Costa Rica

Fun Times in the Big City

I realized something about myself (not for the first time) that the people I like the most are usually those that laugh at my jokes. What is even better is when you find people that can joke along.

We had the best time going to San Jose on Monday. Harry the bird guide, my aunt Lisa and I all drove listening to the radio cranked up. With the Spanish-speaking DJ, it was hard to understand what he was saying, Radio Disney.

Although I am not a huge fan of Maroon Five (it’s not that I don’t like them I just always tend to turn the channel when they come on), every time the song Sugar came on we would crank it up and sing at the top of our lungs.

I helped a company affiliated with Rancho to smooth over their booking process and Lisa picked up Rancho’s new HelpEx’er from the airport. Who also knew and loved (or at least sang) Sugar.

We went to the best Tex-Mex restaurant in Alajuela (maybe the best in Costa Rica…?). But the funny part was the juice we had for lunch was Guanabana. I said, “Wow that reminds me of the Muppets song.” To which this guy Kevin started singing it and pause for me to say “Gua-Nab-a-Na”. We were all laughing like crazy.

Trying to get out of Alajuela, we asked a guy on the corner for directions. He told us in English to take a right and go down three blocks. His polo shirt said, Dr. G.

We hung a right and went down 3 blocks in heavy traffic. Then we were trying to figure out what he said to do next. Dr. G stuck his head through the passenger side window and told us to hang another right go down 2 blocks and take a left.

It was so surreal that we had a human being as our personal navigation system.

We hit up the mall, which has a guard gate in front where you receive a parking card. As soon as we got the card the car’s transmission went out and we had to get up a hill. So now the car was out.

But the cheerful crew that we were it was just more jokes until the tow truck came. We hit the mall and waited for a taxi to pick us up. I joked with the new girl about how the barracks she will be staying in has a nice trough to eat from. After the delousing, she can go to her room where we just put out fresh hay and a nice warm burlap sack for her.

In other news, at night we chill out and let my son watch some videos on the iPad. What we just found out today was that he watches everything and knows how to log in himself. He is incredibly observant.

Also today my grandma and I made a loaf of amazing banana bread. I got permission and now, internet, I am sharing it with you.

Doña Kathy’s Banana Bread


  • A plate of Ripe Bananas (12ish)
  • 2 cups of Flour sifted
  • 1 tbsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of Kosher Salt
  • 1/8 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup of White Raw Sugar
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Honey
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Stick Melted Butter


Preheat Oven to 350° F. Spray Pam over 9″ x 13″ Pyrex Pan. Mash Bananas on Plate with Fork. Drizzle with Honey. Then mash that in. There should be no large chunks. Put eggs in mixer and beat until frothy. Sift flour and dry ingredients. Beating eggs on low, mix dry and wet ingredients. Pour over the pan. Put in oven top shelf for 1 hour. Start to watch for around 45 minutes. It should come away from the sides and a toothpick will come out clean.

Finally, if you haven’t seen our fake commercials for Costa Rica’s national treasure, Chiky cookies, check these out. Part 1 and Part 2

By Sam Watson

I'm pretty good at Microsoft Excel but a freak in Google Sheets.

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