Costa Rica, 8/2021 – San Rafael de Guatuso

Visited an indigenous community with Samual.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – San Rafael – Samuel & Miriam

Samuel and Miriam are pastors with the Lutheran Church and also caretakers for an NGO focused on assisting migrants. I traveled extensively with Samuel and they invited me to stay with them for a couple of days. Wonderful friends.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – San Julian & El Jardin

Two little communities in the middle of the banana plantations. Attended services in both little communities. Wonderful people.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – Quitirrisi

Had a wonderful opportunity to join an indigenous youth Lutheran celebration. What a blast. Played soccer with the kids and pastors, ate wonderful indigenous food (I am vegan but all the food had meat in it and I happily joined in), and listened to music and services. One of the highlights of my trip. Note I was almost 69 and was a bit old to be playing soccer but I had fun anyway.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – Providencia, Copey de Dota

This was hours to get to on very bad roads but the result was amazing. It is in the middle of the mountains and produces some of the finest coffee in the world. Enrique and Ana and their grand daughter were wonderful.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – La Sole

This little Lutheran community met in a home every Sunday. What a fun and warm community of people. Samual gave a brief service and then we had an entertainer sing for us.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – Grecia

I had seriously considered Grecia as a possible place to retire. However I soon changed my mind. Interesting but not for me. Did have a great time going to the open air market with a friend from the church.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – Chilamate

With pastor Samual on a trip to a series of small parishes. There were no people to visit so captured where we went via map. Nothing to take pictures of.

Costa Rica, 8/2021 – Cartago – Valcan Irazu

This was the most touristy place I went with my guides. It was not at all crowded as we got there early in the morning. The biggest problem, was trying to figure out how to pay. We finally figured it out and proceeded. Beautiful views.