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February 26, 2010

Arenal

Filed under: Costa Rica 2010, Travel, Volcano tourism — anotherheader @ 5:55 pm

A coati--a member of the racoon family

With partial overcast, we were out in the morning to see the Volcan Arenal.  Continuing our counter clockwise loop around the base of the volcano that we started (more…)

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February 25, 2010

The Best Restaurant in the World?

Filed under: Food, The List, Travel, Wine — anotherheader @ 8:04 pm

Spider Crab with Jerusalem artichokes at Mugaritz

For a short period of time I’m in the unique position of being able to add our opinion to the debate on what is the best restaurant in the world.  I’ve now been to top five restaurants on the San Pellegrino 2009 list of the World’s Best Restaurants.  Four of (more…)

February 24, 2010

San Jose to Arenal

Filed under: Costa Rica 2010, Travel, Volcano tourism — anotherheader @ 5:57 pm

The view from the box seats at San Jose's Teatro National

We woke to the bright sun of a clear San Jose morning.  Painfully early, we moved out onto the streets for a short walking tour.

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Pacuare River

Filed under: Costa Rica 2010, Travel — anotherheader @ 1:29 am

Rafting Rio Pacuare

At 6:15 the next morning we stepped through San Jose’s muggy warm morning air into one of Costa Rica’s ubiquitous small white buses with a yellow “Turismo” sign affixed on the side.  The bus had come to the hotel to take us to our next adventure.  With a small (more…)

February 23, 2010

San Jose Arrival

Filed under: Costa Rica 2010, Travel — anotherheader @ 7:42 pm

Sabana Cementerio bus in the morning light of downtown San Jose

Saturday evening, after 7+ hours inside a couple of Airbus 319s, Becky and I arrived in Costa Rica.  We collected our bags and headed through immigration and customs.

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February 22, 2010

Costa Rica, Pura Vida

Filed under: Costa Rica 2010, The List, Travel, Volcano tourism — anotherheader @ 9:04 pm


With the pluck of a virtual finger and a mental whir, the needle that determines our travel destinations landed on Costa Rica.  Why Costa Rica?  Aside from the contrast of Costa Rica’s tropical climate to the February weather further north, it is hard to say.  Perhaps (more…)

February 4, 2010

SFBC’s Reid Brothers Bike Tour

Filed under: San Francisco, Travel — anotherheader @ 10:46 pm

Downtown San Francisco

The San Francisco Bike Coalition (SFBC) sponsors periodic bike oriented events in the city.   We’ve seen many of these rides publicized in the 96 Hours supplement to the Thursday Chronicle.  With a trip up to the city, we dropped in on one of SFBC’s recent tours.

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February 2, 2010

The List

Filed under: Food, MTB Travel, Space Invader, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage, Volcano tourism — anotherheader @ 11:48 pm

See the world

It could be argued that retiring before my 45th birthday has left me purposeless.  Is it true?  Who knows?  Retirement is better for me than going to work each day.  Working until retirement, when you don’t have to is for those who need someone else to define (more…)

Is Trumer Pils the best American made Pilsner-style beer?

Filed under: Food, San Francisco, Travel — anotherheader @ 8:13 am

Trumer Pils, in the bottle

Trumer Brauerei, Berkeley CA

I’m a big fan of the European style of pilsner beers.  Perhaps I shouldn’t share this, but there have been warm days in Germany (more…)

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