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Costa Rica, An Independent Nation Since 1821!

20160915_095936September 15th is the day Costa Rica celebrates its independence! Costa Rica has no army since 1948, and it has been said our army are our students and their training camps are the classrooms. September 15th is the day those armies go out on the street to march for their countries freedom! But it looks a bit different than what marching armies might look like in other places.

Do you want to know how that looks? Well, images tell it better than words sometimes… So, sit back, relax and enjoy the Costa Rican Independence parade!

 

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Elementary Schools marching through the main streets in Liberia

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Hundreds of Costa Rican flags were seen out in the parade!

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Little school girls accompanying their school band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This little ones give it all to represent their school properly!

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The national colors, white, red and blue were everywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girls wearing the traditional Costa Rican dresses, very colorful by the way!

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Don’t think it’s easy to get those skirts to move like that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did we mention Costa Rican flags were everywhere?

 

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Pretty much every band has a different and colorful uniform for this special event.

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Flags, flags, and more flags!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Highschool kids also have their participation in the national party!

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These guys made it all the way from Panama to Guanacaste to celebrate with the Ticos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We can guarantee you will not grow tired of the marching bands!

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We told you there were enough flags, but we forgot to tell you these guys are normally the best students from each school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some bands take it to the next level!

 

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This young ladies do a fun job with those flags.

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We promise it, every band is different!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Instituto de Guanacaste, historically, one of the best bands in the country!

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Sax! A nice and fun addition to any band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alumni! This celebration of peace and freedom is for everyone!

 

24/7 Medical Clinic in Playas del Coco to Make Your Vacation Safer

clinicWhen you think about vacationing in Costa Rica, most likely you are not thinking about medical issues and doctors. However, you might be one of those people who like to have everything well planned for and all details covered. May be you have a medical condition that requires for you to have a physician at hand. Those may be important details that are keeping you away from taking that dreamed vacation in Costa Rica.

Well, now that should not be a problem in planning your next trip to paradise. If you decide to come to Playas del Coco, we have a solution for you! Dr. Alejandra Mendez Rodriguez and her medical assitant and partner José Conejo have a Medical Assitance Clinic open 24/7 in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste.

They do speak English and Spanish, so language will not be a problem if you need their help and assistance. Among the services offered, you can have access to general medical services, as well as surgery services. The clinic has all the basic equipment necessary for an emergency. They also have access to the defibrillator located at the nearby JOCIMES Secury office in North Coco.

In case you have a medical condition, which needs to be taken care while on vacation, it will be a good idea to meet with the Dr. upon your arrival. Bring her a summary of your medications, medical conditions and issues, location of where you are staying and your phone number if you have a Costa Rican temporary cell phone or are carrying your U.S. cell phone.   It is also prudent for part time foreign residents with medical problems to do the same thing.  If residents have elderly friends or family visiting, check with them regarding any medical conditions or medications they are on.  If they will be spending any time in Playas del Coco area it would be a good idea to have them meet with the doctor.  She can also check ahead of time to see if our local pharmacies have their medication in case they run out or lose/damage their medications while traveling.mapclinic

As part of their community involvement, Dr. Mendez and her partner are hoping to participate in local programs like Cardio Safe Community Project, assiting Dr. Hanzel Larios with CPR classes, and reaching out to the community to encourage public service providers like police officers to take those classes.

The clinic is located in North Playas del Coco, Las Palmas, directly behing the Pueblito restaurant center, where
Dolce Vita Restaurant is located; take the anchor boulevard to the first road to the right (50 meters).

You can also contact them by phone: (506) 8808-8111 for Dr. Mendez and 8382-1815 for José Conejo, or by email: alitass@gmail.com and conejo.ig@gmail.com.

If you are a full time resident in the Coco area, drop by their office to see where they are located and meet them!   They welcome visitors and are happy to setup initial consultation meetings. They will make house calls on an “on need basis” or medical emergency.

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Costa Rica´s Peninsula Papagayo Project, Including the Four Seasons Resort, Acquired by Gencom Affiliate

Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica is one of the best tourist destination in Latin America, no doubt about it. As announced last month by Business Wire (www.businesswire.com), Gencom Affiliate has acquired the 1,400-acre luxury master development in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The amount of the transaction was no disclosed.

Besides the award winning Four Seasons Papagayo, the Peninsula Papagayo project includes an 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course and club house, the 180-slip Marina Papagayo, and the Prieta Beach Club, all of them known for the luxury services they offered. Also, providing jobs to over 700 employees. Business Wire also indicates that the Four Seasons Papagayo has been ranked as the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Resort in Latin America.

One of the goals through this acquisition is to renovate the project. Gencom is partnering with a local developer, Sinergo Development Group, for the initial renovation, including the Four Seasons Resort, and also the development of future phases. Alongside these two corporations, Costa Rican firm Zurcher Arquitectos and US firm Meyer Davis will also be working on the project for renovation and interior design.

The original ownership of the Papagayo Peninsula project, had started a local nonprofit organization, Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together). This nonprofit was showing support to the surrounding communities by helping out local high and elementary schools with educational initiatives and preventive healthcare campaigns. Gencom is planning to invest and continue working on these projects and supporting the nonprofit organization, which is great news to those who were benefiting from the program.

Also, it is expected that the renovation of the project and the construction and development of new phases, will create jobs in Guanacaste, will increase the amount of tourist visiting the area, and will develop luxury residential real estate projects within the Peninsula.

La Sele Is One Step Closer to FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Image result for la seleSoccer -Futbol- is the passion of the Ticos, there is no doubt about it. When La Sele (the National Team) plays, the country goes wild. This last Friday, September 3rd, Costa Rica had an important game in Haiti.

La Sele is seeded in Group B of the 4th round of the CONCACAF (North and Central America and all the Caribbean islands) qualifiers with Panama, Haiti and Jamaica. Costa Rica came to this Friday´s game needed only 1 point to advance to next round, with two games left to finish the round – one against Haiti and one against Panama).

The scenario for the Ticos looked good and everyone was confident Costa Rica was going to be present in the next and final round before the World Cup. The game was boring. Haiti has raised his playing level a lot, but still the game did not offer any excitement. The Ticos were happy with an even score because that would give them the point they needed, so there was no need to risk an injury or another difficult situation.

The first half finished with a 0-0 on the board. The second half was no different. However, in the middle of the half, Randall Azofeifa caught a rebound outside and box, and kicked it hard into the net, in what turned out to be an amazing goal; nothing the Haitian goal keeper could do despite the good game he had. This goal was enough for La Sele to win the game and win the three points from the game.

Now, La Sele will join Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago in the next round. Two more spots are available and the last two qualified teams will be decided Tuesday when the final round of this staged is played. The teams with the best chances to advance are Honduras and Canada, who will play each other; and the US, Guatemala still has a mathematical chance but it is almost impossible that they will advance.

Costa Rica will be facing Panama in San Jose, in a game that will decide who advances first and who advances second in Group B.

La Sele has given the Ticos another chance to celebrate and enjoy. Costa Rica goes wild when La Sele plays and wins, and the best stage of the qualifiers is about to begin, in November 2016.

Coopetico – A Local Taxi Union – Is to Launch App for Its Customers

taxicrcIn what we believe to be a move against UBER Costa Rica, Coopetico – a local taxi union out of San José – has decided to launch an app to improve its costumer service. The group announced this week that the app will be ready in two weeks and that it will help consumers request taxi services from the location they are, they could even a Tico direction and the drivers will know how to get there (we might have to write an article about a Tico direction sometime in the near future, it is actually amusing).

Coopetico has been working on the app for over a year. Phase one of the project was to test to separate platforms and making the necessary adjustments to come up with a better alternative for taxi users and drivers. The user will also be able to pay for its service with cash or debit or credit card.

Once the user request the service, he will receive confirmation containing the name of the taxi owner and a phone number to contact the owner in case there is a problem with the service or a delay with the arrival of the taxi.

The app was developed by the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH), and will be only available for iOS users. No android version yet. Coopetico informed that they are also offering customer service training to taxi drivers to improve the services they offer to the final consumer.

There has been much complain from the taxi drivers and owners about UBER. However, this move from the taxi group is proving that healthy competition produces better services. Taxi users in Costa Rica would have never dreamed of having apps like this or better services in Costa Rica. It looks lik, but is also helping the consumers of taxi services who won´t be using UBER.

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