La Noche de los Faroles

The evening before the day of independence in Costa Rica, there is an event called La Noche de los Faroles.  I ventured out on the 14th of September 2017 to my barrio in Curridabat to catch a glimpse of the festivities and torch carrying students.  I left my home about 5pm with a 10 minute walk to the park Parque de Municipalidad de Curridabat.  The children from every school in the country, create a farol.  In english:

farol – a lantern, street lamp, or lamp.

Each farol is uniquely created by each child.  I imagine the parents had to help, some of the faroles were very detailed.  Each one represented something related to Costa Rica and the day of independence (September 15th).  I saw many different kinds, created from cardboard, plastic bottles, boxes, and some were very intricate.  Almost all of them had a light inside.

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Restaurant Review: Olio

I entered the concealed eatery with trepidation.  Hidden on an unassuming corner of Barrio Escalante.  Even many locals do not know of this hidden line of eating joints lined up and down the street like pearls on a string.  Each one seemingly as delectable as the next.

My expectations were low for this particular place.  In fact, I almost decided to discard it on my journey down Calle 33.   Little did I know I was about to discover the Utopia of gastronomic pleasure I have ever discovered.

Utopia an imaginary and indefinitely remote place, a place of ideal perfection, first used by Sir Thomas Moore in 1816.

I waited for what felt like 10 minutes which was really only a minute.  My heart was racing and was nervous being a lone foreigner in a foreign lugar place.  Even though I have lived here for years.  I still am obviously not from around here.  No one was attending or offering a table.  A chico appears. Believing he is the mesero waiter.  I respond with a Hola.  He quips Hola quickly and walks outside to smoke a cigarro cigarette.  Yes people still smoke in this tierra land.

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Restaurant Review: Luna Roja

Each time I come back to this Central American paradise, there is always something new.  Being a third-world country or emerging market some call it, there is lots of room for progress.  One new addition, at least a new discovery for me is Barrio Escalante.

Escalante – A Spanish last name which means a climber or one who climbs.

Barrio Escalante is a neighborhood of San José.  It is in a world of its own.  In fact, the first time I visited this Uber cool haunt, I thought I was in a different country.  This can’t be Costa Rica.  It feels different, has a different vibe.

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Top 10 Quirks About Living in Costa Rica

I’m back in the land of pure life pura vida.  The flight from Houston was smooth without a hitch.  I stopped by Pappadeaux’s in terminal E for the usual shrimp cocktail and gumbo.  This time I opted for the Lobster Bisque instead of gumbo.  I thought I would start my visit to this Central American paradise with a top 10 list about the quirks I have encountered while living in Costa Rica.  Here you go.  Enjoy.  Disfrute.

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