Car in Ditch

My rent house is on the side of a hill above a residential street inside the Roca Verde development. I can look down through the trees and other plants to the street if I wish – not my favorite view!   🙂

A week or so ago I heard a crash below me and a car driven by one of my Tico neighbors had gone into the concrete ditch made for rainwater going down the hill. No curb or barrier or guardrail along the rainwater ditch. Here’s 3 shots on my cellphone of the guy in the ditch, the flatbed truck preparing to pull him out and the guys helping the truck by pushing on the car (which they always do here!). The car was all scratched up and probably had some wheel, axle or alignment problems, but he drove away it away without needing the big truck to take him into a shop. Pura vida!   🙂

Daily I thank God for not owning a car!   🙂


“Walking is the only form of transportation in which a man proceeds erect – like a man – on his own legs, under his own power. There is immense satisfaction in that.”
― Edward Abbey

¡Pura Vida!

Costa Rica Has Low Terrorism Risk

It is nice to live in one of the 10 most low terrorism risk countries, according to the UK’s Daily Mail online news.
From:     Chamber of Commerce PR?  🙂
And the high risk of terrorism includes my beloved Gambia West Africa, I’m sorry to say.
I’m surprised that parts of the U.S. and Europe are not included, but frequency may be a factor.
And what about this proximity to the equator? It reminds me of mission board’s 10/40 Window of non-Christians.
From   But comments above by Charlie.

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” 
― Albert Einstein

You are safe traveling to Costa Rica!

If you are thinking of traveling to Costa Rica, don’t let rumors of Dengue Fever and Zika Virus scare you! The U.S. Issued Warnings for Pregnant Women Travel to 14 Latin America Countries because of the Zika scare, BUT COSTA RICA IS NOT ON THE LIST! We have not had a single case of Zika and besides it only affects the unborn children of pregnant women. In the past we have had 2 or 3 cases of Dengue Fever, but it is considered under control now with mosquito eradication. Some of you may remember that I came back from Gambia in 2002 with Dengue Fever but got over it quickly. If treated it does not kill, just miserable with high temps for awhile.

The CDC Website basically says that for Costa Rica travel you should just be up-to-date with your regular vaccines just as you would in the states. The most common diseases for tourists to get here are the sexually transmitted diseases, so simply avoid that kind of tourism!  🙂

It is interesting that our neighbor Panama is on the Zika no-travel list above and have had many more cases of dengue. And somehow North Americans think Panama is more developed than Costa Rica! Take note if considering Panama for retirement instead of Costa Rica!  🙂