Happy Almost 2015!

What an amazing year 2014 has been ... we lost several wonderful friends ... and many lovely new babies joined us too. Sending you warm blessings for the coming year and deepest gratitude for all the love and support the Chayotevine and Colibri's Corner receives. A quick reminder that the feria will be Monday and Tuesday this week only, December 29th & 30th ... with the next one in Perez Zeledon, the following Thursday and Friday, January 8th & 9th. Hours for Colibri's Corner will be 7 - 4 on Monday and 9 - 1 on Tuesday. Very much appreciate early orders and remember we can ship anywhere in Costa Rica. Also .. we are updating the website all the time now ... especially the events page .. so

Blessing the Variety of Life in Pura Vida Landia

Costa Rica lost a national treasure this week ... one day short of his 69th birthday. Don Alvaro Ugalde Víquez will be mightily missed. Please click here to read more about this man, lovingly known as the "Father of the National Parks of Costa Rica." Looks like we have more wetness ahead ... definitely the time to be dancing in the rain. Please be sure to check our Events page ... we have so much talent & energy & variety here for just about anyone to entertain & amuse & educate themselves. We have lots of delicious chocolates this week at the San Isidro Feria ... as well as Organic Handmade Corn Tortillas, a variety of delicious breads, and our Smoked Trucha (trout) ... growing in populari

Wonder Summertime in ChayotevineLandia

Sure hope you saw the amazing Full Moon last (Tuesday) nite .... it lit the skies for hours with magical energy. As most of you probably know by now ... the Cerro between Cartago and PZ had quite a slide last Thursday, closing direct connections ... check out our Newsworthy page here, for information on the current buses and routes. Wise expats plan to make graceful exits Asking a friend or loved one to take care of one’s funeral arrangements is one way of planning. Why put the burden on someone else? By our own, Kathy Riggle. This week at the PZ feria, we have featured: Organic Fenugreek Seeds German style sauerkraut Gluten free Bread (using organic yucca & corn flours) German Sourdough bre

Enjoying the Summer in Chayotevinelandia!

The weather has been so incredibly beautiful ... certainly hope all our new visitors and locals are enjoying it to the fullest. It is heartwarming that so many newcomers to Costa Rica are finding our area to settle in. Those furry yellow caterpillars are being sighted in many locals .. please do yourself a favor and never touch them. Here are a couple of requests: WANTED:We are looking for a Toyota Hilux 4x4 with seating for 4, 2003 ornewer. Must be in good mechanical condition and ready for sale inmid-February.Contact gene@sylverleaf.com Looking for Classical and or other guitars Joel Burbach joelburbach@mkp.org And some newsworthy items: Deep Discounts: Southwest Airlines starts daily serv

Happy Holiday Greetings in our Blessed Southern Zone of Costa Rica

We've got rain ... we've got sun ... we've got rainbows ... we've got lots of new visitors exploring our beautiful part of the world! Personally I'm looking forward to the Winter Solstice this Sunday ... and a great Holiday meal with friends at the Chirripo Restaurant (please see Events page if you haven't RSVP'ed yet.) Thought we'd share a new promotional video that is actually quite cute ... believe the Costa Rican government is putting this out, Save The Americans" Costa Rica Ad Campaign for the U.S. & Canada 2015-2016 Here's a reminder about the holiday schedule for the feria in PZ: This week, December 18th & 19th is "normal" Next week and the following week, it will be Monday and Tues

Secrets Airlines Don't Want You To Know (Very Good Advice)

Once you've experienced a $200 price spike in the middle of your ticket search, your fourth 45-minute flight delay of the day, or your bag going MIA in Miami, you can't help but think: what are these airlines hiding from me? It turns out, A LOT. Sure, some of it's coincidence, and you get an $8 voucher for an airport breakfast. But that overpriced breakfast is not an adequate salve -- and in fact, you've got a right to more than that. Here are 10 secrets airlines don't want you to know. Keep Reading: 10 SECRETS THE AIRLINES DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW PUBLISHED ON 2/6/2015 BY NADIA IMAFIDON #CommunityInfo

Osa Peninsula Route To Be Improved

Highway officials plan to make the route from Puerto Jiménez to Carate in the Osa peninsula an all-weather road. This is about 43 kilometers, and the job will take five of those metal bailey bridges. Keep reading: Five bridges planned for route along south side of Osa peninsula By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Splendiferous Sunsets in the Gorgeous Southern Zone of Costa Rica

As I'm writing this ... the magical, vivid colours of the sunset are dancing in the distance ... such magnificence we enjoy here. The word is definitely getting out of the fine living we enjoy in this area ... so many new visitors and those wanting to relocate here have been stopping by. The scorpions are also in abundance these days ... so please, please, shake things out and don't sit down without looking! Many of you have heard about the very troubling disappearance of Ryan Piercy, the head of ARCR and Casa Canada. Here is a prayer request for his safe return. Couple seeking ride to share for border run to Panama and back on one day trip. Please call Sheya at 8428-6986. Here is some good

Reasons to Love Southern Costa Rica by Diane Franklin

Oh, so many choices of different zones to choose from when coming to Costa Rica; each zone has characteristics of their own. Admittedly the San Jose and suburbs has major hospitals, lots of shopping and a major airport so why choose southern Costa Rica? Water, Water, Everywhere One big plus for the southern zone is all the water; some areas in the northern areas experience water rationing during the final weeks of the dry season. Coming from Michigan where water is abundant water rationing can be scary stuff. For many Norte Americanos having plenty of water is critical. Yes, we are spoiled. Although all of Costa Rica is beautiful, the southern zone tends to be greener than the north during t

Enjoying Pura Vida in our Wonderful Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Warm Welcome to our Many New Readers! I'd like to know if there is anyone in the community that knows anything about wild mushrooms or that already picks and sells them (as food and/or for therapeutic reasons), or that do some kind of eco-mycology tours? I have a friend who's a nurse but also an avid mycologist eager to transfer her knowledge while contributing to a new kind of ecotourism and business in Central America. Thank you so much in advance. Suzy sethier@consult-iidc.com Join me in the kitchen! Selva Armonia Retreat Center and Eco-Lodge is looking for a unique individual to fill a full-time, live-in position as Kitchen Assistant. If you would like to be part of a passionate team pre


Click on the picture to see some of the magnificent beauties of Costa Rica and when you get here, don't forget to visit us at the Perez Zeledon feria (market). Contact us for any assistance you might need and We'll be so happy to provide any directions we can. #CostaRicaNews

Holy Week ... Semana Santa blesses our Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Sending you all Springtime & Sacred Blessings for this very special week in Costa Rica ... most businesses and banks and transportation shut down the latter part of the week ... so good planning is very useful. Caja to offer emergency care only on Holy Thursday, Friday. We will be at the San Isidro Feria on Tuesday, March 31st from 7 to 4 and on Wednesday April 1st from 9 to 2pm. Wonderful products to enjoy this week at Colibri's Corner include Magical Moringa Powder / Super Food Organic Hemp Seeds / Pumpkin Seeds / Costa Rican Fresh Macadamias / Raw & Vegan Cookies / Blackberry Cobbler / Nutritional Yeast / Fluoride Free Toothpastes ... and much more. Remember too that we have International

Spring Equinox ... Volcanic Eruptions ... Smoked Trout ... Goat Cheese and Super Moon

Although most of us here in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica are not being directed affected by the recent and perhaps ongoing eruptions of our neighbor, Volcan Turrialba ... the Vulcanologists are saying it's probably not over yet! Currently, our San Jose Airport, Juan Santamaria is operating normally, and of course, that is subject to change if more eruptions occur. Click here for direct link to the airport page which will tell you what's up there! Emergency Officials Keep Watchful Eye on the Turrialba Volcano An interesting historical volcanic fact ... is that when then President, John F Kennedy visited Costa Rica in March, 1963, he was greeted by Volcano Irazu erupting. Mama Earth will b

Being a Perezoso (Sloth) in Southern Costa Rica

Lovely sloth by Sandra Chandler Hiebert (I've been feeling pretty slothy myself) Matt’s Cook-Ass Culinary Retreat is happening at Finca Mia, Los Angeles De Rivas May 14th-17th, 2015. Do yourself a favor and learn some great stuff in a gorgeous setting. Click here for details. Turrialba has been having its fits and starts ... if you have a flight to connect with ... check it out before you head toward the airport. Locally grown turkeys available now year round! Fresh or frozen. Can be picked up at Colibri's Corner at PZ Market by order. Make arrangements with Barbara Wolfe-Johnson to make orders. bwolfej@yahoo.com +506-2787-0534 (H) +506-8935-3671 (M) Hello everybody, due to our new plans ,

Life goes on in our Precious Southern Zone of Costa Rica

Photo by Matthew Kritzer / Plucky Photography Viernes Santo (Good Friday) was a day to remember for a long, long time. Most of us in the Southern Zone felt two earthquakes ... the first one felt like a bomb went off below my house. It was also Passover for many, and in the early morning hours we had a blood red moon and eclipse ... and also a grievous, fluke accident occurred near Uvita. Many of us knew and loved Matthew Kritzer ... this photo below is from the last day of his life. On the San Josecito Road, he and our beloved Dagmar Reinhard, publisher of the amazing Ballena Tales, were looking for her dog, and a portion of the road gave way and the car fell and Matt died from his injuries.

Saying 'Adios' to February and Welcoming New Visitors to our Southern Zone

As February has practically flown away ... our region has an influx of Envisionaries ... the year Envision has sold out and there are thousands of wonderful people in our area... and a few rotten eggs. So trust in God .. and tie your horses. Our Ginger Kombucha will be there at Lady Love Food's booth so if you're going .. stop by and try some with the lovely ladies there. @@Internship offered: $$Monetary stipend offered. We have a position opening from May - July 2014 here at the Center of Imagination in Zona Sur/ Coto Brus. Send a query for a **full-time intern who will help with the infrastructure of governance and organizing the business aspects of the artist-in-residence programs and wor

New Healthy Juices With Michelle

Now at the Feria you can enjoy the benefits of having a health center right where you shop. Our team of professionals at AlternativeMedYes have created a menu for you to choose from like health foods and drinks, also our line of cosmetics & beauty products to take advantage of on THURSDAY AND FRIDAYS. We have weekly specials and giveaways for you to participate in so don't miss your chance and come check us out! Front part of feria. Check more about the Feria / Market here.

In Memory Of Matthew Kritzer

So, I became Costa Rica’s lover by Matthew Kritzer “I went back into the jungle, only this time for myself; I was on a mission to try to understand and find closure in what had happened to me in the steamy, tangled Vietnamese forest. The close fury of combat, during my tour of duty, had shocked me to the core and parts of my mind had gone missing in action. Now, beginning my sixties, I found myself entwined in another jungle, only this time I was on my own. I felt that by being alone, I would have my chance at filling those indefinable, elusive blank spaces in my personal mode of operation. I knew that the good things in life invariably come on time, though not always on my time. To what deg

Blessed to be in Southern Costa Rica

Banana Blossom by RedEarth Ruben Welcome to lots of new subscribers ... so happy to have you with us. A reminder that this Friday is Labour Day and banks and many stores will be closed ... check this article for more information. We will be open at the San Isidro Feria on Friday til 2pm. Here is a handy tip I thought I'd pass along to you ... Citrus Does The Trick It’s common knowledge that spiders hate all things citrus. Rubbing citrus peels on areas where spiders are known to frequent, like baseboards, windowsills and bookshelves, is a great way to keep them from coming around. Even using lemon scented furniture polish can drive spiders away! Our new friend Matt is offering a Super Cook A

Happy Earth Day Mama Earth ... Let's Make Every Day Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day here in our blessed Southern Zone with sunshine this morning ... and now beautiful nourishing rain. Thought this was a good explanation for an oft raised question: Why Is There Sometimes Several Versions Of The Same Earthquake? Last week I heard 5 different stories of recent falls we have taken ... some resulting in serious injury. As our rainy and slippery season is here ... please be extra super careful to stay vertical as you walk. I have a couple of Datacards (internet sticks) for just 15,000 colones each ... see me at Colibri's Corner or write: datacard@puravidaconnections.com Looking for ride to San Jose May 11 when I leave the country. Would be happy to pay half

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