Author Archives: Bob Benz

El día de los muertos

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Friday, October 26 “Only against death does man cry out in vain.” — Malcolm Lowry At this time of year, my mind wanders the streets of Urubamba in … Continue reading

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Return of the howlers

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Sunday, October 21 I’ve been struggling mightily with a section of The Book, and yesterday morning I started to hit stride, making more progress than I had in … Continue reading

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The scorpion’s failed attempt at revenge

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Thursday, October 18 I made my weekly run to el supermercado today, and as is my custom, I locked up my valuables in the bodega, a secure, gated … Continue reading

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Who’ll stop the rain?

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Wednesday, October 17 It’s been raining nonstop for 36 hours here in Uvita. So I figure if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. As long as I remember … Continue reading

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That coatimundi munched my pineapples

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Monday, October 15 When I returned from my trip to the States, I went over to the pineapple plants to harvest one since I knew they’d be really … Continue reading

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Missing my critters … and Lara’s cooking

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Sunday, October 14 I talked to Lara for a while today, and she sent me a few photos via What’s App that made me a tad homesick. Only … Continue reading

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Back in Uvita

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Sunday, October 14 I’m back in Uvita after several days in the States, and it really felt good to return here. I was dreading Friday, which was an … Continue reading

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Returning to Costa Rica

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Friday, October 12 I had to get an early start today. I’m flying from Dubuque to Chicago to Miami to San José, where I plan to stay at … Continue reading

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Out of the jungle

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Thursday, October 11 I made it to Iowa, and thanks to Lara and FedEx, I didn’t have to wear my jungle loincloth to my meetings. In fact, I … Continue reading

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Next stop, Iowa

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Wednesday, October 10 I woke up in the United States this morning for the first time in two months. The trip thus far has been uneventful. I hired … Continue reading

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