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Lydian – Day 19 – The Flying Tomato and Other Things…
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Lydian – Day 19 – The Flying Tomato and Other Things…

Day two in La Fortuna began with waking up at about eight o’clock in the morning, like the morning before, and preceding to get ready, without cockroaches, unlike the morning before. “Nathan” was going to take us to see some other rental properties in La Fortuna, along with an orphanage. I didn’t realize that we were going to see rental properties, so I was a little confused, but I was rather glad too… I ...
Grocery Stores and Food in Costa Rica — By Jennifer Shipp
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Grocery Stores and Food in Costa Rica — By Jennifer Shipp

We are not strict vegans. In fact, you couldn’t even say that we’re strict vegetarians. Our diet is based on what works for our health and basically it’s vegan + chicken. For many years, we were vegetarians who snarfed down large portions of cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products at every meal. Then, we learned the truth about milk and dairy products (that they’ll kill you—see the documentary Forks over ...
Dogs, Birds, Hamsters, and the Flying Tomato — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dogs, Birds, Hamsters, and the Flying Tomato — By Jennifer Shipp

The Flying Tomato was a restaurant that John really wanted to go to in La Fortuna. He was excited about it because it was the first real vegetarian restaurant that we'd found in Costa Rica that we'd be able to go to and that was featured at Happy Cow (an important online resource for vegans and vegetarians). It had excellent reviews and his expectations were very high.We had gone to the orphanage in La ...
Of Food and Classes — By Lydian Shipp
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Of Food and Classes — By Lydian Shipp

Today was an overall normal day. I did my homework, and my parents worked. At the end of the day, my mom found a place in Alajuela that apparently had belly dance classes, breakdance classes, Latin dance classes, Spanish classes, and a bunch of other stuff too. I was pretty excited to see this place, I mean, it was the first place we had found that had classes of any kind.So off we went to find this ...
Sick After Breakfast Smoothie — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sick After Breakfast Smoothie — By Jennifer Shipp

John made a “smoothie” tonight out of the oranges that we have growing in our backyard. These oranges are actually green and we had to look them up online to make sure they were indeed “oranges”. He squeezed the juice carefully and then he was going to use some bananas that I bought yesterday to add some substance to the much coveted “smoothie” tonight. Unfortunately, however, the “bananas” were plantains, ...
Scarcity Value — By Lydian Shipp
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Scarcity Value — By Lydian Shipp

Food variety, and food in general, is rather scarce these days.Plain potato chips and dry bread with honey are the two snack foods that we have in our house right now. Dinner consists of either beans and rice with hot sauce or pasta with vegetables. Oatmeal is for breakfast. Today, we added a rare (but plentiful) new food to our snack time. A CLIF bar! Mine was chocolate-mint flavored. So was my ...
All Right Turns and Serendipity Today — By Jennifer Shipp
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All Right Turns and Serendipity Today — By Jennifer Shipp

Today was mostly a very normal day.The plumber/handyman came to try to fix our shower with two other young men. This morning, of course, the water was somewhat warm when I showered. I even stood underneath it to wash my hair. The shower must’ve known that the handyman was coming.When he arrived he fiddled with the instant-on fixture quite haphazardly and it started a small fire inside and popped a ...
Pets, Walmart, and Other Things — By Lydian Shipp
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Pets, Walmart, and Other Things — By Lydian Shipp

This morning, as far as I knew, the original plan was to get up, work on my homework (work, in the case of my parents), work on some Spanish, eat lunch, work some more on my homework and on Spanish, maybe talk to my friends, play my guitar, and whatever else I could do.Well, that plan didn't work out.As we walked out the door, I had already anticipated that today would go by slowly, and at the end ...
Finding Food ‘n Stuff — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finding Food ‘n Stuff — By Jennifer Shipp

Today was our first official day in Costa Rica. We woke up here, in our little vacation rental.  It is a Friday, so all of us had work to do. John programs for the web, I am a writer, and Lydian is doing classes through the University of Nebraska high school homeschool program. Yesterday we endured three flights to get here over the course of 10 hours: Denver to Dallas; Dallas to San Salvador, and San ...
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