Yesterday, Tuesday, we spent a fair amount of time just getting organized and putting things away. I'll take photos of our place soon and you can see where we live. It's fairly large... has an upstairs bedroom and bath and downstairs a large kitchen/dining/living area and another bath. There is an automatic washer on the back porch... only a sidewalk directly in front, but a large area below that with a pool (not in working order) and some nice shrubs and trees. The bedroom has a deck off the back.
You can see the place on Google maps.... just put in the coordinates: N 10 32.701 W 85 42.865 and you'll see our building and the road to both the beach and the town. More of all that later.
Ney and Yeral stopped by shortly after noon to take us into town. We had to do some serious grocery shopping.
Yikes! Our groceries came to $145,414.00!
That's the receipt on the left and the total on the right.
Well, we did have to buy everything from dishwashing and laundry detergent to toilet paper and paper towels... and all the staples that it takes to "furnish" a kitchen.
But the Costa Rican money is Colones and I checked on our Discover card when we got home and the total American dollars came to $291.56. I know that's not cheap, but anyone who shops these days knows it's expensive to outfit a kitchen.
Vegetables and fruits are usually sold by the kilo.... even the avocados I bought are sold that way.
This package of mixed veggies included some various squash, carrots, and I don't know what those long light green things are in the upper left. They kind of look like corn husks on the outside and okra on the inside. I sliced them up and sauteed them... but the husk like part was too tough to eat.
Chicken (sorry, George... no Weber grill here) and mixed veggies. Our dinner last night.
I'm sure I'll be experimenting with all kinds of foods... we seldom eat out, and the grocery stores are such fun to wander around in.
The following photos are ones I took from our front "step" this morning...
A flock of parrots fly across the valley into this dead tree about 300' from our condo. I haven't gotten a positive ID, but we think it's probably a White-fronted parrot. The blue head and white above the bill.... and while not visible here, red around the eyes. There aren't a whole lot of different species of parrots here in this area, but I'm sure we'll get a closer view soon.
Across the valley we can see a lot of different kinds of trees... some are in flower...
This tree is about a half mile away...
There is so much vegetation that it will take us a long time to ID things.
We heard the kiskadees before we saw them this morning...
These were in that dead tree across the road....
As Carolyn mentioned, the Social flycatcher is also here in this area, but one big difference is the size of the bill... as well as the birds 6" length.
Kind of hard to see the 9" size of the birds above, but no mistaking that "Kiskadee" call.
We're going to head out on a walk soon... got to start exploring what's around us.
So, with camera and binoculars in hand.... we'll soon be off.
That's All For Today!