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Gallo pinto in Heredia, Costa Rica

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For friendly service and generous portions of local Tico fare drop by the family-owned El Kioskito del Chicharron, on Avenida 6, Calle 8/10, a lively street-front restaurant. Their sign, broken under the shingles, shows a smiling porky Pig stirring a … Continue reading

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No love lost, or gained

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A fresh blast of cool mountain air greeted me when I stepped off the bus at 1117 meters above sea level. The long and steep ride up the mountain to Perquín had left me tired and, in need of sustenance. … Continue reading

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A Regretful Education

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The road wound on for what seemed like an eternity and as each passing pick-up sped by it kicked up a new layer of dust to coat me with. I threw my thumb up a few times, but no one … Continue reading

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San Miguel – El Mozote

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I soon came upon a Chinese-owned motel-restaurant where a hamburger and a cold beer seemed more appealing than another plate of Central American-Chinese Chicken fried rice. I wondered which countries in the world didn’t have Chinese restaurants? They seemed ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Welcome home?

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The bus heaved in to the terminal in Comayaguela, on the west side of the Rio Choluteca, opposite Tegucigalpa at about 10 p.m. The town this side of the river is considered “dirtier and poorer” by the oft-reliable lonely planet … Continue reading

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Isla de Ometepe, oink and run

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    With my side-swinging satchel and futbol cinco shoes on, I set out with my guide Douglas to climb 1394 meter high Volcán Maderas in the thickening mist. Douglas was a Sandinista supporter, who spoke about weapons used during … Continue reading

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The Richard Nixon School of Costa Rica

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The sign, bearing the name Instituto Parauniversitario Richard Nixon, translated easily enough. In the small city of Heredia, nestled in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, more than 3000 land miles and seven countries south of Washington DC, there … Continue reading

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