee that ensures the quality of the products displayed.

CUANDO•WHEN:
17, 18 y 19 de Abril•April

DONDE•WHERE:
Antigua Aduana en San José

CONTACTO:feriagustico@mag.go.cr  •  2-231-2344


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

TALLER: MUJER: "Fuente de Vida y Poder" con Alba Molina


MUJER: "Fuente de Vida y Poder"
con Alba Molina
facebook.com/events/1009816122362196

CUANDO:
Miercoles - April 29, 2015

El mundo está repleto de mujeres extraordinarias que aún desconocen qué tanto pueden brillar. ¿Qué tal si corres la voz aquí en Costa Rica para que ellas vengan contigo, y así juntas comencemos la mejor aventura de nuestras vidas?

Cada detalle y SORPRESA que he estado preparando para este taller que te dedicaré el próximo 29 de abril, me llena de mayor alegría e ilusión pues sé que puede marcar el renacimiento de tu mayor potencial y libertad auténtica. 



Facilitadora: 

Alba C. Molina
Coach Integral de Vida, certificada en PNL (Programación Neuro-Lingüística), Canta-Autora, Charlista Bilingüe Internacional.

 DONDE:
Hotel Autentico
AutenticoHotel.com  •  facebook.com/AutenticoHotel
San José, Costa Rica

Quedan pocos días para aprovechar el precio especial.
¡Asegura tu espacio a tiempo!
Inversión: 
$80 por persona
(Incluye refrigerio y material)

Depositar en: 
Banco Nacional Cuenta de ahorros en US$
A nombre de: Alba Molina Gómez, céd 8-048-622
Cta. Nº 200-02-080-517783-2
(cuenta cliente: 15108020025177836)

10% descuento al pagar antes del 15 de Abril
Descuento adicional del 5% por cada invitada, si todas pagan en un sólo depósito antes del 15 de Abril.
Fecha límite de inscripción:
24 de Abril (precio regular).
Favor enviar comprobante a: info@am-int.com con el detalle: Taller "Mujer de Poder 2015"


info@am-int.com  •  am-int.com
(dile a Alba que Vicki ha conectado)

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Hospital Calderón Guardia abre programa para cuidadores de adultos mayores




Hospital Calderón Guardia abre programa para cuidadores de adultos mayores

Un programa para la atención de cuidadores de adultos mayores puso al servicio de esa población, el hospital Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia con el que se pretende darles apoyo psicoeducativo y psicoterapéutico y evitar que sufran el “síndrome del cuidador”.

Este síndrome conocido también como cuidador quemado es cada día más frecuente entre las personas que se encargan de la atención diaria de pacientes adultos mayores o con enfermedades terminales, incapacitantes o degenerativas, y puede causar en las personas responsables de estos pacientes: estrés, ansiedad, depresión y frustración.

Tales condiciones los pueden hacer vulnerables a sufrir alteraciones físicas, emocionales y sociales, que pueden desequilibrar muchos aspectos de su vida y crear otra clase de conflictos que puede complicar su diario vivir.

Según el doctor Elí Chaves Segura, jefe del servicio de Geriatría de ese centro médico que está a cargo del programa, es muy frecuente que los hijos, esposos y otros familiares que asisten a la consulta de Geriatría y son cuidadores expresen su necesidad de contar con una red de apoyo que les permita compartir con otras personas sus experiencias y como sobrellevar situaciones difíciles de las personas que cuidan.

Con ese propósito, se abrió este programa de manera que ellos se sientan más acompañados en este proceso.

Este grupo consta de 12 sesiones de trabajo que se realizan los días martes de 1.00 p.m. a 3.30 p.m. en el Servicio de Geriatría, ubicado de los cajeros automáticos 100 metros al norte y 50 metros al este, para mayores informes y anotarse para el grupo del mes de junio pueden comunicarse al 2212-1173.



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ospital Calderon guard opens programme for caregivers of older adults

a programme for the attention of caregivers of older people he put in the service of the population, the hospital RAFAEL ANGEL Calderon guard with the intention to give them support psicoeducativo and psicoterapéutico and keep them from suffering the caretaker " syndrome ".

This syndrome also known as caretaker burned is every day more prevalent between persons who are responsible for the daily care of patients or older adults with terminal illnesses, incapacitating or degenerative, and can cause in people responsible for these patients: Stress, anxiety, depression and frustration.

such conditions are can make vulnerable to suffer changes physical, emotional and social, that can desequilibrar many aspects of their lives and create a different kind of conflicts that can complicate their daily lives.

According to the doctor elí chaves safe, head of the service of geriatrics of that medical center who is in charge of the programme, it is very common that the children, husbands and other family members attending the consultation of geriatrics and are caregivers express their need to count on a network of support that will allow them to share with other people, their experiences and how to cope with difficult situations of the people that care.

with that purpose, they opened this programme so that they feel more keeping them in this process.

This group consists of 12 sessions of work that is being done on tuesday from 1.00 p.m. 3.30 p.m. in the service of geriatrics, located of cash machines 100 meters to the north and 50 meters to the east , for old reports and score for the group of the month of june can communicate at 2212-1173.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spanish•English Translations of Food Items found on a Menu, at the Feria or Grocery Store•Market


Like most of my lists, this list was started out of a need I had for this type of info/help and I obsessed from there!!



Here's a Spanish/English Translation List of Things you might find on a Menu or in the Grocery Store!  This BIG list is a work in progress - spacing things out better, adding photos and more, so bear with it as it's enhanced and corrected!

Monday, March 30, 2015

EXPENSIVE THINGS in Costa Rica - SALINE SOLUTION for your Contact Lenses



I've heard numerous people say that a regular size bottle of Saline Solution for Contacts is around $20 for ONE bottle.  Heck, you can easily get 2 LARGE bottles of Saline Solution in the U.S. or Canada for LESS than that (I just two 20 ounce bottles on Amazon for $16 or two 12 ounce bottles for $12.50)!!


Melaney shared a GREAT (and CHEAP) "solution" to this high priced Saline Solution for Contacts scandal!!!!!! 

Buy an IV Bag of Saline at a pharmacy•Farmacia
(once it's open,
you'll have to find something sterile to store it in - preferably a glass bottle [I'd put the majority of it in a big glass bottle - like a wine bottle with screw top - but then I'd ultimately find one of those little brown bottles with an eye dropper).


Rae added this AWESOME HINT (which, now that I think of it, is THE BEST SOLUTION for contact lens wear-ers - not just because it's cheaper - but because it's LOTS better for you!!):

I use the hospital grade saline solution from the farmacia and have for years.  It is MUCH better than the commercial contact lens solution product.  It is pure grade made to be put right into your veins.  It is like silk.  Once you try it you won't want that other stuff made with harsh chemicals.  I put the saline solution right from the container into a glass bottle (an old wine bottle with a simple screw cap) for storage and use a plastic bottle for daily use.  It is wonderful. 

This article made it sound like something to be used as a last resort but it should be your first choice.  Try it, you will not want to go back to the chemical saline solution.  I would also add that I have very sensitive eyes, no chemicals at all in the hospital grade saline solution."

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Share any "Comments" and thoughts below, or send me an email to:

LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

SEMANA SANTA • EASTER in Costa Rica - 2015

WHAT'S EASTER • SEMANA SANTA LIKE IN COSTA RICA??

WHEN IS IT CELEBRATED?
OFFICIALLY, much of the government CLOSES DOWN from Monday till Friday (2015 - March 30-April 3) and a large percent of the population get that week off while if you don't get it off, DEFINITELY starting Wednesday night (though LOTS of people and businesses cut out by noon on Wednesday - April 1, 2015).  In the PAST, OUTSIDE of beach areas, just about EVERYTHING was closed or had limited hours ON Thursday and Friday April 2-3, 2015.  I noticed in 2014 LOTS more businesses WERE OPEN that week and even some on both Thursday and Friday and LOTS LESS PEOPLE left - at least the Escazu - Central Valley area which is often literally like a Ghost Town at least that Thursday-Saturday - in the past



WHAT ALL CLOSES?

Just about everyone not dealing with tourists.  This means MOST governmental agencies and though hospitals will be open, when it comes to medical care - remember that MOST places/departments will be operating on a skeleton crew - NOT HAVE MUCH STAFF!!!! (so hopefully nothing will happen to you during that time!!)

If you're coming for Dental or Medical Tourism - come at LEAST 2 weeks before things close down as I can't say I know of many dentists/doctors working during that week (or longer).

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American FAST FOOD restaurants or regular sit-down restaurants (like TGIF's)
MARKETS•GROCERY STORES

(the big ones - though they often shorter hours on Thursday and Fridays)
CHINESE RESTAURANTS!!! 
(they're usually a sure bet on holidays!!)
MANY BIG TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
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like La Paz Waterfalls, the National Parks - hence it's a GOOD TIME to hit those!!)


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HOW IT IS??
 
Depends on where you are!  MANY people in the past go to the BEACH where it's INSANELY PACKED!!  Heck - some people even camp on the beaches during this time!!!  EVERYTHING there will mean a LONG WAIT - at restaurants, most tours will book WELL in advance, prices will JUMP UP BIG TIME - especially on hotels, airfares and car rentals (Christmas/New Years and Easter/Semana Santa prices can double+ that of Green/Low season!) and don't be surprised if gas prices go up a LOT (oh - they JUST did - 21¢ a liter today!!  But that happens in the U.S. also)

I LOVE this as the Central Valley is like a Ghost Town so there's SOOOO LITTLE Traffic and it's SOOOO much quieter!!  Though this year will be interesting since MANY people seem to be cutting back in their spending.

BUT - with that said, I'd bet it's safe to say about 95+% of the restaurants and businesses close - especially for that Thursday and Friday (if not the whole weekend).  Markets/grocery stores usually go on shorter hours.  EPA is usually open.

ALL banks WILL be closed Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday - most banks will close Wednesday BY 3:45pm and WILL have LONG lines.  And trust me - MANY ATM machines WILL run out of money so PLAN ACCORDINGLY!!!




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WHAT IF I DO CHOOSE TO JOIN THE MASSES AND GO TO THE BEACH???
GETTING THERE
BUS:
If you're relying on public transportation (BUSES), MANY book up sometimes weeks in advance (especially for Wednesday afternoon [when people get out of work] or Thursday morning) so do NOT wait.  Many buses bring on additional buses during other hours BUT, those often come at a higher price.

DRIVING - ROAD CLOSURES
If you're going TO the Pacific Coast - the traffic will be REALLY BAD from Saturday March 28 till at least Friday, April 3, 2015 with all the people heading for the beach to celebrate Easter • Samana Santa - one of THE BIGGEST holidays in Costa Rica!!
WARNING - ROAD CLOSURES

Coming BACK on the new MUCH FASTER AutoPistas del Sol - Highway #27 - it turns into
ONE WAY ONLY - East-BoundSaturday - March 4, 2015
AND
Sunday - March 5, 2015

 (meaning the West-bound lane from Escazu to Orotina/the Pacific - will be CLOSED from 1-8pm!!! 

ALL lanes will go East-bound
FROM the Pacific [Orotina] towards Escazu/San Jose

from 2-7pm.

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GOING AWAY - LEAVING YOUR HOUSE EMPTY

WARNING!!  WARNING!!!  WARNING!!!!

Police say HOME BREAK-INS INCREASE about 40% during this week as they know MANY people go away!!



WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY HOME FROM A BREAK-IN?
#1 - Bring someone in to House or Pet Sit for you!!!
(WHO???   I'm already booked but in the future I do Pet & House Sitting:
ME/Vicki!!   Inquire at LovingYourPetHouseSitting.com


Also, get a timer to put on a couple lights or have a friend come in and turn lights on/off and take your newspaper in - bottom line is make the house look like someone's there.  You can hire a Security Company (note that during heavy vacation time, they're busiest so they may not respond as fast.  You can purchase a Security Camera.  But if you don't have the money for either of those, you can buy a "Simulated" Security Camera to put outside in an obvious place.  I had one at my place on Calle Vieja where I lived - NO gate, NO guard, NO alarm - just my sensor lights and the fake camera (you can find them around Costa Rica at Radio Shack - http://RadioShack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049770 - [they're more expensive in Costa Rica]).  You can use a Guard Dog, but I've KNOWN people that were Home Invasioned and the banditos just fed or poisoned the dog(s) and many didn't even bark.  To say nothing of what these barking dogs do to your neighbors life/sanity.
VICKI'S SAFETY HINTS (for just going out for the evening) is I leave a light on in the living room and leave the tv on - on a channel in Spanish.  If I have a taxi picking me up - as I'm leaving I yell back into the house (like someone was there - even though I live alone) "Ok honey - I'll see you in a couple days!  Love you!!!" as I'm getting into the taxi. I have NOTHING valuable in my home.  I leave it in a Safety Deposit Box at the bank.


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WHAT CAN I DO IF I DON'T WANT TO GO TO WITH THE MASSES TO THE BEACH???
Malls (and many of the stores in them) and movie theatres are usually open.  This is a GREAT time to do some of the tourist things AWAY FROM THE BEACH that you've been wanting to do around the country like La Paz Waterfall Gardens - http://WaterFallGardens.com  or MY FAV - you MUST check out the VIP Movie Theatre (or their GIANT screen iMax Theatre) at Nova Cinema in Escazu  http://NovaCinemas.cr/cartelera.php - a MUST do in your life time!!  The VIP theatre has it's own VIP Lounge with a full bar and serving panini's, carmel corn, sushi++ - then you go into the theatre and sit in BIG COMFY leather electric recliners (that practically go back into sleeping position) and while you're watching the movie, waiters come around and SERVE YOU!!!!  And it's JUST 5,000-colones - $10!!!!  (in the U.S. this would be $20-$40!!!).
http://LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2012/02/nova-cinemas-vip-and-imax-movie.html
MANY things are closed ESPECIALLY ON Good Friday - April 6.


HOW WILL I GET AROUND
WARNING!!!  In the past MANY bus lines did NOT operate on Thursday and Friday - or at least will have VERY LIMITED service.  Also, MOST TAXI drivers I know will NOT be working from Thursday to Sunday for sure but many go on vacation the WHOLE week so don't count on relying on them.  Get your local taxi company number and make an appointment ahead of time (well, not if you're going close by).
(I DO know that Jorge is working.  He's one of my main legal red taxi's who speaks pretty good English and is VERY Customer Service oriented - 8-629-9824 is he new #).



WHERE CAN I EAT?
Well, sadly and Goddess-forbid, the safest bet are Americana/gringo establishments like McDonald's, Pizza Hut, probably TGIFridays, Tony Romas, Hooters, Taco Bell, Subway, Quiznos, Burger King, KFC and the like.  Plus there's always grocery stores (though they WILL have limited hours on Thursday and Friday)!!



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FOOD OF THE SEMANA SANTA PERIOD
Traditional foods often consumed during Samana Santa in Costa Rica:
Anything with Fish, Ceviche,
canned Tuna and Sardines, 
Chiverre
(eaten especially ON that Thursday and Friday),
E
ncurtido
(onion, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber and vinegar)
Candy made from Chiverre and Encurtido, Bread•Pan (many traditional families make their own bread so they can eat “Pan Casero" with Sweet and Condensed Milk or homemade bread).

HUGELY popular during Samana Santa are these bitter white flowers
Flor de Itebo
that Tico's like to add to their scrambled eggs.  I've only had it cooked mixed with other vegetables.

The beverages are all supposed to be natural juices, no sodas.

The consumption of alcohol is NOT frowned upon. After all Jesus "turned water into wine."
Traditional Catholics have fasting and abstinence obligations during the 40 days of Lent preceding Easter. That is why fish is favored over meats.



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The BAN On the Sale of Liquor ("Ley Seco" = Dry Law) is STILL IN EFFECT - in SOME MUNICIPALITIES in Costa Rica!!



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WHY IS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY WAYYYYY MORE "CELEBRATED" AND NOT MUCH FOR EASTER SUNDAY?
According to one of my friends that's in seminary now,

Costa Rican's seem to take these 2 Holy days 

Maundy Jueves • Holy Thursday
and
Good Friday
quite seriously (well - at least in MOST businesses) - practically shutting down towns not relying on the tourist $$!!!  FEW Tico's I know do anything special on Easter Sunday (the Resurrection) other than go to church.  Go figure!!!


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TRAVELING AROUND COSTA RICA DURING THIS TIME:
WARNING - don't EVEN think of driving FROM the beach East-bound especially that Wednesday (April 4) and Thursday (April 5) - or back FROM the beach on Sunday (April 8) and possibly some other days or parts of days in between) as some roads are CLOSED to traffic NOT going in the direction of the masses.  Either way - you'll be in TRAFFIC for HOURS - or worse if there's an accident!!


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WARNING!!! 
WARNING!!!  WARNING!!! 
BORDER RUNS • CROSSINGS DURING THIS TIME:

There are 2 times a year that NO WAY IN HELL will you catch me crossing ANY border because the border crossing can LITERALLY take 3-5 HOURS - and that means STANDING IN THE HOT HOT HOT SUN during that time!!!!

#1 is during Easter - Semana Santa.  THE BUSIEST days are:

EXITING COSTA RICA • ENTERING NICARAGUAWednesday, Thursday

EXITING NICARAGUA • ENTERING COSTA RICA
Saturday and Sunday


MOST buses book up with reservations WEEKS in advance but they add on more buses (usually for a higher price for those).  MANY people (especially government workers) get the WHOLE week off so it will start to get busy Friday - March 27 and Saturday - March 28.  PLUS the roads will be busier so the ride will be longer (if you're taking the budget bus - Deldu - which has NO Air-conditioning and this is some of the HOTTEST TIMES of the YEAR - well - keep that in mind!!!).
Bottom line - you might want to SERIOUSLY STAY AWAY from crossing the borders now - ESPECIALLY going into Nicaragua before Easter•Samana Santa & even more so - re-entering Costa Rica that Saturday before Easter or ON Easter Sunday as those are the 2 WORST DAYS!!!
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Don't have Residency in Costa Rica and plan on going to Nicaragua around Samana Santa
???

When you're ENTERING Costa Rica - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROOF THAT YOU ARE LEAVING COSTA RICA WITHIN 90 DAYS!!!

Proof is a bus or airline ticket WITH A DATE ON IT!!!!!!!!!
An open-ended ticket is proof you are leaving Costa Rica within 365 days which is NOT proof you're leaving within 90 days is it???
(think about that peeps!!!  Use that LOGIC you were born with [I slam on this because MANY people still do this and then go bitch when they have a problem!!])
Otherwise you run the RISK of getting a Tourist Visa Stamp for less than 90 days or even refused you re-entry!!!!!!!


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BORDER CLOSED EARLY ON THURSDAY and FRIDAY - April 2 and 3, 2015!!
In observation of Holy Thursday and Good Friday - the border will be CLOSING at 6pm 
(vs the usual midnight).





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What does that mean for WORKERS 
that MUST WORK THURSDAY and FRIDAY?

Bottom line - they get DOUBLE PAY!!! (and if you think you can get away with it - just wait till the day you let them go/they quit and watch it come back up!!  Potentially WITH some fines if it's a nasty/"official" separation!!!  It's amazing how even someone that can't write their name WILL know their rights to the last "." EVEN if they're "illegal"!!)





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DRIVING RESTRICTIONS IN SAN JOSE??


VEHICLE restrictions will be 

SUSPENDED
Monday-Friday
March 30 till April 3, 2015

BUT

Heavy TRUCK rules WILL REMAIN IN PLACE - EVEN on Easter Sunday

(sorry - I don't know the details on that).

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GETTING TO THE CENTRAL PACIFIC BEACHES
VIA PEOPLE•CAR FERRY IN PUNTARENAS

The pier in Puntarenas suffered some damage a few weeks ago and has been under repair.  They resume on Sunday, March 29 - plus they will be adding additional trips throughout Semana Santa.
Leaving Puntarenas dock at:
6:30am, 10am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Playa Naranjo

8am, 12:30pm, 5:30pm and 9pm



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PROCESSIONS and BURNING OF JUDAS
A less aggressive tradition of Semana Santa is the custom of processions. The Catedral Metropolitana will hold many processions from its location at Parque Central beginning Sunday March 29, 2015. Similar events are held all over the country.  These are somber events.

A booklet with the schedule for Semana Santa en San José is available at the cathedral for free. Inside are the dates and times for each procession along with their proper name and a description of the event.

There's also the at times QUITE AGGRESSIVE "Burning of Judas" / Quema de Judas.
The Quema de Judas is where an effigy of Judas is made and hung on Good Friday. Then on SATURDAY NIGHT - the effigy is lit on fire and burned. This is an opportunity to get even with Judas since he was a traitor to the Maestro, said Carlos Arauz, a Costa Rica customs and traditions expert.

According to the Bible, Judas was the apostle who sold out Christ for silver coins. Others have said the burning of Judas is a way for Christians to let all their sins wild and in symbol burn with Judas, and then confess for Easter. This cleanses and allows them to be reborn just like Jesus.

WARNING!!
SATURDAY NIGHT is when hellions (FOOLS) come up to do the Burning of Judas which can get nasty/out of hand sometimes (like a protest gone wrong if alcohol is involved)

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CATHOLICS AND CONFESSION:
It seems like “Almost everybody confesses before Easter,” said Arauz. The Catedral Metropolitana will have 100 priests working toward the end of the week to handle the crowd.


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Produce donation is new tradition for Semana Santa
(from AMCostaRica.com)




There is a new Semana Santa tradition in Costa Rica in which vendors of food products donate a symbolic amount to the Roman Catholic Church. Then the produce is distributed to homes for children.

Many of the public markets in the Central Valley have religious paintings of statues, and there are frequent services among those who rent stalls there. The Mercado Central, the Mercado Borbón and the Mercado Coca Cola were all represented at Parque Central Wednesday. The park is just west of the Catedral Metropolitana.

Archbishop Hugo Barrantes was there to bestow his blessings on the vendors and the products they brought.

This was just one of the activities for Semana Santa. This is a big week for the faithful and priests.

There are three Masses at the cathedral today, at 8:15 a.m., at 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Then at 7:30 p.m. begins the first of several processions commemorating the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

The procession tonight is called  Jesús atado a la columna or “Jesus Tied to the Column.” This is based on the biblical account of Christ being whipped by soldiers before his trial the following day. The procession is through the downtown area from the cathedral to the Iglesia El Carmen.

Friday the first procession begins at 10 a.m. marking the story of Christ being forced to carry his cross to the hill where he was executed. It is called 

A.M. Costa Rica/Shahrazad Encinias Vela
There'll be no reprieve for this rooster.

in Spanish Jesús Nazareno cargando la cruz camino al Calvario.Then at 5 p.m. the procession representing the funeral of Christ begins at the cathedral at 5:30 p.m. where marchers are joined by a column from the Iglesia La Soledad. There are hundreds of persons involved.

There is another procession Saturday at 4 p.m. from La Soledad on Calle 9 to the cathedral with Mass at 7 p.m.

The Easter procession is at 10 a.m. Sunday from the Iglesia La Merced at the west end of Avenida 2 to the cathedral for a Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m.

Each of these processions are highly photogenic, and well attended by not only the faithful but tourists. Similar events will take place all over the country.





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