Nicaragua Border Run


Me, Daddy, and Kendall at the active Masaya Volcano.


My family went to Nicaragua for a day because we have to leave the country every 90 days to make sure we don’t go to jail (just kidding we just need to get a new visa to stay in Costa Rica).  We picked Nicaragua because it is closest to where we lived.  We found this cool hotel near the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua (where I saw an crocodile).  It only took us about 10 minutest to get to the border where we had to go through 4 different places of security to get our passports stamped.Nicaragua Map

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Me Performing

Remember how I wrote the blog post about my “True” performance?  Well, I had another performance and I’m going to tell you about it.

  1. The first performance was called Spectacular and it was the company girls dancing.  The company is a group of girls that perform dances.
  2. There were several other dances before True, including one Kendall was in.
  3. Here is a list of countries that the performers were from:  USA, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Israel.
  4. My group did a performance about two girls named Edie and Alma who got in a fight because Alma was dancing differently than the other girls.  We sang and danced about frustration.
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Typical Lunch in Nosara

A Typical Lunch in Nosara

A Typical Lunch in Nosara

One of the things I am very thankful for is that we live in a place where we can get so many fresh fruits and vegetables – local, organic and delicious!  This is what a typical lunch looks like for me.  It includes a piece of bread, half hummus and half chimichurri, fresh avocado, and a smoothie. Continue reading

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Nosara Community

Santa Marta School Gets a New "Play"

Santa Marta School Gets a New “Play”

The Nosara area and our school is very expat centric, so I have looked for opportunities to get to know the local community better.  I think it’s important while we are here to understand the culture here, which is quite different from ours back in Chicago, and to help out where possible.  Fortunately, there are a lot of people with the similar perspective and there is quite a bit of local community building that occurs, everything from raising money to help schools with improvement projects, building homes for families who need them, running a summer school / camp for when kids are out of school, and job and skills training including English learning.  I have had the good fortune of being a small part of a few of these very large efforts.  Continue reading

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The Rodeo in Costa Rica


The Annual Rodeo in Nosara!

Kendall: First, we started off driving there. It was about 15 minutes.

Josie: The first thing we did when we got there, we went on our first ride. It was like a ferris wheel, but it rocked.

Kendall: With Alina! Don’t forget Alina!

Josie: Yeah! She screamed a LOT!

Kendall: We went twice. It was so much fun!

Josie: The second time was so much more fun!

Kendall: Yeah!

Josie: When we were in the air, we could see these guys in hot pink,

Kendall: And bright blue!

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The Whole True Cast

The Whole True Cast

We had a three week break from school between the first and second trimesters.  My sister and I did True for one week.  True is a fun winter camp where you are acting out for a performance.   I liked being a part of True because it was a good way to have fun when we were out of school, and it was for three hours of the day.

There were about ten other girls who also live in Nosara who were in True with me.  The teachers were Miss Amber and Miss Margaret, who run a dance program here.  At the end of the week we put on a performance at the skate park.

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Keeping Kool

It sure is hot in Costa Rica! There are many ways to cool down. For example, I use a cooler for a water bottle. And sometimes, I jump in the pool to cool off.

Luckily, I have AC. The range in 17 to 30 degrees Celsius.

We also have this crushed ice maker. We love it sooooooooooooooooooooo
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Sometimes I just get into a tank top and shorts and sit still to cool down.

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Lost In Translation

Snuggled Up to Stay Warm

The Templetons went back to Chicago for the holidays.  After a 2 week break from our Costa Rica adventure, it seems appropriate to reflect on the differences between the two worlds that we are apart of.  Both Nosara and Chicago are familiar, provide many joys, and also present many challenges.  It is difficult to figure out which is home and which is away.  Perhaps that is a good thing.  Perhaps we are on a journey of discovery that will illuminate the path forward.  And perhaps we are just all a bit lost in translation (it’s actually more lost in transition, but I like the way that “lost in translation” sounds, so I am going with it).

As I sit here with my kids on the flight back to Costa Rica and our life in the real jungle, I have a few parting words for the concrete jungle… Continue reading

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Minecraft, the Game of Unending Fun

My dad is awesome

Kendall’s Minecraft Game

Ah, Minecraft, what a fun game. Me and Josie play it, and even dad plays it from time to time. It’s a really good way to kill time. Plus, it’s fun and you can use it to make a map. Because we spend so much time outside, it is nice to have a game to play inside.

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Powerful, but Hard Sometimes and That’s Good

The picture is inadequate in capturing the crazy beauty this sunset was.

Sunset, Guiones Beach, Nosara, Costa Rica

A few nights ago, we were supposed to meet some friends from the states that just moved down here last week. We had a mixup on which beach entrance to meet them at, but we were treated to one of the best sunsets I have ever seen. One of the best displays of color in mother nature that I could imagine. That is a lot of what Nosara is about. Unexpected beauty. Powerful experiences of Continue reading

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