Costa Rica is blessed with abundant natural beauty and is the nicest country so far with being developed , clean and not poor. I still like Nicaragua better even though it is very dry and brown there from the drought. I guess I like being about to go out to dinner and take whatever tours we want without busting the budget. If you are only on vacation for a week it's not a big deal to spend $40 on a meal for the family, when you are traveling long term spending that much on a simple meal is prohibitive. Groceries are more expensive than what we are used to back home. I love the vibrant flowers, intense green and butterflies here. What is it about the tropics? Even if it is mostly cloudy, it is still not dreary. The sky is a ever changing palette of clouds and blue sky.
How is homeschooling going? We get some push back from Sierra that makes it difficult. We have challenges with finding a good cool space to study. Today we have a beautiful spot near the pool but we have to brush bugs off ourselves and our books as we work. We all love that we can do what we want. Some days Sierra wants to work on science. Today she wants to finish her third grade workbook, do some addition with the game of Uno, and play scrabble. Not a hard core curriculum but good enough. Trying to keep it fun. We only study about an hour and a half a day. On travel days or if we don't have a table we just skip it. Mostly we stay at places for at least three days to a week so we have a chance to settle in and get to know the area.
|Our first evening in Samara was overcast|
|Homeschooling with the kids, we try to mix games with studying|
|Thousands of crabs scurry along the beach during low tide, the kids are playing with this one.|
|Very few people at the beaches to listen to all the howlers monkeys in the jungle.|
|Sierra and Zoe have developed into very good snorkelers.|
|Children enjoy walks on the beach as much as any adult.|