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Tamale Christmas

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Tamales are a typical Christmas dish in Costa Rica.  When we were in Guatemala, the Spanish school we were attending had a cooking class every week.  Both times we made tamales.  Ever since we went to Mexico in April last year I had wanted to try and make my own tamales.  Now that we are living in a place with a kitchen I decided to give it a try.

We did some shopping for Christmas dinner and I picked up a few things for tamales: tomatoes, chicken, onions, masa (some sort of corn flour used for making tamales).  I found a recipe on the internet for a filling and made it on the evening of the 23rd.  It ended out tasting good.  Cooking this simple mixture was more fun than you could imagine for me, since we’ve hardly done any cooking in the last 5 months.  We’ve done really simple cooking, but nothing that is even the slightest bit labor intensive.  To be able to spread out and just cook like at home is fun by itself.

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Destination: Bartell Drugs, 45th and University Way, Seattle

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Matthias came up with the idea to occasionally have some guest entries on our blogs. This entry is the first guest entry. Our good friend Kim Thomas is the author. Anyone interested in submitting a guest entry should e-mail us at

Christmas music has taken a turn for the worse lately, but there is definitely an antidote out there and it is called Bartell Drugs. Not for the drugs, but for the music. I go to Bartell’s a lot just to look around when I think I might need something, like a new toothbrush or canned tuna. When I am between tutoring appointments I feel a pull. I just need to get out of the house, I say to myself. Then I walk outside my building and know where I’m headed. [read on]

Yes, They are Still Here!

Sunday, December 24th, 2006
We all knew the in-laws would (literally) still be here. My mother has been suffering since shortly after she arrived: diarrhea, vomiting, sun burns, bug bites, and even a blister on her foot from her new flip-flops. To top it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Good to have you back again!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

I know a lot of our blog readers are from the Seattle area and Seattle has just been hit by the worst storm in 90 years. Over one million people were without power and therefore not able to read our ... [Continue reading this entry]

More Pictures

Friday, December 15th, 2006

We’ve put some recent pictures up on our flickr site. Click here to go straight to the site. Or you can use the URL

We uploaded some pictures of Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

What The Hell Were We Thinking?

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Last week in Tortuguero was one of these moments again where Allison and I just shook our heads and wondered: “What the hell were we thinking?” We were going to the rain forest and were surprised that we were ... [Continue reading this entry]

Car Problems Near Manuel Antonio

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

My parents are arriving from Seattle today and after out fiasco to Tortuguero we still had a few days to kill.  Matthias had found a place that had a huge pool with water slides, was near the beach ... [Continue reading this entry]

Planes, Trains and Automobiles to Tortuguero

Monday, December 11th, 2006
We decided to go out to Tortuguero, a national park on the northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.  It’s a national park that is home to 4 different species of turtles, and the area is supposedly full of ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
Ever heard of Ecotourism?  Did you know it has been around since 1980? In 2002 the United Nations even celebrated the “International Year of Ecotourism” and here in Costa Rica it’s everywhere! They have Eco Diving Tours, ... [Continue reading this entry]