Guest Post: Bonnie Adjusts to Cooking (and bugs!)

Rick and I have now been living in Costa Rica for seven months and we are adapting well. Aside from learning Spanish, one of the small challenges I have faced living in another country has been adapting my cooking to the local foods. I have also learned to make some of the local dishes (YUM!), and have been creating new recipes as well. I have also started making fresh homemade bread a few times a week, which means I no longer have to find a way to ship my bread machine from Texas. It also means we have to step up our walking routine to work off those extra calories!

So much has been happening in the world of nature at Norma’s Villas that I have had a really hard time deciding what to share! The New Year brought with it some new sights in both the bird and insect worlds. I realize a lot of people don’t care for bugs, and I certainly prefer most of them to stay outside, but once in a while you meet one that makes you go “OOOOO! How cool is that?”

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Photo credit: bugguide.net

Meet one that made me say exactly that: the Mexican Unicorn Mantis, Phyllovates chlorophaea. Rick found a small one (nymph) in the kitchen (so cute!), then we saw one in a palm tree. I have always found praying mantises to be interesting, but this one is just so pretty! His tail actually looks like a part of a palm frond.

Until next time,

Bonnie

Walkthrough Video by Adventure Paul!

Paul stayed at Norma’s for a whole month working on various projects, and he was nice enough to make and share this walkthrough video! Get to know Norma’s before you come.

Tell us in the comments: What is YOUR favorite spot?

Visit Paul’s Adventures here!

A Quick Guide around Norma’s

Want an intro to public transit in Costa Rica? Tips on getting to a secluded, magical turtle island? Maybe you need the number of a cab driver in Granada, Nicaragua? Or maybe you don’t need that info right now, but wouldn’t you like to have that problem?

We can help you out.

 

Multitasking!

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Talk about multitasking! Sergio takes a peek at the radiator while holding onto an iguana. (Don’t worry, it’s alive and well! Just needed to be relocated!)

Welcome to Norma’s!

Norma’s retreat in Costa Rica has over 10 acres of property to lounge and relax. If you’re looking for a calm, quiet community while you’re in Costa Rica, Norma’s is the place for you!

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We have five studios, 3 1-bedroom houses, and 2 2-bedroom deluxe spaces.

Who stays at Norma’s? Norma’s is a community—some folks work in Costa Rica, some come to write a book or learn to paint, and some stay for months while looking for a permanent place to live. If you’re looking to stay in a quiet town and have plenty of space to roam around, Norma’s is the place for you! We provide a relaxing space where you can swim, meditate, or pick mangoes!

Norma’s is right on the way to Jaco, and near the Poas Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park. We are a fifteen-minute drive away from SJO international airport, and the Coca-Cola and Caribe bus depots in San Jose are one bus ride away.

Folks staying for a couple of weeks, a month or more enjoy Norma’s. If you’re looking for a “home” while you explore Costa Rica, we are centrally located in a quiet Costa Rican town. We’re a good place to get away from it all!