Monthly Archives: February 2019

An Encounter with Muji

Decades ago, when I lived in Japan, various satirical magazines often made fun of what we termed Japanese English or Janglish. These were translation mistakes or misuses of English (intentional or unintentional) that appeared everywhere. They could be boldly emblazoned … Continue reading

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Sunshine

I emerged from the subway with all the other lemmings, grumbling and rolling my eyes at the people having difficulty with the turnstile exit. It sure and truly was a Monday morning.  Most everyone was waiting just inside the doors … Continue reading

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No More “Next Time.” This Time!

Have you ever come across a snack item and thought, “That looks delicious. I should try that.”  Then promptly walked away from it.  It could be you balked at the price.  It could be that you were distracted by something … Continue reading

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Getting Sick

Thank you everyone for reading about my adventures in Costa Rica.  Your comments and encouragement were especially rewarding.  I was really on the fence about the trip before going–despite already paying for the thing.  Maybe it was nerves, or maybe … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Trip

Now that I have been home for a couple of days, I want to take a moment to sum up and review my trip. Costa Rica The country is beautiful. From the beaches to the mountains, the colour are spectacular.  … Continue reading

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And So It Ends

    My last full day in Costa Rica was a free morning with the promise of a long car ride back to San Jose in the afternoon. One of my fellow travellers recommended a place not too far from … Continue reading

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Beaches to Bars

HaveOur next day, and last full day in Puerto Viejo, was a relaxing beach day. Apparently, there was enough money in the budget to rent bikes for everyone and head to Manzanillo beach. It wasn’t a great distance away, but … Continue reading

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Surf’s Up!

Ever since I was young, I have thought surfing was cool. I saw it in movies and TV; everything from Beach Blanket Bingo to the North Shore, Point Break–I could go on and on….actually, come to think of it, I … Continue reading

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Angelic Voice at a Beach Bar

After an adventurous drive from the rafting place that included a traffic jam, an epic 20 car reverse on a bridge to allow an ambulance to pass, the passing of an Exodus cycling group, and a driver change, we arrived … Continue reading

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The Pacuare River

The next part of my Costa Rican adventure was a two day river rafting trip, with a one day interlude to either hike or relax. We departed our hotel before dawn.  This made for a quiet ride.  Most people were … Continue reading

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