Freight Train № 2

You’d think we’d have learned our lesson. You’d think we’d have put it together by now that freight trains in Costa Rica don’t sound like those cute train whistles or Thomas. Or even real freight trains. They sound unremarkably like 18...

The Engagement

Engagement is defined as “A promise or agreement to be at a particular place at a particular time.” It’s also defined as “A battle.” Our lunch date with Alice and Tim, when they finally got to the restaurant, was LOVELY. Getting there was...

Fuel for Thought

This is a common sight in Costa Rica. You are stopped behind a bus or a truck, the light changes, they take off and you choke. Exhaust fumes make it pretty much impossible to drive with your windows open. Diesel is cheap and an engine that lives on diesel lives...

18 Wheels For Beginners

There was a little news item in La Nacion this morning that caught our eyes. When I discovered the driving age here is 18, I was so relieved. Whew! But it turns out, once you are 18, you can get behind the wheel of almost anything, including a big rig. One of the...

Driving Lessons

Since Mo turned 15, there has been much talk of getting a learner’s permit. In Costa Rica, the driving age is 18 so parents here have awhile to face this. But if Mo wants, he can get a learner’s permit in the states and drive here with it, I guess…...