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Alcohol and Caffeine, Two Drugs that Have Shaped Human Civilization

Alcohol and Caffeine, Two Drugs that Have Shaped Human Civilization

(Q24N) No two drugs have defined human civilization the way alcohol and caffeine have. Nature created both to kill creatures much smaller than us — plants evolved caffeine to poison insect predators, and yeasts produce ethanol to destroy competing microbes. The desire for a stable supply of alcohol could have motivated the beginnings of agriculture and non-nomadic civilization. True […]

People In Search of Recreation In The GAM Are Condemned To Malls

People In Search of Recreation In The GAM Are Condemned To Malls

Q COSTA RICA – Guillermo Carazo, president of the Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción (Costa Rican Chamber of Construction), says when planning cities, a vital theme is to leave space for green areas and parks where people can enjoy and share. But, that has been greatly ignored or poorly executed in the urban development of […]

The National Theater of Costa Rica, The Nation’s Cultural Treasure

The National Theater of Costa Rica, The Nation’s Cultural Treasure

Q COSTA RICA, by Michael Miller – If you ask the average Costa Rican, what feature of San José is he or she most proud, you will get two possible answers. Some will point to the national football (soccer) stadium, which is located in Sabana Park, about two miles west of the Downtown area. Others […]

How Many Languages does Costa Rica Speak?

How Many Languages does Costa Rica Speak?

Costa Rica’s official and predominant language is Spanish*. The variety spoken is Costa Rican Spanish, is a form of Central American Spanish. A Creole-English language, Jamaican patois (also known as Mekatelyu), is spoken along the Caribbean coast. About 10.7% of Costa Rica’s adult population (18 or older) also speaks English, 0.7% French, and 0.3% speaks […]

Christmas In San Jose Starts Friday!

Christmas In San Jose Starts Friday!

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The capital city will kick off the Christmas 2016 season on Friday, December 2 with a series of free holiday events for the entire family. The 2016 Christmas in San Jose kicks off at the newly renovated Plaza de la Cultura, that includes the lighting of the Capital ceremony, an activity […]

Boo! Feliz Halloween

Boo! Feliz Halloween

(QCOSTARICA) Although most of the parties around town were on Friday and Saturday, today, October 31 is Halloween (Noche de Brujas in Spanish). What can you expect around town today and tonight? Not much. Halloween is relatively new to Costa Rica. It is unlikely you will find children in costumes and little of the trick-or-treating […]

Ivette Cepeda to Celebrate Cuba’s Cultural Week in Costa Rica

Ivette Cepeda to Celebrate Cuba’s Cultural Week in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Cuban singer Ivette Cepeda will perform in San Jose and in Puntarenas as part of the celebrations for the Cuban Culture, which started Tuesday in Costa Rica. The renowned singer arrived Sunday in San Jose accompanied by the musical group Reflexion. She will be responsible for the opening of the week of celebrations with […]

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Feed the Monkeys

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Feed the Monkeys

Before moving to Costa Rica, I had no idea that feeding monkeys was harmful. Or that their main diet didn’t consist of grubbing on bananas all day. Fortunately, the Kids Saving the Rainforest organization set me straight. Founded by two young girls, this amazing nonprofit wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica is protecting not only the rainforest but the […]

My Parents and I Don’t Speak The Same Language

My Parents and I Don’t Speak The Same Language

“If you’re going to speak in English, don’t speak at all,” my mother hissed at me before we headed out to the market. Prior to this pronouncement, we had made sure our outfits were appropriate: no jewelry, no purses with long straps, no clothing bearing logos. I was 9, and we were visiting relatives in […]

The Cartago Express Brings Weary Pilgrims Back to San José

The Cartago Express Brings Weary Pilgrims Back to San José

by Michael Miller – August 2 is the official day when faithful Catholics of Costa Rica (and nearby countries) journey, by the hundreds of thousands, to the city of Cartago, about 15 miles to the east of San José. They go to visit the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (Basilica of Our Lady […]

The “Gringoization” Of Costa Rica Spanish

The “Gringoization” Of Costa Rica Spanish

QCOSTARICA – The “Spanish of Costa Rica” is the form of the Spanish language spoken in Costa Rica. Despite its small territorial size, each province of Costa Rica has distinctive features in their speech, accent and phonetics. The province of Guanacaste (north) has a lot of influence from neighboring Nicaragua, Central Valley (Cartago, San José, […]

Legislator Proposes Father’s Day Be A Legal Holiday in Costa Rica

Legislator Proposes Father’s Day Be A Legal Holiday in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – There’s Mother’s Day and then there’s Father’s Day. In Costa Rica Mother’s Day is a legal holiday. It has its own day, August 15. Meanwhile Father’s Day, celebrated the third Sunday of June like in most other parts of the world, is not. But that may soon change. Rolando González, legislator for the […]

U.S. Volunteers Teach English In Costa Rica Schools and Colleges

U.S. Volunteers Teach English In Costa Rica Schools and Colleges

QCOSTARICA – About 37 young volunteers of the Peace Corps of the United States were sworn in on Wednesday by U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, Fitzgerald Haney, to teach English in various schools and colleges across the country over the next two years. The volunteers are professionals graduated in business administration, education, linguistics, psychology and […]

Costa Rica’s “Furry Caskets”

Costa Rica’s “Furry Caskets”

QLIFE – Found this post by Tica Macha of August 31, 2006 while surfing the Internet.  “Please, if I die in Costa Rica, DON’T let them bury me in one of those furry caskets! That’s the promise my girlfriend and I made each other when we passed this truck loaded with these five-foot furry caskets […]

A Typical Visit to the Farmacia Doctor in Costa Rica

A Typical Visit to the Farmacia Doctor in Costa Rica

QLIFE from A Dull Roar –  Here’s a simple, real-life story about how part of Costa Rica’s approach to healthcare works. It’s pretty typical in our experience. It’s too bad that the U.S., with its struggle to provide decent healthcare for its citizens, cannot adopt something along these lines. Nearly two weeks ago, all three […]

Its Time to Start Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

Its Time to Start Drinking Cold Brew Coffee

QCOSTARICA by Roberto Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Starting the day with a cup of coffee is routine for Ticos and for half of the world, but wrapping your hands around a hot cup of coffee while feeling the cool mountain air is not the same as doing so in the high temperatures of the Guanacaste coast. […]

Stone Walls A Part of History

Stone Walls A Part of History

QCOSTARICA byMitzi Stark – In sight of the busy highway on the way to Atenas and Jacó the remnants of an old stone wall can barely be seen from the windows of a car or bus this was once a very important part of the history of Costa Rica. This is the Old Customs Building. […]

“Paradise Tattoo Convention 2016” Until Tomorrow

“Paradise Tattoo Convention 2016” Until Tomorrow

QCOSTARICA – If you are into tattoos you can’t miss the “Paradise Tattoo Convention 2016” ongoing at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal, in Belen, until tomorrow. This is the 5th installment of the convention, characterized by a high attendance of international and national artists, and a great local tattoo scene which has always provided plenty […]

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