East to Guanacaste: To the Side of the Road — Costa Rica 2020

Much of the road we took to Guanacaste is old enough so that trees have grown alongside. They give wonderful shade, and make traveling on the highway cooler and more pleasant.

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On the Road to Guanacaste.

Whenever I travel in Costa Rica, or anywhere, for that matter, it’s not just the landscapes that catch my eye. There are houses along these roads. Each one is a home, a home for a person, or a home for a family.

Some are old and small.

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A Small Costa Rican House, in a typical old style.  

Some are newer, and small.

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Newer-style, mostly masonry small house. There’s more out back!

Some have grown over the years, with porches and plantings.

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Burning day…cleaning up the yard. 

Costa Rican houses often add roofed areas…during the rainy season, such sheltered spaces are helpful for dry storage, places to work, and to try to dry laundry.

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How a simple structure can still sprawl. 

We pass through a town where pedestrians crowd the sidewalks…

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A gently sloped walkway like this suggests that now or in the past a person who lived here may have traveled about in a wheelchair. 

At this next house it’s laundry day.

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From the TURISMO sign on the back of the white van, it looks as if someone may make their living chauffeuring visitors. 

Some people build up.

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This home has a pleasant second-story porch. (I was tempted to say “verandah”, but it turns out that “verandah” is used only for ground-level porches…)

Fully fenced and barred, this house is available for sale.

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The sign says, “SE VENDE CASA”.

Traveling at speed, you have but a fraction of a second to take a photo of a house.

Sometimes you get a glimpse of who lives there.

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Surveying his domain. 

Who is she talking to?

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Waiting at the gate. 

What a fine entry.

And what a fine tree to have growing at its side.


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