|Jay harvesting basil and other greens for ensalada|
Sarah is an excellent cook for Nosara's surfing school, Surf Simply, and makes good use of the organic produce from Jay's garden in her delicious menus.
|Sarah in her Costa Rica cocina|
While Monica, Clare, Sarah, and Jay all speak Spanish, Coleman's 12th grade Spanish hardly suffices; he relies on the others for translation, which is often. There is the Tico Times, though. It's the first English language newspaper in Costa Rica; going a long way to bridge the cultural and socio-economic differences between the local indigenous peoples and the gringos, an affluent American/European/Mediterranean mix of touristas and expatriates.
We're helping Monica with home renovation projects and repairs in exchange for an enjoyable and timely respite from years of community organizing. A special aspect of our visit has been the opportunity to meet and visit with many of the native-born "Ticos" who have lived here for generations.
Despite the overwhelming presence and impact of North American tourists and year-round residents that fill the restaurants, beaches and bars, that special feeling of "pura vida" continues to blow through it all, like the soft Pacific breeze carrying the scents of the season.
Reporting and photos by: Clare Hanrahan & Coleman Smith reporting from Casa de Rosada, 300 meters north of the Mini-Super in Costa Rica.