Playa San Miguel in Guanacaste Province/Costa Rica is often described as one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Very little new construction has been allowed there, so the essence of its spirit remains intact. You’ll find no intrusive towering condos or gated communities, though the property owners and the municipality continue with years of dysfunction. The rules continue to change, and recently most of the (few) restaurants, hostals and hospitality-related businesses have been closed and/or ordered to be torn down because they were too close to the line or were not given permission for construction or did not have the correct concession. Unless one visits during the holiday season, they will experience the beauty of solitude. Continue reading
(ECUADOR) Yesterday I journeyed from Cruzita to Portoviejo for a final visit to the museum before next week’s opening reception of The Mola Series. Armed with WordPress’s newest photo challenge, I stepped onto the bus with anticipation of the many fleeting moments that were about cross my visual path. With camera in hand, I was ready to capture the photo opportunities that raced past my window! Continue reading
An astrologist might have warned me of a mystical alignment of stars and planets that would sprinkle magic stardust across this Cancer-the-Crab’s Saturday! The early-morning inbox confirmed that my European friends had been slaying the day’s dragons while I was still in dreamland. I pondered the humor of asking them, ‘Is it going to be a good day?’ as remnants of REM sleep evaporated from my dream-fogged brain. Continue reading
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Tipping out of Hostal Cruzita during the pre-dawn hours, I stopped for several photos on my way to the corner bus stop. A full day awaited me at the Cancebi Museo in Manta, Ecuador, where The Mola Series Exhibition entered its third week.
A lone rooster broke the serene stillness of the morning as he announced the arrival of the 5:20 bus to Manta. Although I anticipated meeting the Experience Ecuador group at the Manta airport in less than two hours, I would never have dreamed that the next two days would bring such an amazing and diverse group of people into my life!
Last week brought several delightful surprises; the first was a brilliant eclipse on ‘Carnival Sunday.’ I was painting outside and happened to look up and see the halo ringing the mid-day sun. Many others experienced the same unexpected show overhead, which might have been an omen of more torrential rains. It also might have been a good omen of unexpected guests! Continue reading
Tired and weary from five days of intense travel, I reached Cruzita, Ecuador with plans to touch base with the world via cyber cafe then literally crash at my friends’ HOSTAL CRUZITA. Fishermen dotted the beach while awaiting high tide, and artisans peddled their wares along the street. With blinders on, I raced to the cybercafe then hurried back to the hostal.
Later that evening, Raul and Gina urged me to join them for dinner, and we passed the artisans again. Though I was still numb from too much travel, a part of me noted the attentiveness of one of the artisans. Never one to sit back and hope for business, he postured to hopeful attention every time a potential client walked by.
Franklin is not your normal citizen of this planet! Continue reading