Monthly Archives: August 2018

Red sky at morning …

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Friday, August 31 After a restless night, I awoke to a scene from an alien abduction. A rosé glow pulsed outside and the howler monkeys were in full … Continue reading

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Praying to AirPod Jesus for a miracle resurrection

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Thursday, August 30 I love my AirPods. Apple’s wireless ear buds changed the way I listen to music and podcasts, probably quadrupling my consumption and providing endless diversion, … Continue reading

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Walking on the tail of a whale

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Wednesday, August 29 Wednesday dawned fresh and cool after the previous night’s downpour, so I decided to take advantage of the relatively clear skies to hike out to … Continue reading

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A haunting, hilarious talk on the beach with George Saunders

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Tuesday, August 28 I’ve been thinking a lot about ghosts. We passed a Tico cemetery at some point while Jeff was driving me from the airport in San … Continue reading

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What the thunder said …

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Monday, August 27 Drenching, thunderous rain gave me a welcome excuse to read and write yesterday. I couldn’t help but allude to Eliot’s “The Waste Land” in the … Continue reading

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A Tica pharmacist encounters a Gringo moleman

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Saturday, August 25 Her look says it all. It’s a mix of confusion and concern. Clearly, this Gringo is loco. ¿Piel de topo? she repeats incredulously, perhaps hoping … Continue reading

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Sun dogs and sunsets chase away the blues

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Friday, August 24 My first “down” day. Two things conspired to mess with my head. The first was Spanish. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon working … Continue reading

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There’s a new monkey in town

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Friday, August 23 After hearing howlers almost nightly while catching only fleeting glimpses of them, I finally got a good, long look at monkeys. But they weren’t howlers. … Continue reading

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I eat bandwidth. And spotted roosters …

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Thursday, August 23 I walked to the Wednesday farmer’s market yesterday for some fruit, then hiked over to an ATM to ensure I’m flush with colones. I also … Continue reading

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El Gringo Feo sets off on foot to explore Uvita

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Wednesday, August 22 I finally went off the reservation yesterday. I’ve fully settled in here at PurUvita and decided to get a sense of how far a walk … Continue reading

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