I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
A Day In Costa Rica
Our view from the terrace
It is actually pretty boring here in
Costa Rica. The Villa is at the top of a mountain, and the nearest
town in 10 km down a dirt track that winds down the mountain. As a
result there is not a lot to do up here.
We have had a problem adapting to
Central time. Unlike traveling to Europe or Asia where the time is so
different you need to force yourself onto the local time by fighting
sleep for a day or two and adjust to local time, here it is only two
hours different, so we have found that we are tired at 9:00 pm, and
Regis falls asleep early. As a result, we get up early, usually at
about 6:30. Normally I climb out of bed and immediately go out to my
job as pool boy, and skim the pool, so her ladyship can have her
first swim of the day without any dead insects or leaves in the pool.
Often I do not even bother getting dressed since there is not another
house in sight anywhere, and she insists on going swimming as soon as
she gets up. Me, being a non-swimmer do not need to jump in the pool
first thing in the morning.
While Regis is swimming, I go in and
make coffee and tea. Costa Rica has what is reputed to be one of the
best coffees in the world, and from my experience so far I cannot
disagree. When the early morning swim is finished, coffee and tea are
served on the front terrace and we watch the sun slowly dissolve the
shadows on the mountain across the valley from us, and as the mist
clears, we check what is happening out in the Bahia Herradura, the
bay leading out to the Pacific. It is about 20 km away, but on a
clear day our binoculars let us see what is going on.
Once our coffee cups are emptied, it
takes a while since hot drinks do not cool quickly in 24°
C, so we get to relax for an hour or so, one of us goes in and makes
breakfast, usually featuring some of the delicious fresh fruit
available here. It is amazing how much better a simple banana tastes
when it is allowed to ripen naturally instead of being picked early
and shipped to the cold north.
Once breakfast dishes are cleaned up, I
try to find a spot where I can sit in the sun and Regis has shade. If
it gets too hot, the pool is right there to cool off before getting
back to relaxing. Lots of time to read and get caught up on the books
I brought, both old fashioned paper ones and copies downloaded on my
The peace and quiet is occasionally
disturbed by ATV's using the excuse for a road that winds down the
mountain, but normally the only sounds are the birds and the
waterfall somewhere below us.
Late in the morning one of us will try
to decide what to throw on the barbecue out on the outdoor kitchen
for lunch and then it is back into the pool to relax after the work
preparing the meal. You could go down the mountain to the beaches and
tourist attractions or Playa Herradura, but it is so
Costa Rican Sunset
pleasant here it
is hard to pull yourself away. And so the day goes.
As the sun sets, it is nice to sit in
the whirlpool and watch the sun sink below the mountain, turning the
skies a brilliant red. Then after supper it is still warm enough to
turn the lights on the pool and soak for another session perhaps with
a glass of wine. Now the later evenings are a problem . . . . only
Spanish TV, no internet. And we start getting tired with the stress
of the day.