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April 29th, 2009
Costa Rica has confirmed two cases of Swine Flu. The infected parties are a 21 year old woman and a 29 year old man, both returned recently from trips to Mexico. Costa Rica receives daily flights from Mexico. The woman traveled with 92 others on her flight home. Both persons were treated at Calderon Guardia Hospital.
Incredibly, the infected woman decided to ignore health officials and broke quarantine so she could attend classes at her university.
Thirty-five others are under watch.
A third person, a youngster, has flu symptoms (not yet confirmed as Swine Flu) possible infected by her father who recently returned to Costa Rica from Mexico. If confirmed, that would be the first case of swine flu caught within the borders.
The Ministry of Health this morning asked the passengers of two other flights, TACA LR 631 and Mexicana 387, to call 911 emergency so they may be tested.
Employees at the San Jose airport are wearing surgical masks, and many incoming passengers are having their temperatures taken upon arrival.
I am not going to go into this swine flu deal because unless my readers are living on another planet, you have been deluged with probably more information that you want to know.
I am more concerned though as my wife works at Calderon Guardia Hospital.
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February 2nd, 2009
I realize the audience for this post may be a bit smaller, but here it is anyway.
Did you see it?
Frontier Airlines ran an ad during the Superbowl that may interest you if you live near or can get to, Denver, Colorado (all flights specials originate there).
Price Denver to San Jose, Costa Rica is $139.00 (each way) and that ain’t bad… BUT you have to book and pay TODAY by 9 PM MST.
* Purchase by February 2, 2009
* Complete travel by June 10, 2009
* 14 day advance purchase required
* Choose off-peak travel days
o Tuesday – Wednesday for US
o Monday – Thursday for Costa Rica
Can you do it? If so, come on down to Costa Rica! The weather is fine… though I DID see a cloud the other day!
Oh… and the temperature here this morning (in San Jose): 72 F
How is YOUR weather?
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February 1st, 2009
I did a fair amount of work a couple of years ago when researching the various illnesses and health issues common to Costa Rica. I thought I had a pretty good handle on it… then some nice lady sent me an email about Chagas Disease… so I checked that out and added it. Well I guess Chagas was not the end because today, I will introduce you to Angiostrongylus costaricensis, a nasty little parasite that has made sick and sadly killed some very young children. Of the 42 cases treated since 2003, 16 were girls and 26 were boys under the age of 14 years. At serious risk are the youngest… under nine years old.
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January 16th, 2009
First, a correction and an apology to my readers! In an earlier Post, I stated the the La Paz waterfall was no more. This mistake brought to my attention by a reader Mario and since verified. Although La Paz is still running muddy, it is still there, although the damage to the surrounding area is extensive.
More and more aftershocks are hitting the same area and those still there are living in constant fear. Yesterday afternoon at least 10 aftershocks were felt areas of Sararipiqui. The smallest was 2.7 and and the largest was 4.5 (about 2 PM yesterday) on the Richter Scale. Many could be felt here in the Central Valley.
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July 8th, 2008
This post was actually sent in as a comment to an earlier post about crime in Costa Rica, but after reading it, I thought it not really relevant to crime… or maybe it was as these ladies apparently did a lot of cool things and experienced nothing but a fun time.
However, I did not want to discard it, and I decided it might be of general interest to a lot of readers, especially to older folks considering a trip to Costa Rica and more especially to older women who might like to travel together! Here is the account or the trip taken by Della and her female companion and written by Della.
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July 7th, 2008
Ahhh Bugs! Bichos! Things with many legs! If you live here in the tropics, they are as much a part of your life as the sun, the beach, the mountains, and the bad roads! Certainly one of the most visited web pages in The REAL Costa Rica is about the creepie crawlies that are everywhere in Costa Rica. Not surprising I guess… hell, there was even a snake in the Garden of Eden right?
Those of you who follow my writings probably already know about Rolando, the Flying Cucaracha Affair, and the occasion tarantulas that come avisitin’ at Casa Ticogrande. However, for sheer annoyance, nothing can top the ants (hormigas). that look at this house as a giant smörgåsbord.
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June 30th, 2008
I really do try to make sure everything I write is exactly correct (personal opinions excepted!), but on occasion, I experience what my late great-grandmother termed a “brain fart”. She was an earthy sort of woman!
This phenomena occured on 9 June when I wrote the post entitled “3,000 Jobs Gone? Why?“. I am 99% sure I read in La Nacion that the new regulation had been published in La Gaceta. It appears I was wrong and it was not published. As Bugs Bunny would say, “Whatta maroon!”.
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June 19th, 2008
Lately, the active volcano has been strutting her stuff, and this has been going on for some weeks now. Customers of mine witnessed a fine show just this week.
The volcano is near the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, about three hours northwest of San Jose by car. We go fairly often and rooms are always easy to get, especially now in the low season. The beds in many of the hotels are positioned so you can watch it at night. Beats Leno!
Wanna see something cool? Come take a peak! Bring the camera.
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June 15th, 2008
Those of you who live in Costa Rica are probably quite familiar with the cellular phone system here and most of you are also aware of just how lousy is the GSM system in particular. TDMA is still the only reliable system here in Costa Rica.
To provide a bit of background for newcomers, visitors and tourists, there are currently two cell phone systems here in Costa Rica. The first, TDMA , often referred to as “the old system” and GSM, “the new system”. New is better, right? Often true, but in this case… totally not true.
The GSM system was installed some years ago by Alcatel, a French company under contract to ICE the government-run monopoly that controls all telecommunications in Costa Rica. Apparently not satisfied with just trying to win this huge contract in a competitive manner, Alcatel decided to spend some cash in order to bribe some key decision makers in ICE and in the Costa Rican government. About $11 million as I recall! This was also distributed to at least two and probably three ex-Presidents of Costa Rica, two of whom spent some time in prison for accepting these bribes, and a third who is currently hiding out in Switzerland, unable and apparently unwilling to return to Costa Rica for fear of also passing a few hours in the slammer.
This is important to know because the GSM system installed by Alcatel simply did not and still does not work well at all… and it will soon be the only system available.
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June 10th, 2008
Caution! Rant coming!
As most expats, I watch the current political battle for the Presidency of the United States. I watch as Barrack Obama and others make their stupid claims that they will “do something” about the price of gasoline in the US, now over $4.00 per gallon in 23 states. They just don’t get it. To me, it as is stupid as their claims that they will stem the outflow of jobs from the USA to other countries. I have news for them. The first will not happen without strong leadership and new ideas (which neither candidate has even remotely shown) and it is years too late the do anything about the second.
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