Costa Rica: Day 3

New year’s day was nice and relaxing. Friends of Brandon & Jennifer came by to visit and share what they’d learned about the process for gaining residency and the various hoop jumping necessary to prepare for the birth of the baby in June. The Engelhardts are really great people and we enjoyed some very interesting conversation. I’m glad I got to meet them.

I also took photos of them for their newborns birth announcement for their family in Holland.

And here are the lovely Pearce ladies in the garden.

We went out for an early dinner at a wonderful little open air restaurant just down the street – Monte Companas.

I experienced my first Costa Rican mixed fruit drink here – and it was delicious. This was peach, mango, papaya and starfruit. And I think it was only about $2.

I was lost looking at the menu (in Spanish), so just took Jen’s recommendation for a traditional Costa Rican meal – Arroz con pollo – rice with chicken. It was served with french fries (which seemed a bit odd) and steamed vegetables. It was very, very good – something I’d order again. I was so eager to eat it I forgot to snap a photo first. Sorry.

The food is only one of the great things about this restaurant. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere comfortable and inviting, and the prices very reasonable. They also have a playground for the girls (making it a great “date night” restaurant for Brandon & Jennifer), and an absolutely incredible view.

I give it 4 clams.

I’ll leave you with a couple of scenic photos I took on the way to dinner. You can click them to enlarge a bit. These were taken from the same place in the road – one shot to the southwest, the other to the southeast. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, isn’t it?

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Brandon on January 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Such beautiful pictures, Mom! You make Costa Rica proud! That visit with Yuri’s family was fun, and the dinner at Monte Companas was great. I can’t wait to see the rest of your posts. So much to write about! :)


Jennifer on January 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

You are so good at capturing beauty in your photos. I will really miss that little treasure of a restaurant when we move in a couple months.


Kristin on January 6th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I want to be there!!


Robert on January 7th, 2011 at 7:33 am

I read recently that the UN listed the countries by order of the happiness of the citizens…. I can’t remember the exact ranking, but Costa Rica, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway and Canada were the top 5….


Michelle on January 7th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Yea! Another update! Gorgeous photos, I especially liked the one of Brandon and Jen, such a beautiful couple.


paul on January 7th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

That picture of Brandon and Jen is really nice. Good looking couple. I still like Brandons beard. It sounds like your having my type of vacation. Low key no preasure, hanging out and experiencing what the locals do. I’m jealous. Not to mention family fun. Have a great time and keep the pictures comming..


Jana on January 8th, 2011 at 9:46 am

Wow, great pictures! Beautiful subjects and scenery. Sounds like you’re having a delightful time!


Ashley on January 8th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Wow… VERY beautiful. And your photography skills capture the beauty so well.
And I love the pics of everyone. They all look so great! :)

(I am already drooling over that peach/mango/papaya/starfruit drink.)


Emily on January 13th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I like that comment. I ame happy thate you are in costa rica.


Irene on January 14th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I LOVE your blog. You make it so that I’m ALMOST there with you. The country sounds and looks really beautiful. The pictures are incredible. Oh the pictures of the girls and your comments … priceless. I can hardly wait for your next blog. Love you all.


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