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  1. I agree with ciclista 100%. I am in my 60's and have had two bypass surgeries in the last 11 years. Not caused by lack of exercise, but by genetics. I feel better now than I ever have, thanks to a walking routine. But in addition, as a Tai Chi instructor, I also use breathing and body relaxation techniques to reduce stress. I can chop firewood or dig ditches all day long as long as I pace myself and don't "over-exert" as ciclista mentions. And when that driver on the freeway cuts me off, or drives 30 in a 50 mph zone, I just remember that Ticos live "for the moment". Why be in a hurry or get upset?
  2. Mike, TicoGrande always has good advice! We are approaching our 4th year of our 7 year plan. Not being retired yet, we don't have the luxury of being able to travel for more than a few weeks at a time. But our ideas are basically the same as yours. The first year, we rented a car and traveled from San Jose to Arenal to Guanacaste. Then down to Puerto Jimenez, and back up to San Isidro de General. All in the dry season. This gave us an overall exposer to most of the country. Realizing that driving was a good experience, but not wishing to do it again (you'll see why), the next year we took the boat to Tortuguero, then flew to Guanacaste. This is the place we decided to stay, as it has (in our opinion) the best climate, and not far from Liberia. Now the problem was where in Guanacaste? The third year we traveled to Montezuma for the entire two weeks. Realizing this was so far the most beutiful area, but it was too far from a major town (Cobano is O.K., but not that big, and only has a clinica). This next year will be Coco, since it's close to Liberia and the airport (we need to be near the beach). If we decide this is the area, we will next spend two weeks in the green season, looking for a rental while we're there, as we will rent for 6 months first (taking TicoGrande's advice). Pat
  3. Thanks, Pura Vidas, I remember seeing the clustered houses in other areas also. California Dreamer
  4. Even though we visit every year, we have only once observed these "things" on the road from Quepos to Puerto Jimenez. I have scoured the internet looking for an explaination, but to no avail. In 4 foot high piles alongside the road, are bowling ball sized "things" that look like balls of purple grapes. Perhaps a hundred or so per pile. Can anyone tell me what they are? Here's a picture:
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