Smiling and Singing in Montezuma

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It doesn't take long to get into the rhythm of Montezuma.  Your pace slows both because of the heat and just taking time to look around at the sights and sounds.  But you have to be careful not to trip and fall because that hurts!

Things are pretty much as they were two years ago when we were here.  There seem to be more people staying for 3 weeks or longer here at Luna Llena.  There is a couple here we met when we were here two years ago!  But, there are also the newcomers every day that stay for a day or two and then move on.

One night we were sitting by the fence enjoying the breeze when a guy joined us.  The usual where are you from? ensued and he was from Oklahoma City.  Robert started in giving me a  hard time as usual for being born in OK and spending only a few years there but still claiming to be from Oklahoma.  Ray laughed and said well he was traveling around smiling and having a good time.  We swapped travel stories about Africa . 

Turns out that Ray is on another epic trip, traveling the world for what he hopes.  for 18 months  He is a musician with his own amplifier and guitar and a host of good stories.  He is also doing a documentary on travelers he meets as he moves around. 

Had a good time visiting with him and the girls he had arrived with from Manuel Antonio.  They were only able to stay at Luna Llena one night but Ray came back to let us all know he had a gig at the local pizza place. From their website:

L'Angolo Allegro Pizzeria...

Italian Cuisine, Argentinean Style!

L'Angolo Allegro (Italian for 'Happy Corner')... is a
great little restaurant in Montezuma - the very first one you encounter,
after making your way down the hill.
We had eaten there and listened to some live music two years ago but could not remember what the food was like. We went there to eat dinner and we were joined by Ray before the show.  The vegetarian pizza we had was delicious along with a mixed salad, while Ray enjoyed a beautiful Lasagna.

 Ray had told us about only starting to play and sing some years ago so we did not know what to expect beforehand...

,,,, but we were not disappointed.

Ray's performance was quite entertaining!   He has produced a CD which we had bought,  and he sang some of his own songs along with several copy songs that he did a great job of singing.  He had sung about three songs when two guys and a girl walked in. They looked like they might be from the US Canada,  looked fairly normal except one guy carrying a kitchen drawer, the girl a big blue tub, and the other guy a piece of bamboo and a stick. Hmmmmmm

Ray immediately says to them it was so great that the came and to the growing audience he said "Let me introduce you to my band.  I met these guys the other night on the beach and they are going to play with me."  They were a great addition.  Called them the  kitchen band.  They also had some stainless steel bowls that made some interesting sounds as well.  On a couple of songs the audience was invited to join in singing and did.  Fun!

A number of people staying at Luna Llena came for part of the performance.  Toward the end the wonderful Canandians Danielle and Matt sat with us and signed Ray's travel book.

We stayed until the end and thought how great it was to hear some good live music in Montezuma meet such happy fellow travelers in time......

Who knows, we might just get to hear Ray in Africa later this year ! Wouldn't that be cool!
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