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REVIEW: Hostel Bekuo, San Jose, Costa Rica

By James Bloomfield

Fun, helpful, and really knowledgeable. All the words I can apply to Hostel Bekuo.

Our first few days in Costa Rica we had been moving around like crazy, staying with a friend just outside of San Jose in a beautiful residential block (sorry for getting your hallways wet guys!) before heading into the heart of the Costa Rican capital. We stayed one night in a small place in the bosom of San Jose for one night, catching our breath from the whirlwind schedule before making our way to the slightly more suburban retreat that is Hostel Bekuo.

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Costa Rica Photos from My Last Trip

By James Bloomfield

I’m heading to Costa Rica on Thursday for a short border run/friend’s wedding/insane photo trip and remembered that I had never posted any photos of my first short trip to San Jose. Enjoy the snapshot into Avenida Central circa 2011!

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An old man in Avenida Central, San Jose, Costa Rica. He painted these tiny little pictures and, when I asked him if it was ok to snap a shot of him, he wished me luck. “Suerte”

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Newspaper vendors in San Jose, Costa Rica. They were great fun – I’ve unfortunately lost all my other photos of them!

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A street in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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A man pulling a loaded cart in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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A man pushes a barrel with meats hanging from it. An odd sight.

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Graffiti in the suburbs of San Jose, Costa Rica. Lots of cool graffiti here.

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A building in San Jose, Costa Rica.

January 2014 Photos of the Month

By James Bloomfield

January has been a really busy month for me, with a bunch of travel and work dominating my time. I went to Colon a couple of times, travelled to the Portobelo National Park (images to come), and walked around the city a bunch. I’m always keen to get strolling around more and my new work arrangements should allow me to do this a lot more easily – meaning more images here!

I decided to include some of my Costa Rica images in another post and keep the bulk of my January images here.

Check out the pictures below and let me know what you think!

Casco Viejo, Panama

A battered red door in Panama City’s old town, Casco Viejo.

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Visit to the Mercado Publico, San Felipe

By James Bloomfield

Ah, the Mercado.

Hub of working class Panamanian life (especially in the early morning), this is one of my favourite places to spend an hour or so. I pretty much divide my time between shopping for vegetables and necessary household items (coconut oil, I’m looking at you!), chatting to stall owners, and eating at the insanely good value central cafe.

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A typical interior stall at the Mercado Publico de San Felipe.

Inside, the mercado publico is divided into 4 or 5 main sections, each containing a separate type of food or product. Meat, vegetables, food stuffs like honey and coco rayado (shaved coconut), get their own sections, while a large food court dominates the center of the building. Continue reading

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Words that Piss off Panamanians and Why You Need to Stop Using Them

By James Bloomfield

Earlier this year, I asked my facebook chums to weigh in on something that I had been struggling to get to grips with properly. It was something that may seem like a non-issue for some, while for others it might be an everyday issue that frustrates and angers them.

I’m talking about words that we as foreigners use to label Panamanians.

Specifically, how slang and phrases can be interpreted or used as insults in everyday conversations held in Panama. You have to be able to criticize things to make correct choices, yet I sometimes think that the frequent use of these words is indicative of a rush to judgement. So why ARE they so offensive and why should we stop using them?

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Meet Alice.

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She’s a friend of mine. Coronado-based, this surfer/writer chick has recently set up a website titled “Permanently Panama”, which looks pretty awesome and is encouraging me to get myself a .com for this heap of bones!

Basically, she’s a travel-happy kind of girl and likes to write about the sometimes awesome and occasionally not so awesome things about choosing to live in Panama as a foreigner. Go there and give it a read if you’re interested in the following:

– Beaches
– Surfing
– Panama listicles
– Irreverent humour
– Pictures of scantily clad young lady(ies). No, not like that. You perv!

Go give her some love as she has added me to her list of awesome blogs and one good turn requires another!