Thanksgiving, 2008 in Costa Rica

This is our first Thanksgiving out of the country.  Since Thanksgiving is a US holiday, and is not celebrated in Costa Rica, we had school today.  But Diane had the great idea of just getting a few families together to have dinner after school, beginning at 1:00.  Since none of us had a house big enough, we looked for a place to rent.  We found a local place for $10 per hour, so we agreed to do it.  Well, the word got out, and we also found out about people who had no other plans, and before we knew it, there were about 80 people, including kids, who were signed up to come.

We went over and set up the night before.

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Since turkey is so expensive ($40 to $75 per bird), we opted for chicken.  There is a place nearby that makes a great roasted chicken, so we ordered 20 of them to be delivered.  Most deliveries here are done on motorcycles, and the delivery person had to make four trips of five birds each to get them to us.

Delivery on the back of a motorcycle
Delivery on the back of a motorcycle

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Five chickens per foil pan = five trips
Five chickens per foil pan = four trips

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Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and we all got plenty to eat.  What a blessing!

The food table, after the first round
The food table, after the first round

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"Cold" – A Relative Term

My (Steve’s) dad lives in Florida in the winter.  I remember various times talking with him and asking about the weather.  He’d tell me that it was really cold – it had gotten into the 50’s!  I remember sitting there in Maine in the 10 degree weather and thinking, that’s not even close to being cold.

Now, we are in Costa Rica.  And the wind is blowing and it got into the 50’s here last night.  With no heat in the houses here, that means low 60’s inside.  And you guessed it, we’re feeling a bit cold.  I know, no sympathy from the northern folks.  That’s ok.  Even though there is no heat and you can’t close the windows completely, we have sweaters and blankets so we’re surviving just fine.  And in a couple of days it will be back in the 70’s and 80’s.  But I have a new understanding of my Dad’s point of view.  Yes, “cold” is a relative term.

Baptism in Atenas

We had one of the best days we’ve had since arriving in Costa Rica. We went with our local church to a baptism at Camp Brittney in the town of Atenas, a little over an hour from here. The area reminded us of home, with a river, some cows, and even some dead leaves on the ground.

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There was a bridge over the river to where the cows were. Diane got stuck 🙂, and I had to go rescue her. We figured out a little later that the reason it was so narrow was to prevent the cows from crossing the river.

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Several people were baptized. One of them was named Jesus, a common name in Latin America. The Pastor said it made him think of John the Baptist, baptizing Jesus.

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After the baptism, we spent some time in the pool with new friends.

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On the way back, we went the long way, on several windy curvy roads, and were able to see some of the beautiful scenery here.