One of the things John and I love most about traveling is meeting new people and Costa Rica is wonderful for that. We have met some amazing folks here in Playas del Coco. The Ticos that we meet in town are happy and helpful and always with a smile; Alfonso, the cashier at the Auto Mercado, who helps us find the items we need, Misael, the taxi driver who takes us home and helps with the grocery bags, Nareer the pool boy who loves to chat, Rafa who speaks very little English but always eager to help. Rafael, David and Freddie, the guys on the fishing boat who work their butts off to ensure we have a good time. These are just a few of our new friends. Even with the little Spanish that we speak we are able to communicate and get along here.
We are also very lucky to have some amazing neighbours. A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to dinner and had a marvelous time. Vera, Vic and the inscrutable Domenic were hosting. They have had a condo here since it was first built in 2005. Vera’s friend Tommy, from San Diego was in San Jose and flew into Coco for a couple of days. The dinner was great, starting with a tomato bruchetta. It was nice, light and refreshing with slices of tomato, salami, red onion, feta cheese and drizzled with a balsamic dressing. This will definitely be on our menu sometime soon.
Dinner was fettucine with clams and camaróns (shrimp) in a white wine sauce served with caesar salad and garlic bread. I think Vera mentioned she smuggled in the clams from San Diego and bought the shrimp locally. It’s interesting to hear folks here talk about smuggling goods into Costa Rica. Everyone seems to do it without any qualms. It reminds me of John’s mum who used to smuggle all sorts from Sault Michigan thinking nobody would stop a little old lady.
We managed to get a shot of everyone at the table but neglected to get pics of the food. Sorry about that. Too much vina and not enough concentration.
Vera and Vic are wonderful hosts and very gracious folk.