I went back to Alajuela today (Friday) to see the movie Güilas a second time. It is soooooo good! It is fabulous art and photography! It is seven stories about kids, one in each of the seven provinces of Costa Rica making it almost a travelogue movie and it is very entertaining, very funny, and very delightful as all kids are! My favorite movie of the year already!
And for those here in Costa Rica, I have decided that my favorite of the seven is “Cabin in the Watta,” a delightful story of a boy and girl in the Caribbean of Costa Rica at Puerto Viejo going fishing and bringing their catch back to Mama who runs a little Soda (small restaurant) where they help cook the fish and little plantain cakes and then share it with an old man who then plays his banjo and sings the rhythmic caribbean song Cabin in the Watta. Plus it has the best nature photography!
And unfortunately good films like Güilas are not filling the theaters and are getting pushed out by all the violence and superhero films from America like Avengers starting next week or soon and today was the first day of the newest Star Wars movie. I tried doing a selfie in front of the theater promotional display, then a friendly Tico offered to take my picture which was better. Not sure if I will see this movie, but a fun photo:
Old Charlie Doggett with the Young Han Solo & Chewy! Cinemark City Mall, Alajuela, Costa Rica
I still have my “Enjoying Retirement” business cards but these are for a select few wanting photos:
Okay, I’m not resurrecting my old photography business in the full sense, but a few persons have asked about getting my photos, so using what is already online, my photos are available for order through three websites I already use. Those sites produce the items and make the money with a small % to me.
For Wall Art the Smugmug Shop has good options (click “BUY” at bottom of enlarged photo) and my new favorite is the wall art photo printed on metal in the glossy format.I’ve ordered several for my house walls here in Costa Rica – birds of course! 🙂 There are several other items available with any of my photos printed on them under the headings of “Keepsakes” and “Phone Cases” and the best part is there are more photos to choose from on my Smugmug gallery!
The Cafe Press shop was set up years ago with Tennessee + USA photos you can still order if you like and one old Costa Rica Birds Calendar. I am slowly adding new Costa Rica photos here and items not available on my newer Smugmug Shop like T-shirts and calendars. See the direct link to Costa Rica Birds T-Shirts below. I plan to add some new bird calendars soon, then other items. Slowly! I’m retired! 🙂
My Bookstore is another animal! I mainly make the photo books for my own personal enjoyment and a way to show some of my photos to other people here locally. One of each is available to see in my Living Room. And all are available for purchase and include more than just reports on trips. I have even put a lifetime of scrapbooks together photographically in a 4-volume biography set of books for family history buffs. And yeah, there may be a fifth volume eventually about my retirement in Costa Rica. 🙂
The business cards were recently ordered and will be used locally when someone here asks about buying my photos. But you guys in the states have the same access to internet orders with less expensive shipping and no import tax, so maybe they are a better deal for you! 🙂 Enjoy!
Nature As Art
Costa Rica Style
Though I have this wall too full (cluttered), here are examples of both metal and canvas wall art photos. Atenas, Costa Rica
If you like birds and like having them on T-Shirts, here’s 30+ choices of birds you can wear on a very high quality T-Shirt from my CafePress.com store. (More to be added) In another section of that store you can find more birds on T-Shirts that I photographed earlier in various places in the United States including the Florida Everglades & Nashville Zoo. And also other products like calendars, coffee mugs or canvas tote bags. Fun!
MEN & WOMEN’S T-SHIRTS INCLUDED ON ALL 30+ BIRD CHOICES!
Wow! It was hard picking only one from each month! So many favorites! Missed some greats! I tried for a balance of birds, flowers & people – 4 each. Review my year in photos & know it was even better than this! Just a sample of being retired in Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA!
January 2017 My garden was a constant joy! Blue Plumbago contrasted against a Heliconia
February 2017 Two nights in San Jose was a fun and different trip for me.
March 2017 The birds in my garden continue to amaze! Lineated Woodpecker
April 2017 The bird sculpture by my former neighbor Anthony Jeroski will always be a special garden memory of him. He died in July in states.
May 2017 One of my guides at Drake Bay, Carlos, with baby boa. Everywhere I go great guides make the trip memorable!
June 2017 My gardners on break at my house, a tradition we have. I love my gardners and my garden!
July 2017 At Rancho Naturalista I finally get a photo of a Sunbittern! This is a rare bird and rare photo that I’m proud of.
August 2017 Butterflies are second only to birds for me and I saw a few this year. Most, like this one, in my garden of course! A Heliconius Hecale Zuleika.
September 2017 This Squirrel Cuckoo was on edge of my terrace for a favorite photo at home or maybe my “Photo of the Year” or at least tied with the Sunbittern. 🙂
October 2017 My high school “after school club” for Conversational English was my most rewarding activity of the year! Fun & hard work!
November 2017 This Triquitraque is one of the smallest and favorite flowers in my garden.
December 2017 Everything about my Christmas trip to Tambor Bay was super good, but this photo of a King Vulture is the big prize! Another rare find & photo!
Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA To get to gallery, click above image or title, then click Browse or scroll down to the above. Each of the 9 titles/images above take you into a folder of photo galleries on that subject.
Independence Day Parade 2015 Oxcart Parade 2017 Oxcart Parade 2015 & 2016 Day of Cultures 2017 Other Fiestas in Atenas Central Park Atenas Easter Processional 2017 Granada, Nicaragua Easter Processionals 2016 Atenas Easter Processional 2015 Cuban Swan Lake Ballet, San Jose My Visitors from the States My 75th Birthday Party My 76th Birthday Party (Let’s wait until 80th now!) Photos of Me TRIPS 2017-Dec-3–InterNations at Zooave 2017-Nov-14–Atenas Expats Tour San Jose 2017-Nov-6-10–Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort 2017-Sept-Oct–Three Day Trips Nearby 2017-Sept-4-8–Caribe Banana Azul, Puerto Viejo 2017-July-29–Tarcoles River Day Trip 2017-July-3-7–Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba 2017-May-1-6–Drake Bay & Corcovado 2017-April-22–Camino de Costa rica Day Hike 2017-April-13–Tarcoles River Day Trip 2017-March-18-22–Tenorio Park & Celeste Mtn. Lodge 2017-Feb-16-18–San Jose City Visit 2016-Dec-23-27–Sarapiqui Selva Verde Lodge 2016-Dec-16-Tarcoles River Day Trip 2016-Sept-15-20–Manzanillo Tent Hotel 2016-Aug-21-24–Flamingo Beach & Palo Verde Park 2016-Jun-28-30–Western Nicaragua 2016-Jun-18–Zooave 2016-May-22-23–Carara Park & Cerro Lodge 2016-May-20-22–Campesinos near Quepos 2016-Mar-22-30–Nicaragua Bird Tour 2016-Mar-10-13–Monteverde 2016-Feb-15-17–Tortuguero 2016-Feb-14–Toledo Coffee Farm Tour 2016-Feb-13–Zooave 2016-Feb-12–Atenas Railroad Museum 2016-Feb-11–La Paz Waterfall Gardens 2016-Jan-27-30–Healthcare Tour & San Ramon Visit 2015-Dec-30–Visa Run to Nicaragua Border 2015-Dec-6-9–Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba 2015-Oct-8–Visa Run to Penas Blanca, Nicaragua 2015-Sept-25-27–San Gerardo de Dota 2015-Sept-23-25–Chirripo & Cloudbridge 2015-Aug-21-24–Bribri Yorkin Reserve, Caribe 2015-Aug-20-21–Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 2015-Jul-29-Aug-1–Tarcoles & Carara 2015-Jul-8–Visa Run to Nicaragua border 2015-Mar-29+–Five CR Towns Visited w/ Kevin 2015-Mar-28–Zooave 2015-Mar-25-27–Manuel Antonio Park 2015-Mar-25–Tarcoles River 2015-Mar-23–Poas & La Paz Waterfalls Garden 2015-Mar-22–Toledo Coffee Farm Tour 2015-Mar-15–Visa Run to Nicaragua 2015-Feb-28–Tope de Mercedes 2015- Feb-19–Tarcoles River Day Trip 2015-Jan-22–Zooave +10 Latin American Trips BEFORE moving to Costa Rica HAIKU PHOTOS
A gallery of 22 Haiku Poems, each on one of my photos, 3 en español
Sorry but I ran out of time linking every gallery title, but I hope you will explore my photo galleries and realize that the TRIPS gallery is almost like a photo diary of my trips and is where you get a chronological report of what I do in my retirement in Costa Rica. Enjoy!
Nearly three years ago I started this blog to publicly discuss and seek guidance in what I then called my “Costa Rica Decision Process.” I just went back and read one of those early posts that really sums up my 16 reasons for leaving the U.S. and choosing Costa Rica for retirement written on June 28, 2014:
Click the above title and read the reasons I listed three years ago and you have my answer for today! Oh sure, I could add some things I’ve learned since that make it even better and some things that are more negative than in that list, but overall it sums up pretty well why I came and why I stay. And the list is totally mine, not from some website on retiring in Costa Rica. And yes, I’m really glad I did it! No regrets and I expect to stay here the rest of my life.
A few readers of this blog have written with specific questions and contact me when they come here to check it out. I am happy to help! Nothing in it for me. I’m retired and not selling services. 🙂
Now, I have wondered at what point we get too many Americans, Canadians and Europeans here!? There are a few “Ugly Americans” (Remember the 1960’s book?) already here and they are the ones constantly complaining about something that is not right here in their eyes. When an earlier neighbor was complaining about the relaxed atmosphere and infrastructure and said, “You know how these people are!” I thought to myself, “You need to go back to the states.” In three months he did. This culture and atmosphere is not for everyone! So check it out thoroughly for a good while before you decide to move here! But be sure that many of us love it here!
And for more reasons, just go back and read all the entries in this blog or see my Costa Rica Photo Gallery that I call: Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICAand you will visually see why I love it here!
About noon I take boat from here to “wet landing” (barefoot through surf) in the little village of Drake Bay. Then a taxi with a Canadian family who were in another hotel, going to the Drake Bay Airport (photos below). Then less than an hour flight to San Jose Airport in Alajuela and my personal taxi prescheduled to take me home where I ordered pizza delivered, started laundry and a few other chores before collapsing!
Drake Bay Airport Terminal, Ticket Office & Gift Shop Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Bording Gate, complete with attendant & fire extinguisher! Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Drake Bay Airport Drake Bay, Costa Rica
The Thrill of the Cockpit Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Goodbye Drake Bay, a bay off the Pacific Ocean at Corcovado Park Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Crossing the Mountains to San Jose in 45 minutes! (All day on bus) Talamanca Mountains, Costa Rica
Main Terminal, San Jose Airport – But Sansa has its own little terminal. Alajuela, Costa Rica