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About Riverjop

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  1. We bought our return trip tickets from Phoenix to SJO in November on Southwest thru some special deal for $160.00 each. And built our trip to the U.S. Around them. Super great deal!
  2. Here's some natural pools http://www.tripadvisor.com/TripNews-a_ctr.natpoolsEN
  3. Tarik, I would have to say Ducks will ruin it!
  4. If it gonna be on the road you will need a license.
  5. Hang in there Dice! Don't let it consume you, but drive you to your goal! My wife and I said eight years ago that we would love to live in Costa Rica and maybe someday retire there. We fly out of Phoenix one way this Wendsday to live out our dream!!! And if it ends up that it's not for us, than the way I look at it is that it was part of our life's adventure. But I seriously doubt it! P.S. I had PURA VIDA tattooed on the back of my neck in small letters eight years ago! Good Luck
  6. But another thing besides having kids in CR is that they all are and have been for years making a living in Ticoland. Somehow they have figured it out?
  7. Hey Arie I'm not condoning this nor am exonerateing it! But I have seen so many young people living in Costa Rica! We met many fine young people eight years ago on the carribean side and Eight years later their still here, most raising there kids, some who were born here. Some have moved to the North Pacific, another to the San Isidro area and some are still Living in PV! I don't exactly know how they have done this with residency and all, but I do know that they are still here After all this time. What I am saying is that there is always a way, if you want something bad enough then There IS A WAY! You just need to figure it out! And by all means be sure to visit Costa Rica first, I know that It will cost you, but the experiance and connections you make may be worth far more than just money!
  8. Only if have been in Costa Rica: 1)How did you learn about it? I watched a program on HGTV called "edible adventures Costa Rica" Contacted the owner of Punta Mona, then my wife (girl friend then) and I went down and worked on there permaculture farm for six weeks. After that we traveled to Bocas Del Toro, took a week of Spanish lessons for a week, met some nice Panamanians playing dominos every evening, met them in David and stayed with them for a week in David, then on to Bocette for another week of Spanish lessons. Then on up to golfito and Puerto Jimenez for a couple weeks, Uvita for a few days. We then rented a house in Puerto Viejo for a month. Then travelled up to Arenal and Monteverde for about a week. All in all we were in CR& Panama for a little over four months! 2)How have you experienced this country? From bus to bus and coast to coast! 3)What has gotten your attention about Costa Rica? The culture, people and beauty 4)What did you like the most? The life style 5)What color is Costa Rica? It's a rainbow of colors over a green backdrop! 6)How would you define Costa Rica in one line? Paradise! 7)What makes Costa Rica different from any other country? It's just different, like Panama is different. Costa Rica is different, you just have to experiance it then you'll know.
  9. YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW If you don't do your "due dillagance" than it may come back to bite you later! When you drive along the north side of Arenal and you see all the BIG pretty white whirligigs then "yes" it "might" be a little windy! (A world class wind surfing destination might be a tip....ya think?) When you think about buying property on the side of a volcano, browning of the skin of the tomatoes your trying to grow may be the least of your problems. If everywhere you look it's dry and dusty....yes it probably dosn't get as much rain.......oh! And it probably gets HOT! Look before you leap, think before you buy and study, investigate, read and inquire! Oh by the way a few weeks ago I was driving from La Fortuna to San Carlos and it was beautiful! Fairly flat green land with Bannana farms an Palm groves! But what cought my attention was the unmistakable smell of 24d and other chemicals as I drove thru these areas. Would I be interested in buying next to one of these farm? Not in my life time!
  10. As I recall it was right next to the rubbing alcohol just like it is in the US. We asked an employee if they had it in our not so great Spanish and he said no. But we kept looking and finally found it, I think the spray bottle threw us off until we picked it up and read the label. Oh and I recall earlier we had seen it in another store but didn't reconise what it was.
  11. I know this thread is old but we were in CR two weeks ago and bought this Aqua Oxigenada in, I think it was Maxi Pas right off the shelf (not in the Pharmacy) Also years back we were in David, Panama and bought all kinds of kitchen things (silverware, dishes, a table&chairs) etc... For a family we were staying with in David. As I remember in downtown David there were many stores very similar to the U.S. With just about anything you would want, not sure about prices but at the time we thought things were pretty inexpensive. When we were riding a bus I remember seeing a large mall that looked like it had many different stores just like the US.
  12. The problem with the way kids are growing up today is showing up in our society. Today kids (and adults) spend their time staring at their phones! Getting in touch with someone isn't the in-personable act of talking to them on the phone....nooo, now it's texting! That way we don't even have to interact with them, just send a text! It never ceases to amaze me when ever we go out to dinner or breakfast these days I look around and everyone is staring at there phones! The other morning there was the perfect family, a father, mother, daughter and son, all sitting there at their booth and all four of them were staring at there little colored boxes.....none of them saying a word to each other, it was surreal! Now days kids spend there time inside on video games, many of which are full of killing and are so real that I truly think it numbs them to the point that killing isn't so bad! Just look at what's going on in our schools! Heck when I was growing up we used to take our shotguns to school so we could go duck hunting on the way home. I have a friend who even used to take his gun to school on the bus and on the way home the bus would drop him off at a near by lake, and he would hunt ducks on the way home, and no one shot anyone else, just because! That was Un-heard of! When you listen to music that a lot of kids are listening to nowadays, it is unbelievable how they degrade women, talk of killing and swearing. Crazy! What about movies? We went to a movie the other day and I wish I would have kept a body count! It was (besides Un-believable) Un-real how many people were killed by this one group, had to be at least three or four dozen! That seems to be quite normal in movies these days. And did you hear about the mother who is suing the local Little League because her son didn't make some particular team! Not taking responsibility for ones self seems to be the norm these days, from kids up to government officials! It's always someone else's fault. The world is indeed a very different place, there defiantly are good things and good people, but it seems that there are so many more bad than ever before........and thats sad! It is a very different world! On a good note There is hope! http://www.dinarguru.com/dinar-guru-member-blog/dinar-guru-okie_oil_man-sends-christmas-video?awt_l=Bo6pQ&awt_m=3XAfshUe6utXlNV
  13. Good points, and actually I agree. But I guess my "writing" didn't quite convey what I felt, and what I think a lot of people think! So I got this email today, you can read it and decide for your self (I'm not attacking YOU I'm just addressing everyone reading this), anyway if everyone thinks that things are better in the direction that we are going as a nation than I guess that's your (the people's) opinion! I'm sorry that I don't think that we are headed in a better direction! Oh well! Here's the email; First, we survived being born to mothers Who smoked and/or drank while they were Pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, Tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, No booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, As long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps. And then ride them down the hill, only to find out We forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes A few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, No video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS And we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us Forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. The past 50 years Have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. By the way I didn't write this, and don't think that everything in it was right, but for those of us that grew up in those times, I think you get the point!
  14. And I'll bring the popcorn this time!
  15. Very valid points....and I agree with them. But it's the way that the vary fabric of the U.S. is being ripped apart everyday. Like the removing of prayer, the pledge of allegiance and individuality in our schools! The disintegration of the basic family! The dishonesty and total lack of responsibility of our leaders (all parties). There definataly have been some good things happen since the 50s, but it's the way our very culture is changing. I know that nothing is going to change immediately, but on the other hand change is inevitable, it will happen! I just hope it's for the better. In the mean time I will keep one eye on my homeland while I live out my life the way I want to in peace with the beauty of Costa Rica.