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A Slice of Our Life in Costa Rica



Hello everyone -


I know it's been a minute since I have posted but I wanted to stop in today and let you know that I am still around.



With the whole "covid" situation, life has changed a bit for us here in Costa Rica, as I know it has for you in the states (and elsewhere). We have not done any travel outside of Costa Rica, which saddens me -- and our travel within the country (although allowed) has been curtailed due to driving and curfew restrictions.



We've been doing a lot of walking (almost daily) we decided to visit many of the local coffee shops - we stop in, have a cup of coffee and a pastry, chat a bit and then make the walk back home. it's just beautiful here and so pleasant to walk around our city!


We are following safety protocols and not putting ourselves out there amongst big crowds of people. Even our small condo complex has implemented a mask requirement before we can enter the building. We have also, of course, been taking other safety precautions and we believe in boosting our immune with supplements, especially vitamin C, zinc and D3. We are keeping our immune systems in tip top shape and eating healthy. So far, so good!


We've done quite a few meet-ups with friends, newbies and visitors - We are still out and about! Costa Rica has outside dining at most restaurants so that has been very good for us.

Photos below - not named











New Mandate - (now moved to I/8/22) "as of December 1st, tourists will use their Health Pass and Vaccination Card to be able to enter businesses. Only those who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter these places" So Costa Rica remains open to travel and tourists - for the vaccinated, the country will be fully open and for the unvaccinated, well, they can travel here with proof of a negative covid test HOWEVER they will not be allowed to enter any of the (what Costa Rica terms) "non essential" businesses, i.e, tourist activities, restaurants, hotels, malls, etc. Of course that makes NO SENSE and WHY would they come here when they would have no place to stay and nothing to do? BTW - Costa Rica relies very heavily on tourism!! With just the announcement of a mandate people began cancelling reservations and Costa Rica began losing millions of dollars. We all know that money talks! So there has been pushback and...the courts have ruled that the government of Costa Rica must immediately suspend plans for implementing the QR code requirement for entry to establishments. So at this time we are in a wait and see mode.


We are still enjoying Costa Rica and our tranquil, laid-back lifestyle!!

Hope you are all doing well and coping with the madness, that is the US!

Below is a short video of Escazú and I don't know if you remember the horse we used to watch from our condo but he now has a couple of friends!


Pura Vida!!!



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