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First Lady of the Revolution: The Henrietta Boggs Story

First Lady of the Revolution: The Henrietta Boggs Story

Q COSTA RICA  – While visiting an aunt and uncle in the exotic countryside of Costa Rica, a young Southern Belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a charismatic local farmer. That ride would propel her into history-literally. Henrietta Boggs (b. 1918), originally from Birmingham, Alabama fell in […]

Move Over Pops, There’s Competition

Move Over Pops, There’s Competition

Q COSTA RICA – For, well the longest time ever, almost five decades, Pops was alone in the Costa Rica ice cream parlor business. Although in 2012 the company was bought out by the Colombian company, Nutresa, for a reported US$110 million dollars, for Costa Ricans the name Pops continues to be synonymous with quality […]

Grecia is Rising to End Violence against Women

Grecia is Rising to End Violence against Women

Q COSTA RICA,  Grecia, Alajuela – The United Nations has declared Wednesday, March 8, 2017, International Women’s Day. This is a day to reflect on progress made, call for change and end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls around the world. A 2016 report, released by Costa Rica’s Social Security System […]

Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the world

Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the world

(Q24N) Humans like to think that they rule the planet and are hard wired to do so. But our stewardship has been anything but successful. The last major extinction event, 66 million years ago, was caused by a meteorite. But the next mass extinction event, which is under way right now, is our fault. Geologists […]

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 […]

President Solis Serenades La La Land’s Emma Stone To Visit Costa Rica

President Solis Serenades La La Land’s Emma Stone To Visit Costa Rica

COSTA RICA EXTRA – In October 2016, oscar winning actress said Emma Stone told Vogue magazine she would like to visit Costa Rica. This week, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis used his Facebook profile to personally invite the La La Land actress to vacation in his homeland. In the video, recorded in English, speaking […]

Bikini-Clad Hilary Duff in Costa Rica Tropical Getaway (Photos)

Bikini-Clad Hilary Duff in Costa Rica Tropical Getaway (Photos)

COSTA RICA EXTRA – Hilary Duff, 29,  in a s tunning in white bikini bottoms and a matching tank top tied up tight to show off her rock-hard abs, spent a sunny Valentine’s Day in Costa Rica with new beau Matthew Koma and didn’t give a sh*t about being photographed, “canoodling” as one gossip rag put […]

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

RICO’S JOURNAL – Watching this video brought back memories of my recent trip to Cuba. I didn’t try the two Marta’s pizza, however, I did at a food stand near  the apartment I was staying in the Vedado neighborhood, some 10 blocks from the fancy tourist hotels and the malecon. Nothing special in presentation, both […]

Costa Rica Green Coffee Inspired Chanel’s Blue Serum

Costa Rica Green Coffee Inspired Chanel’s Blue Serum

Q COSTA RICA – Inspired by the notion of longevity led Chanel’s research and technology team to study the Blue Zones of the world, those with the largest population of centenarians in good health, regions where people live longer. Chanel’s Blue Serum harnesses powerful active ingredients, incorporating active ingredients derived from the green coffee of […]