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Two Coasts and No Army, 12: Language Lesson, 5 December 2023

March 20, 2024 - Pura Vida is a uniquely Costa Rican expression. Literally, it means “pure life”, an unhurried acknowledgement of the ple...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 11: Altitude Adjustment, 4 December 2023

March 13, 2024 - HL, Ava and I agreed on our desire for a relaxing day, without tours or formal activities. It was noon before we ambled...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 10: Manuel Antonio Park, 3 December 2023

March 07, 2024 - Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the most popular of Costa Rica's national parks. Months in advance, HL had booked a gu...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 9: The Winding Road to the Pacific, 3 December 2023

February 28, 2024 - In Costa Rica, students have their longest school break from the end of November until February. The rainy season ends b...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 8: Ogling the Olingos, 2 December 2023

February 17, 2024 - On our last night in the capital, we enjoyed a reunion with our friend Ava, who lives in Jerusalem. Ava’s son and his fa...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 7: Rescate Wildlife Refuge, 30 November 2023

February 10, 2024 - On the way back to San José, Dario and we toured a wildlife rescue facility (Rescate Animal in Spanish). Zoos are illega...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 6: Tres Generaciones Café, 30 November 2023

February 02, 2024 - We were chilled and somewhat dispirited after our vain attempt to view the Poás Volcano. Our mood improved rapidly when...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 5: The Virtual Volcano, 30 November 2023

January 28, 2024 - When planning our trip, HL and I had to choose between renting a car or hiring a driver. We selected the latter option....
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Two Coasts and No Army, 4: A Leap into the Void, 29 November 2023

January 21, 2024 - It was almost closing time for the tri-level Museos del Banco when HL and I left the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. The seco...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 3: Mapping the Cosmos, 29 November 2023

January 14, 2024 - In 2019, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold in San José underwent a complete renovation. As part of it, the museum's direc...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 2: Buried Treasure, 29 December 2023

January 08, 2024 - Though San José may lack the grandeur of many capital cities, it does possess several museums in close proximity to the...
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Two Coasts and No Army, 1: The Curtain Rises on Costa Rica, 29 November 2023

January 02, 2024 - Teatro Nacional, San José Our flight landed in San J osé after dark, so we saw little more of the Costa Rican capital t...
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