El Lago de los Cisnes – Swan Lake

A little girl gets her photo made with 3 of the lead dancers after the performance.
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

I snapped this opening shot before the usher told us no photos!
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

We were early, so pastry & coffee through that door in the lobby!
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

By then there was this long entrance line that ran . . .

. . . all the way outside into second courtyard!
Oh well! Pura Vida!
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

We were in “the nosebleed section” up near the top,
 but as they say, “All seats have a good view!”
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Our group of 31 enjoyed themselves near the ceiling!  🙂
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Waiting for bus in courtyard after the performance.
 Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Saying “Goodbye” after the mostly retiree expats exit bus at church in
Atenas, Costa Rica


As you enter the gate, on your left stands
 this statue of a flutist and behind her is
 one of Beethoven.
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

And to your right is this bust of Chopin.
  Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Teatro Nacional  –  The National Theater,  1897
 A photo I made on an earlier visit.
 San Jose, Costa Rica

All photos were made on my Samsung Galaxy 5 Cellphone.

To see my “Trip Gallery” on this ballet trip:
 15 October – San Jose Ballet Performance

“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.”
Shana Lafleur

Thanksgiving Plus Improved Numbers: 49.4, 49.6, 51.2, 48.8, and 46.8

“View from a Costa Rica Cloud Forest”
My photo from the September trip to Talamanca Mountains & Quetzales Park.

It is a THANKSGIVING time for me the way wonderful friends are loving on me as I’m about to leave! Tonight’s going away party at the apartment of Frances Carver was wonderful with super good food by her daughter Kay and help from her son-in-law Ed. They are such great friends and the time together was special!

And the numbers? Well those are this afternoon’s weights of the five suitcases with only one coming in over 50 pounds, so I’m about to get there as I continue to adjust and remove items like the iron skillet that I pulled today! Weird you think? Well it was the only cooking utensil I felt valuable enough to take, but they have utensils in the furnished apartment and I will be able to buy things like that there. The biggest adjustment in my suitcases today was taking the 26 pounds of file folders in my Tupperware-like file box out of a suitcase and shipping it via my Miami address. I’m hoping it will get there within a month! And worth the high price I’m paying! I guess what we choose to keep or take with us on a downsizing move like this tells a lot about our priorities.  🙂

I sold my car Friday and Monday I am wiring more than 20% of the income from it to the Costa Rica shipping company as a “deposit” on the shipping of the 57 boxes of art and books. Everybody wants my money now, but after getting settled and the residency paperwork behind me, that will hopefully slow down.

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And by the way, I am so happy about President Obama’s announcement on Cuba where I hope to travel again, remembering my wonderful trip with AZAD two years ago. Now if congress will just get off their rear-ends and stop the stupid blockade, the U.S. might become a humanitarian country again. Oops! Getting political which I promised myself I would not in these blogs. But . . . I am looking forward to living in a country that has no enemies and no military or military industrial complex.  🙂