Costa Rica Random

Sweet Granadilla

We had a late Thanksgiving this year, as we were waiting on my mom and aunt Lisa to come to Costa Rica. I am so used to all the work I would do before Black Friday that on Thanksgiving Day I had to be reminded and when we celebrated Thanksgiving last Sunday it just felt like a big meal. I would never have realized how much work tied into making the holidays seem special to me, but there it is.

It was nice to have Thanksgiving with this side of my family again and I really appreciated hanging out with my mom. To start the day, we would go on walks up the mountain, through the misty morning trails. 

We saw how they milked cows and they made the cheese we eat. From start to finish, it takes about five hours to make. It’s very similar to a Queso Fresco. I filmed some of it and plan on making a video. I also bought some more Chiky’s and plan on making another Chiky video.

My aunt Lisa told me about Duolingo and instead of choosing Spanish that might help me better interact with everyone around me, I have been working on learning Hawaiian.

There is so much life in this part of Costa Rica it is amazing. Almost every day, bird watchers from all over the world come to view the bushes outside my grandma’s window. Hummingbirds are constantly darting in and out of the bush and on the balcony outside my room. I have seen Agoutis come from out of the forest. They look like a rabbit with small ears or maybe a rat with no tail the size of a small dog. While walking to my cousin’s house we saw a beautiful Motmot perched on a clothesline.

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I am so happy that my son Dash and I have had this time together. When I was his age I spent the summer with my aunt Lisa here in Costa Rica and fell in love with the place. I developed a fondness for reading on rainy days and my love for nature. I can see how well he is doing here and it warms my heart.

My aunt brought home a german shepherd puppy this afternoon and Dash fell in love with it. It is going to be a tough guard dog but it’s still pretty sweet to see how they are as puppies.

If you have never tried it, check out the Sweet Granadilla. Here is my “unboxing video” of one. It looks weird, but as the video tells you multiple times, it is “super good”.

By Sam Watson

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Erika Lee Kline
Erika Lee Kline
2 years ago

How cool Dash is getting to experience all of this! I would be one of those bird watchers outside your Grandma’s window. And after your professional video introduction of the Granadilla, I’m sure my diet would include one of those every day, although the tentacles did kinda give me the heebeegeebees. Hope you enjoy learning the Hawaiian language, it seems like it wouldn’t be too hard! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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