Total Destruction to Tourist Mecca: Limón

On April 22, 1991, at about 3PM—three years before my first trip to Grape Point*— a 7.7 magnitude quake that killed 65 people and injured hundreds of others, tore through Limón province. 22 seconds of shaking knocked out bridges, buckled steel girders like toothpicks, destroyed roads, split pavement open like melons, and twisted railroad tracksContinue reading “Total Destruction to Tourist Mecca: Limón”

Talamanca, Maps, and Why Everything Here Has at Least Two Names

As long ago as the 1700s, fisherman plied the southern Caribbean waters because of the abundance of turtles that came every year to lay their eggs. These fisherman took the meat and sold the valuable shells. These would later be transformed into European hair brushes, combs, spectacle frames, guitar picks, and countless other items madeContinue reading “Talamanca, Maps, and Why Everything Here Has at Least Two Names”

Cacao, Miss Olga, and A New Beginning

  I read in The Tico Times this morning that a French competition awarded first prize for Latin America to a sample of cacao grown on a farm in San Carlos, Costa Rica. This does my heart good. When my husband and I first arrived in Punta Uva in the late 1980s, the people hereContinue reading “Cacao, Miss Olga, and A New Beginning”

Another Carlsberg Perhaps?~

(Back, by popular demand- I deleted this post but have posted it again…. for those looking for it, here it is.) Our lawyer, PMT, who also happens to be the local municipality’s lawyer, was in Limon talking with the DA on our behalf (another story altogether). While there, she got a phone call from E.Continue reading “Another Carlsberg Perhaps?~”