Second Day of Festival de Vida

When I left at 2 PM today we were up to 30-something newly registered voters!
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

Mid-day entertainment was mostly dancing today.
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica 

We did hear the community marching band play.
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

And several dance studios show off their work.
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

Another dance studio.
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

And remember that big name bands & singers are at night, too late for this old man! 🙂

A food truck showed up today! (Maybe from San Jose)
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

The two most popular foods at these gatherings are Ceviche (raw seafood soup that I don’t eat!)
 and Granizados (Snow Cones)
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

And next most popular is grilled chicken on a stick with a tortilla of course!
Or sometimes it is grilled pork.
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

It is called ceramicas here and just one of many art vendors.
Festival de Vida, Atenas, Costa Rica

Including colorful candles and lots of jewelry . . .

More photos have been added to my photo gallery on the 2018 Festival de Vida 

Lilting Notes & Interesting Folks!

As I walked through Central Park after Spanish Class this morning, headed for the hardware store , I heard beautiful music in the air (like bells), not sure where it was coming from. Then on a corner opposite the park I discover this man playing his xylophone or marimba and the music made me feel happy! Atenas is such a simple and happy place with surprises around every corner!

Just making music on the sidewalk outside the Me Gusta Shop

Around the corner, at his usual spot, a fruit & veggie vendor.
Only 2 blocks from the Central Market, his biggest competition.
Though there is another guy at the next corner.  🙂
Nearer the market and the hardware store, my destination.

Yes, in Atenas some guys still
come to town on their horse.
Small town Costa Rica!
And watch where you step!

I also discovered the CATUCA today, but I will tell about it another day!  🙂  

And oh yeah, I forgot to say that beginning March 20 I have Costa Rica Private Health Insurance which will last a year and hopefully by then I will have my CAJA or government insurance after I get my Pensionado Residency. One step at a time! And timing was good because my Medigap Policy was going up in price next month, like double! I’ll be cancelling it now! Medical costs is one area where I really do save money living here instead of the states – big savings! The only drawback on my private insurance here is that they won’t cover preexisting conditions for a year. But the government plan will  and for a lot less money! This time next year I will be on it.