2005 Latin America
Home Up San Jose Costa Rica

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21 June 2005

Greetings from Big Bear Lake California,

As has been my habit during past sojourns, I will again share "postcards" with those friends who have indicated an interest in receiving them. This time I have prepared a framework in my extensive web site to make it easier to keep my field notes organized.

I have my one way ticket to San Jose Costa Rica leaving noon Tuesday, 21 June with a brief stop in Mexico City. After a few days in San Jose to make onward travel plans I'll be heading back north through Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and then back down to San Jose where I'll try to figure out a way to get into Venezuela through Panama. These are just some initial thoughts and are sure to change as serendipity offers more interesting variations.

I've done more planning for this trip than any of the others and have tried to gather as much information about each of my possible destinations as possible. Some of the postcards, no doubt will come from places in the list to the left, but you may be sure to see messages from many other towns and places not on the starting list. So, stay tuned. My first "stop" will be in a hotel near the LAX airport to simplify starting logistics; Hotel Hacienda, 525 N. Sepulveda Blvd.  El Segundo, California 90245  Phone: (310) 615-0015 

Peace,
 

Fred L Bellomy

 

PS:

22 June 2005

Made it to San Jose Costa Rica and thought a few people might like to know. This damned keyboard is as bad as the ones I encountered in Turkey. Neither the colon or question mark work! thank goodness Iíve still got the exclamation mark and apostrophe!

It is raining outside so I ducked into this cyber cafe close to the KFC store where I stopped for a Pepsi. It is not really raining, more of a steady drizzle, but enough to get soaked on the long walk back to the hotel. Just looked out and see the drizzle has stopped, so I too can stop filling time with this keyboard dance. I mainly wanted to tell a few people that I made it to San Jose and have found a good value hotel near the city center. Iíll hang out here for a few days while checking out the buses north. The Centro Colon Hotel is quite good for fifty bucks... plus an outrageous 16% tax. With all the extras I pay about $67 per night. The place has colorful and cheap restaurants, an excellent view of the central park and is near several banks with ATM machines... none of which will accept my new Citigold bank card! Getting local Colones at a bank is an hour enterprise. The exchange rate has been moving in our favor and now sits at about 478 per dollar.

Most of the color I remember from my previous visit to the city ten years ago is gone, replaced by the inner city decay one sees in many capital cities around the world. I am hoping some of the old traditional ways will have been retained or recreated as I move away from the capital heading north into Nicaragua.

Better take advantage of the lull in the rain and dash back to the hotel. FB

14 June 2005

Hello from Big Bear Lake California
The next postcard should originate somewhere in Central America. As always, I want to be sure all the old e-mail addresses are still valid and that only people who want to get my irreverent missiles are on the distribution lists. For the most part, I've annotated names of those who have specifically asked to be included with an asterisk. If you have never actually indicated your wish to receive my oblique observations from the field, drop me a line so I know your preferences.

Central and South America is where I break bones! Two arms in Guatemala, one wrist and my trachea in Brazil. Let's hope I manage to complete this epic journey through Latin America without breaking anything else. Most of the countries down there are dangerous according to the US State Department. I've read all the warnings, but one cannot avoid every danger and still have an adventure. So, get ready for some more white knuckle tales.

 

POSTCARDS NEEDED AT MANY STOPS FOR THIS TRIP!

 

 

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Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and A1


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula refilling her wine glass.


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and Fred Bellomy at her 10 June 2005 reunion party in Santa Barbara.


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and A2


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and Mary Freericks at her 10 June 2005 reunion party in Santa Barbara.



Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and A3


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and A3


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Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and A5


Paula Sandefur Party: Barry White in interesting, but typical pose.


Paula Sandefur Party: A6


Paula Sandefur Party: XXX, Barry White and Judy Litschel. A7


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Paula Sandefur Party: Ian Shadford is up to his old playful antics.


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Paula Sandefur Party: A15 and Barry and XXX and Ian and Judy.


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Paula Sandefur Party: XXX, YYY and Barry White. A21


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Paula's Party June 10, 2005 - taken while Paula briefly returned from her home in Hawaii to Santa Barbara for a visit just before I left on my year long exploration of Latin America. Most of the people at the party had been in one of her SBCC Adult Education classes: hiking, yoga, etc.



Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and photographer Fred Bellomy at her 10 June 2005 reunion party in Santa Barbara.


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and Mary Freericks at her 10 June 2005 reunion party in Santa Barbara.


Paula Sandefur Party: Lots of great food and wine provided by our hosts.


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and friends.


Paula Sandefur Party: B1


Paula Sandefur Party: B2


Paula Sandefur Party: Judy Litschel and Ian Shadford take a break from eating.


Paula Sandefur Party: B3


Paula Sandefur Party: XXX and Mary Freericks smile for the pesky cameraman. B4


Paula Sandefur Party: B5


Paula Sandefur Party: XXX and Mary Freericks and YYY. B6


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Paula Sandefur Party: Judy Litschel and Ian Shadford smile? for the camera.


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Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and Barry leaning closer to hear better at the 10 June 2005 reunion party in Santa Barbara.

 


 


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and friends.


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and C1


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and C2


Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and C3


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Paula Sandefur Party: Mary Freericks in the right foreground.


Paula Sandefur Party: C17


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Paula Sandefur Party: Paula and friends in Santa Barbara.


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Paula Sandefur Party: C25

  
Reference photo: author
 August 2002
 

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