I was both humbled and joyed by the number of people who came up to me during the art show and told me they enjoyed reading my blog and especially appreciated the four who asked for me to sign one of my photo books. It helped me to feel like I’m not wasting my time with the blog preparation time. And it reminded me of the experience at Hotel Banana Azul in September when a woman came up to me at my dinner table one night and asked, “Are you the Charlie Doggett of the Retired in Costa Rica Blog?” I said, “I sure am!” She replied, “My mother and I have followed you blog for several years now and we both love it!” Then she got my permission for her husband to take a cellphone photo of us. 🙂

The art show was excellent with a continuous flow of people through it all three days and I sold a lot of stuff, and particularly enjoyed meeting and talking to a lot of people, both Ticos and expats. Its beginning to feel like the pandemic is over here in Costa Rica and of course everyone hopes so! We will have our Atenas Christmas Parade next week, the 16th, which I look forward to; then I return to Arenal Volcano National Park Christmas week, so a busy but happy month! 🙂

¡Pura Vida!


  1. Charlie, you are definitely not wasting your time with your blog preparation. Far from it! You have a wonderful talent for storytelling, in addition to your excellent photography skills, and your blog is always a joy to read. I am very pleased with the gift cards and book I got at the art show. Thank you!

    1. And THANK YOU for coming to the Art Show Shannon! Any compliment from you is greatly prized and appreciated! You are one of my Costa Rica role models! And I appreciate you! 🙂

  2. Charlie, I’m so very happy you had a good experience selling your art and meeting people. You have your own fan club. Your move to Costa Rica was a wise step for you. You are home and your words show how much you enjoy being there. Thanks for sharing your experiences with so many of us.

    1. And thank you Bonnie for always having a kind word! And for seeing that my move to Costa Rica was a wise move. I’ve never doubted it even as a few other did! I am quite at home here! And THANK YOU for following my blog!

  3. I am so glad that you had a good experience at the art sale. I can imagine your enjoyment as folks came by to look at your beautiful work and visit with you. May you have a wonderful rest of December.

    1. Thanks for those kind words Robbie! and Thanks for being one of my “foreign” blog followers! 🙂 And yes, December is shaping up to be a very good month if I just get my CU debit card before my Christmas trip! 🙂


    Congratulations on your show. I hope you sold enough photo memorabilia to become a millionaire.

    1. Thanks Larry for always having a kind word! If even one person comes up to be like that I feel like a star and to have several who live here also come to me is very encouraging!

      And don’t worry! I’ll never be a millionaire! In fact, what I sold was all below my cost because of double shipping through Miami with FL sales tax, CR sales tax and unbelievable import taxes – so my first time to “sell” here was just for fun and hopefully bless someone else. Most of my books I give away as gift to people and favorile lodges here. If you were here I would give you a photo book for your kind words! 🙂

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