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  1. That is our thought on the matter. There is plenty of cirxulation and a biofilter. Still it will be important to monitor the water chemistry closely.
  2. Specifically, we're wanting to test a pond for ammonia and nitrite levels. Our landlord recently built a 30' x 16' pond with a waterfall, biofilter, and now gold fish. My husband is helping out with monitoring it since we live on the premises and he doesn't. It would be helpful if we could measure more than simple ph, especially since the owner would really like to expand the habitat to inlclude turtles and ducks. We'll check in Grecia before we trek to Escazu, the only other lead we've received so far. Thanks.
  3. I live in Palmares, Alajuela and am looking for a source for a pond test kit. Can someone tell me where I can buy one in the Central Valley? Thanks. Teri
  4. And sometimes not just practicing their English... maybe showing it off a little bit. We get that here in Palmares on a regular basis and I always make a point to praise their skill and ask where they learned, etc. I think it helps to remember that just like learning Spanish is an important lifeskill for us, Ticos recognize that the path to greater financial security often includes mastering English and we're all proud when we gain expertise in something. Then there is the possibility that sometimes it is just a way of welcoming us into their community.
  5. Hi David. I spent a few months looking for brown rice flour, too. None at Super Sony. I haven't made it to the Asian store in Tibas, to date. I did almost ruin my Oster blender making the flour myself, so don't try that But now that my grain mill is up and running (after a minor setback), I can make my own. Likewise, I have not yet found brown rice noodles. Hopefully you'll stumble across them. I have had surprising luck at finding whole-food products at Walmart, Auto Mercado, and even Compra Bien, here in Palmares, although it's always hit and miss, of course. Teri
  6. My landlord has a very nice cabina for rent. It is located on the same beautiful semi-rural property on which our rental is situated. Photos are attached. The property sits on the edge of their coffee farm, has lots of trees, birds and other wildlife. You can contact me by PM and I'll give your their phone number, email, and a link to a website with more info. 1 bedroom, 1 bath Fully furnished Gated property Fridge, Electric Range w oven, & clothes washer Hot water Hourly bus service just outside the gate $450 per month, plus electricity, water, phone These are great people to rent from. They are friendly, helpful, flexible and keep the houses and property well-maintained. Teri
  7. Thanks for all the feedback and support. We made it to San Ramon and back with 99% compliance to our new way of eating! We had lunch at Aroma's Cafe and ordered vegetarian personal pizzas without cheese. We were a wee bit surprised that the pizza 'crust' was two slices of white bread. (It's anybody's guess what was in that!) but it was loaded with great veggies and was very tasty. We didn't miss the cheese at all!! We also ordered papaya bebidas with water and NO sugar. And after watching the steady parade of lucscious desserts being wheeled from the kitchen past our table and to the front, we shared an order of french fries for dessert. Maybe it wasn't low fat, but at least it wasn't tiramisu. The world does not need one more vegan blog, but I just might have to start one about being vegan in Central America By the way, I figure it would be easier to do this in the U.S. because we could zip over to whole foods and buy that vegan cheese, etc. But easier is not necessarily healthier - which is our primary goal (over ideology). At least here we don't have that temptation and we'll be forced to eat less prepared/processed foods. Teri
  8. I see that Julie and others have provided locations for Vishnu. I can also tell you, though, that there is a vegetarian resort just north of San Ramon at San Lorenzo. The name is Lands in Love. We stayed there and we have eaten at their restaurant when we made a day trip a few months later to take our grandson on their canopy tour. The restaurant is amazing! Every item we've ever tasted is positively delicious. On our first visit there, we had our 10-year old granddaughter along who has multiple potentially life-threatening food allergies. The chef consulted with us personally and prepared yummy foods especially for her during our stay. It would be fabulous to have something like that a bit closer. Teri
  9. For our one-year anniversary since our move to Costa Rica, we decided to make the adjustment just a tad more complicated. We decided to give up animal products and eat a low fat, plant-based diet - a challenge anywhere, but particularly here where many of the vegan and vegetarian ingredients available stateside just can't be found. Last week we made a trip to San Jose and found Vishnu (sp??), the vegetarian restaurant - moments after giving up and piecing together a semi-compliant meal at a soda :-) Today we're headed to San Ramon for our weekly trip to the feria. Does anyone know of a vegetarian restaurant there? We typically eat at Aromas Cafe, which does offer some vegetarian options, but nothing vegan. Also, I'm hoping against hope that I can find nutritional yeast somewhere in San Ramon, Alajuela or San Jose. Any thoughts? For the record, Super Sony carries tofu and kelp. Thanks for any help or suggestions. Teri
  10. CRF - I'm so sorry to hear that you've been hit, yet once again. I can only imagine how disheartening it is.
  11. My family on the outskirts of Phili reported feeling the house sway a bit. The kids playing outside didn't notice a thing Teri
  12. On a related note, I chuckle every time a Tico warns me that 'you can't trust anyone in Costa Rica' and then promptly gives me his/her phone number and tells me to call if they can help us with anything Teri
  13. Sorry - I ran out of available characters ;) I also wanted to ask how much an office visit and associated tests run there and if could recommend a specific doctor.



  14. Jim. First, let me congratulate you on your residency approval! It's a big deal and huge "whew!" - or at least it was for us.

    Second - I'd really like to know the name of the eye clinic you use. My husband has glaucoma and, while Caja will treat him for it (once we wait 6 months for an appointment), we would like to augment his care, at least for a while, wit...

  15. What a sad tale. It certainly is proof of your tenacity Some would have turned tail and headed back 'home.' I've heard many times on this forum to expect it -- you will be robbed at some point. (We had a bag with my jewelry and important paperwork stolen three days after arriving in CR last year.) The topic of this thread brings to mind an 'oft heard saying: Just because you're paranoid, does not mean they're NOT out to get you. Maybe the locals are paranoid. Maybe they have history. Teri
  16. Your comment begs the question... How many times have you been robbed? Teri
  17. Hi Greg. Sorry, my neighbor called this morning and said the cabina has been rented. I do have a possible lead on another rental though. Don't know if they still have a vacancy, but if you send me a PM and I'll give you the phone number for the log cabin apartments in Esquipulas, Palmares where we used to live. Thanks.

  18. Geckos are definitely good pets to have around if you're not too fond of bugs. A happily mated pair could be even better Teri
  19. Ohhhh. So many comments I could comment on Iron? Oven? Wish I had one or the other! But, alas, we arrived with 4 suitcases weighing in at 48 & 49 lbs each without such luxuries. So my laundry, which I optimistically (and foolishly) washed during a brief respite of patchy blue skies, is still hanging here and there: under a shelter in the yard, on a line on the balcony, and in the spare bedroom with a fan blowing on them. If we don't get a break soon, I'll be borrowing a friend's dryer. The same friend who owns the dryer told us months ago that September & October are the wettest months of the year. We kept wondering what that actually meant. I guess we can stop wondering. (And yes, I understand this is an unusual year.) I bought boots this morning (but not the yellow rubber ones with the smiley face umbrella my daughter in Texas recommended). We're making a list of items to add to our "bring back list" to help make us more comfortable next year. Most importantly, we're taking it all in good stride, although we feel so badly for the folks whose houses have been flooded or demolished by mud slides and are awestruck to think that so much water can fall in one place. No doubt our sunny outlook has something to do with the fact that we go back to the Arizona desert next Tuesday and don't have to tough it out - this year Cheers! Teri
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