┬┐Pura Vida o Vida Pura?

Pure Life — It’s the phrase that sums up Costa Rica. In Spanish it’s vida pura, because the adjective ‘pura’ goes after the noun. However, in Costa Rica, the Ticos and Ticas say Pira Vida. I even saw a store’s sign that read Pura Vida, so I think it works both ways. Though I’m thoroughly… Read More

Book Review: Abyssinian Nomad by Maskarm Haile

As I wrote this review from the comfort of the Mar y Bosque restaurant at Drake Bay, Costa Rica, I could see and hear wildlife all around me. There was a beautiful black bird with bright orange feathers perched on a tree branch. I could also see the impression of a long tail. It moved…. Read More

La Jungla

It was three years ago that I ventured into the jungles of the Philippines to be nosey and stay one night with the Batek people. Perhaps that experience has led me to this latest adventure. When I left my job in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, I knew that in order to maintain my tax… Read More

The Ballad of Alfredo Sanchez

It was once ‘a la mode’ for aspiring actors in Hollywood to create a new identity by combining one’s middle name with the street name on which they lived. In the same vein as would be actors of yesteryears I will employ a new moniker when I embark on my next journey to Central and… Read More