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New cabins keep dotting the Monte Verde hillsides with the one in this issue belonging to Yamil and his wife. As it always goes they bought and built because a friend did and they wanted to be beside them on weekends.

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Recently I watched a documentary of the China wall. As I watched this film I became frustrated again with this nagging question that for the most part I try to archive, but that again this morning gets me out of bed at 2:30 a.m.  
Someday I hope to go see the China Wall for myself but for now I'll have to satisfy my curiosity with what others have to say about it BECAUSE I am not a man of power.

I don't want you to think that I am complaining by what I am writing in this article because I am very grateful for the abundant life that God has given me through Jesus Christ.

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Buying meat in Costa Rica can be like a lottery – unless one has a trusted “carnicero” (butcher) there is always doubt whether the meat will be tender and succulent or tough as shoe leather, hence the nickname “mystery meat” – especially when buying from a pulpería.

Whether or not meat is tender and tasty, or tough with an off flavor is determined by several important factors. Genetics, the particular breed of the animal, is not necessarily a major factor. More important is the age of the animal when sacrificed; the older the animal is, the less tender. This is because the gristle (collogen) connective tissue becomes thicker and harder in an older animal.

 

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There is a lot of positive change happening this year on several different levels here in southern C.R.

And of course for us to have the goal of 2 new houses getting built in Santiago Springs hopefully yet by the end of this year is part of that positive change.

Ramon Valverde a civil engineer from San Jose who was traveling through the region in recent months and literally fell in love with Santiago Springs and is looking forward to building his dream home in the mountain.

Mr. Ramon is very excited about his plans in southern Costa Rica and it tends to rub off on others he is with. This past Sunday the community of Santiago had another “cabalgata” (horse parade) and Ramon donated 3 expensive saddles for the prizes at the end of the parade.

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Recently I read about the new international airport in southern Costa Rica in the local paper that I picked up at the bank. For some reason it seems more trustworthy than if I would read it on some developers' (like mine) website. Although this type of news interests me in any place I might find it, I thought it was especially interesting to read about the locals 'positive attitude about it. There are some national publications that say the people in the south don't want an airport and I couldn't believe how dense you would have to be to turn down a real development possibility like this! 
The ENLACE paper goes on to say that a Spanish company has been awarded the contract to do the environmental studies on the proposed airport and should have the studies complete in nine months, except for the aviary study which will take 14 months as they have to observe an entire migration cycle. Hmmm, I guess they are supposedly being very thorough!  
Also, all local municipalities have a large glass bulletin board of the different community projects ICE is doing to win approval on the social level for the Diquis project. These bulletin boards of course are all pro-Diquis and I have no way of verifying whether the info on there is bias or no, but according to local information it seems as though the environmental studies are soon to be complete.

Sir Winston ChurchillSuccess is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Albert EinsteinTry not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

Sir Winston Churchill, We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.


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