Monday, 3 July 2017

Power outage and a downpour

Two days ago there was a power outage in San Jose, Costa Rica. It started around 1:30 p.m. and ended around 3:30 p.m. We were at our hotel with several Canadian friends to celebrate Canada Day. One of the Canadian expats told us that power outage is not unusual in San Jose, and it's also part of the "Pura vida" in Costa Rica. Everyone was calm and waited around until the power came back. To me it was a reminder that we can't take all the modern conveniences for granted, and should always have a back up plan.

This afternoon we had a big downpour, the first since we arrived 4-5 days ago. It was the kind of rain that you can see the water bubbles hitting the ground, and hear the sound of rain drops on the roof. Very soothing when we are inside, looking out. The trees seem to happily soak up all the water that came down from the sky. The heavy rain lasted about half an hour then it was all clear again.

Our vacation has been great! I've seen different types of colourful birds and flowers. I've been savouring the local fruits like mangoes, papayas, watermelons, pineapples... all ripe, juicy, and sweet. Also have had local dishes such as gallo pinto (rice and black beans), beef stew, fish, chicken stew, fried plantains, etc., and of course Costa Rican coffee. I've been speaking basic Spanish to local merchants and hotel employees. Glad to have the opportunity to practice what I've learned online.

Happy 4th of July to my American relatives and friends tomorrow!


  1. The power outage was massive, from Mexico to Columbia. We've been following it closely in that our daughter is vacationing in Panama, where the outage apparently started. Glad it was calm where you were during it, and hoping same for her!

    Love, love, love Costa Rica, and happy to see that you are enjoying yourself so. Pura vida! 🍹

    1. We had no idea the power outage was that massive. We have not been following the news nor watching tv. All went back to normal after the power returned here. We're enjoying the present.