July 10, 2010

The farmacia visit yesterday proved easy to navigate – but $5 for a can of shaving cream? They had one can each of three different kinds in the glass case. Not sure if they had any additional cans in storage or if I bought their only can of Gillette Foamy. The clerk understood English. The price shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as I’m only shaving every 4-5 days.

Friend Michael

Michael has decided to go back to the States, as his long-distance consulting work wasn’t working out. He’s coming through Jaco on the 24th and plans to stop by to deliver my mail. He still plans to return to Costa Rica once he reaches retirement age. Don’t think he would have moved to Jaco with Sally anyway, as the heat is a factor. They found some nice towns up higher – and cooler – when she was here that would probably be a better fit when they decide to come back. Thanks for all your help, Michael, and I’ll see you on the 24th. As an aside, he is carrying four suitcases, a carry-on and his dog, Suzie. That’s a lot to carry for one person. Getting two suitcases down here for me was a challenge.

Already time for a change?

I grow increasingly frustrated with the fishing prospects in Jaco. Tried again yesterday evening, caught no bait and threw a lure for awhile. No luck, and I don’t see this one-dimensional fishing opportunity as an answer. So, today, I began looking for alternatives. I’m checking out Puntarenas to the north, and a city right next door, Chacarita. Puntarenas is located on a small peninsula in the opening to the Gulf of Nicoya, and Chacarita is a town you have to go through to get to Puntarenas. I have been able to find little about either online, even though the population of Chacarita is at least 26,000. I did find one apartment for rent on Craigslist for $500. While that is a bit too much for my budget, the complex sits right on the beach and the photos look nice. I’ve e-mailed them about the rent and about the surf. If they give me a report that the surf is mild, unlike here, then I may take an exploratory trip.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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