Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Lava slab sidewalk

Posting from the phone doesn’t work as seamlessly as I’d hoped.

Bike stories

It was my last day of work in Costa Rica yesterday, and while surfing around, I found a couple of stories that include bike themes. One is in Vanity Fair and features Arnold Schwarznegger tearing around Santa Monica on his bike, reminiscing. It’s mostly about California’s economic decline and has an almost upbeat ending. The other is in the New Yorker and takes place in Africa, where the economy is in even worse shape, but a bike will take you far.

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/11/michael-lewis-201111

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/07/11/110711fa_fact_gourevitch?currentPage=allg

The photo is of the historic lava slab sidewalk, ubiquitous in the Costa Rican central valley towns. I’m including it just because I had a photo of it before, but now I have a better camera.

Farewell Costa Rica

I’m coming north at the end of this month, thinking I should start posting again. It’s been a while … Here’s a sunset from Jacó on the Pacific, my first post from my phone. Looking forwatd to taxiing again.

I designed and built a small acoustic/electric guitar. I offer the plans free to aspiring guitar builders.

If you want to try making a guitar like this out of wood, you can download the plans free at etribe. com. Let me know how it goes. Leave a comment, send a photo.

Blender 3D guitar model render

etribe travel guitar 3D Blender render: model included with plans

I plan to add more pictures of guitars built by people who got the plans and followed through. Stay tuned.

Heredia, Alajuela

Here are a few blurry snapshots taken with the cheap, obsolete phone:

Alajuela Volcanic Sidewalk

Alajuela Volcanic Sidewalk

Many of the sidewalks in the old parts of the cities here are made with nicely finished slices of lava from the surrounding volcanoes.

Old Jail, downtown Alajuela

Old Jail, downtown Alajuela

At the end of a warm day, the sun was setting at the end of the street, blinding my phone. Same sidewalk as above. The old jail seems to be made of thick iron, with stern cross-shaped gun slits on the corner turrets.

Parking lot of my work in Heredia
Parking lot of my work in Heredia
Blurry shot from the bus?

From the bus

Pitahaya

I’d seen this odd looking fruit in the grocery store a few times and was intrigued. It looked like a cross between a pineapple and an entire branch of bananas. Ileana said she’d tried it once and it wasn’t good, but eventually, we asked the produce guy and he said it was good. The ones on display that evening looked nice and ripe, and the grocer confirmed it.

Pitahaya fruit

Pitahaya fruit

We took it home and cut it in half. Inside was translucent with a bunch of little seeds, like black sesame seeds but more crunchy and less oily.

Pitahaya inside

Pitahaya inside

We scooped it out with a spoon and ate it. It was really good, sweet like a berry or a kiwi, but with much less acidity.

Then, today, Boing Boing had an article about something really similar:
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/29/taste-test-dragon-fr.html

Their review wasn’t so great, said the flavor was bland, but you know how difficult it is to get really good fruit. You have be in the right season at the right time.

We have just arrived in cantaloupe season here now. Finally!

Pictures of the Sky

Yellow sky, pink clouds

Yellow sky, pink clouds - Heredia, Costa Rica

A reader commented that this is an awesome photo, and I guess it is, for a dinky 640×480 phone picture. What was really awesome was being at the hair salon near Palacio de Deportes waiting for Ily’s six hour hair appointment to end, and seeing this amazing light out in the street. I bolted out the door and the whole street was filled with radiant pink-orange luminescence as the sun went down over Alajuela to the west. In the east was this perfect wash of glowing pastel yellow. I’d never seen anything like it in my whole life.

The best place to see the sky is a block from our apartment at Parque Embarazada, Pregnant Park (not its “official” name, just what everyone calls it). Ily says it used to be very romantic, with lots of trees and little private spaces, hence the name. Lots of girls used to get pregnant there, or so goes the story. Then the city cut down the trees and it’s not so romantic anymore. But still, there are kids kissing on the benches. There is a good view to the south and west. We sat and watched lightning flash over the mountains above Escazú for awhile not too long ago.

Parque Embarazada, Heredia, Costa Rica

Parque Embarazada, Heredia, Costa Rica

Parque Embarazada, Heredia, Costa Rica

Parque Embarazada, Heredia, Costa Rica

Parque Embarazada, Heredia, Costa Rica

Parque Embarazada, Heredia, Costa Rica