Horses, chocolate chip cookies and new friends

Trip Start Oct 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 12, 2011

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Alison and Miguel's house for lunch and horse back riding

Flag of Costa Rica  , San José,
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What an amazing day today was!  I  didn't have our camera with us, but I have the memories.  It was a wonderful day in Puriscal (very rural) at Alison, Miguel, Salime and Aniase's house.  We had lunch together at their home, a sort of tree house.  They built it themselves.  It's mostly outside, it has an open air kitchen and family room with stunning views of the green valley and farther west you can see the Pacific Ocean.  The 2 bedrooms are enclosed.  It's a simple rustic house, just a year old.  This is our friends website.

After lunch, friends of this family came over and we met Brigette from Denmark and her famiy, 3 teenage daughters and 2 boys under 5.  They are a great bunch of kids.  They have lived here for a long time.. perhaps up to 10 years?  The family has horses and this is how they get around.  They brought over 6 horses, one of which is the yearling of one of the horses.  She follows behind the pack of horses to stay close to her mother.

Anyway, we all went horseback riding... it was the real thing.  These horses have a lot of spunk.  Miranda loved the horse back ride with the oldest sister and she didn't want to get off.  She was so sad she cried when it was time to leave the horses to rest.  Sydney rode her  horse with the owner leading her horse but then just Sydney held the reigns and Brigette walked alongside her on the horse.  She did great!  After the girls rode, the older daughters took me for a ride along a dirt road where we met up with cars and barking/chasing dogs.  My horse wanted to gallop but I was holding him back at a canter until I felt more at ease that I could hold on!  These horses are great, the kids ride them all the time.  John, who is 4, rides his horse alone.  He has ridden since he was a littler kid.  Amazing.

We had a great time in the afternoon, played a game called "Nada".  It's a game of rolling dice and deciding to risk losing your points by rolling again to see if you could get more points.  You throw the dice and count your points up and there is some strategy to it, although it is a simple game.  The older girls and grown ups played the game while the littler ones played together.  It was such a great time.  

This past weekend, we took the bus into San Jose and visited the Children's Museum and El Mercado Central.  San Jose is teaming with people, the narrow side walks were crowded.  The market was quite the seedy place so we grabbed a taxi to the museum.  this place was huge and inside of an old prison, a historical place.  There was so much to see at the museum that we thought we would need to come back to see the rest of it.  They have everything you can think of and then more!  From airplane simulation, very low tech, to outside "farm" where geese, ducks and chickens live.  We had a great day on Saturday.

 Dave went to rent a car from the airport in San Jose and pick up his parents from the airport tonight.  I hope it goes well!  He went into Heredia and San Jose yesterday with his local friend/business associate, Carlos.  His friend helped him get a cell phone after 3 weeks of not having one... it was a nice break but we do need a phone!  

 The girls and I hung around down town Colon on Monday when daddy was out and about with Carlos.  We found a great ice cream shop, yipee!  We have been searching for one the past couple of weeks... it was tucked away and only a sign showed where it was.  We also found a little cafe or soda that has fresh and good food.  So we ate there for lunch that day.  We played at the town square and they girls climbed in the trees a bit.  We found a pet store and looked at the baby chicks, ducks, (quail??) and little bunnies.  We also found a fresh fish store... although even though the place was out in the open, it smelled of fish but I took a chance and got some fish anyway and it was pretty good (fried of course :)  The girls liked it too.

Gramma and Grampa are coming in tonight so the girls will be excited to see them tomorrow.  They are staying in a hotel close by us here in Colon, Sharon's recommendation.

 We are leaving for Jaco again tomorrow with Dave's parents and we'll return on Friday.  Sharon and her family are leaving for Seattle on Friday.  We'll have enough room for the 6 of us... Dave's parents will stay with us here in the whole house.  Right now we are just in the downstairs part. 

It's been nice to have the water back on and power on consistently too.   I've got some more laundry to do tomorrow to catch up before we head to the beach.  Not too many photos so far this week, haven't been taking the camera on the bus or into the city but next time perhaps.  I was told not to bring along anything I couldn't live with out!

It's been fun figuring out where we are going and staying for the rest of the time we here.. we are putting it together and it looks like we'll be covering a lot of ground.  We'll see how the girls do ;)

Chow (some locals say this for adios),
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Anne on

We'll "skype" you this weekend or early next week when you get back from the beach? The girls REALLY miss their cousins. Meghan got up early this morning and made Sydney something for when she comes home ("for my birthday").

Bryan on

Treehouses, horseback riding and ice-cream! Sounds like the makings of a great day.

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