The Spanish Word for Smile Sounds Like Sunrise

The Spanish word for smile is sonrisa, a word I love because it reminds me of sunrise, an incredible metaphor for both.

Is a smile like a sunrise or is a sunrise like a smile? (That’s a simile, I know.) (A word I also love because it looks similar to smile.)

I awoke a few mornings ago at 4:30 and stepped outside. Imagine what the sky must look like on another planet. Closest to Earth, along the mountains there’s bright light, atop that is a prism of blue in varying shades, from soft to dark, dark blue-black.

Again, like during the Costa Rican sunsets, the colors embrace and absorb you. Looking up, a single twinkled above me. It appeared to be floating and winking above my head like an incandescent flying spaceship.

Turning my head, a 3-quarters moon sat big and within reach, appearing more like an oddly-shaped neighboring planet.

No wonder primitive persons thought they could see bodies of water on the moon, giving them romantic names like, Sea of Tranquility.

Standing in the field in Las Villas de San Buenas de Osa, time has a way of slowing down. You’re out in the country, the sticks, the boonies, but you’re inside this incredible prism of light under a staggering star and a lifelike moon, and you genuinely feel like you’re living under the sky of another galaxy, standing on the field of another universe.

I stood outside and watched the day arrive, the prism of colors evaporating into a single sky-blue and I’m so grateful that I had the experience of what life on another planet would be like.

Dear Reader, this experience belongs to you. Imagine a sunrise so beautiful, it makes you believe you’re on another planet. You deserve that experience. Let’s make it happen. All you’ve got to do is come to Costa Rica, stay at Villas de San Buenas de Osa and wake up early or stay up all night. Let’s make it happen.

My name is Ezekiel Tyrus. I am the gatekeeper to paradise. Contact me.

zeke@villassanbuenas.com

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Costa Rica – Away but With a Nice View of the Storm

“I awake every day, jump out of bed to view the mountainside and sigh. It’s so beautiful.”

“Been house sitting a large two-story house with a pool and jacuzzi high up a steep mountain with nothing but rocky dirt roads12391009_963513963728871_6788952954333675460_n 12391452_963513920395542_8422278599845130539_n 12347688_965355946878006_8674126850839537892_n 12347970_963513947062206_4030161707800455411_n.”

“Today being Sunday in a Catholic country that takes its Sabbath seriously, meaning nobody works and few businesses are open.”

“Therefore, with no yardmen or pool guys coming, I said why not, -went swimming sans bathing suit that AM, stayed naked in the sun the rest of the day till around 4:30 PM when I observed storm clouds coming from behind the mountain. They arrived shortly thereafter and proceeded to fall allover paradise for about an hour or so.”

“After showering, putting on shorts and a t-shirt, I sipped coffee and scribbled in my journal from the second story balcony watching the storm as it crept out to the Pacific Ocean where the storm now resides. Too far to hear the thunder but every now and again, a lightening bolt will appear beautiful and crooked, illuminating the horizon, and that’s what I’m experiencing right now as I drop these words, 12/13/2015 – 8pm.”

This is an actual journal entry I wrote while house-sitting the mountain dream house earlier this month here at Las Villas de San Buenas de Osa.

My dear Reader, you understand this experience belongs to you. You may come here alone, with a significant other, or with your family, but you get the idea of the sort of privacy you can enjoy with the luxury to do whatever you desire.

Because Costa RIca is a nature-lovers paradise, from this view you get a mountainous jungle, a valley and a clear vision of the Pacific Ocean.

I swear on my life, watching the nighttime storm in the Pacific Ocean from a dry mountainside second story balcony, was more thrilling than any concert light-show I’ve ever seen. It was the perfect way to encapsulate one of the best and most relaxing days of my life.

Dear Reader, this experience belongs you. Let’s make it happen. This time nest year, it’s yours. Please, you deserve it. Reward yourself, experience it, then carry it with you always. My name is Ezekiel Tyrus. I’m the gatekeeper to paradise. Contact me.

Ezekiel Tyrus. 12/28/2015 zeke@villassanbuenas.com

My Christmas Eve in Paradise

I am house-sitting where you belong. This place belongs to you, dear Reader.

Do you understand? I’m merely the gatekeeper, the house-sitter of YOUR paradise and I’m in bliss.

Again, I repeat. It is Christmas Eve in Costa Rica and I’m in bliss. And this experience, belongs to you.

Made some lemon ice tea last night. It’s some of the best I’ve ever had and I’m originally from Florida so I know my lemon Ezekiel Tyrus poolice tea.

It’s sunny. I’m hanging by the swimming pool, got the house open, the windows, the doors, and have the TV on the classic MTV channel playing music from the 1980s, my generation. the good songs and the bad, which are good now, too, if only for nostalgia’s sake.

It’s hot, very hot and the sun is baking but I’m wearing suntan lotion and there’s a breeze coming through the trees from over the mountains. Whenever I get too sweaty, I jump into the pool, always the right amount of chill, refreshing, invigorating.

I’m reading Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, though I’ve read it before, I often reread books I love to rediscover certain gems you may have missed the first time:

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be the happiest.”12391113_969324436481157_5712329312238870911_n

-Great line, Hemingway and though I know you were writing about Paris in the 1920s, the same is true about Costa Rica today.

You may want to read another book or listen to another music channel but this experience belongs to you, you deserve i
t, let’s make it happen.

I’m happy here and this morning I had a moment walking into the sunny, spacious backyard where I had to stop, stretch my arms towards the sky and shout, “I’M IN COSTA RICA!!”

Come to Villas de San Buenas de Osa. This place is beautiful and magical. The land gets inside your soul and changes you in a positive way.

With all this beauty and happiness happening in the daytime, I don’t know how I will contain myself at 4:30 when the sun sets turning the earth and the sky into pink and gold, my favorite time of day in San Buenas.

Regardless how giddy or silly I’ll be, surely you’ll see me back in the same spacious backyard taking pictures of the sunset like I have every evening since coming down to Costa Rica a little over a month ago.  10295816_969309709815963_5834358375575404862_n 1463252_969324479814486_1778100848631566433_n

Meet Ezekiel Tyrus.

Ezekiel Tyrus is the newest member of the Las Villas de San Buenas team. ‘Zeke’ is our new onsite property manager and will meet you when you come to rent one of our homes during check-in, and/or when you come to look at purchasing an affordable Costa Rican lot or home. Because of this, we like to refer to him as “The Gatekeeper to Paradise”.

Although he has only been here a month, and is still learning the area, he has quickly learned his way around the region and can offer some great advice. Zeke quickly fell in love with Costa Rica and has invited  everybody down here for a visit.

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Ezekiel Tyrus, The Gatekeeper to Paradise, is our newest team member here at Las Villas de San Buenas

Living in Costa Rica, Zeke says, “I awake every morning after a good night’s sleep with an urge to write, to draw, to paint, to create some sort of art because the world here is art. I always make sure I am outside at 4:30 when the sunsets happen. It’s a type of otherworldly beauty that feeds my soul. And I want to share it. Please contact me for more information at zeke@villassanbuenas.com.”

Further he adds. “I can provide you excellent value on any of these rental properties. Call me, so we can immerse ourselves in the beauty that is Costa Rica.”

Ezekiel Tyrus is an award-winning published author in the USA and during his down time here in Las Villas de San Buenas he is working on his next great novel. His byline includes short stories, plays and a novel with a cult-following.

Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Tyrus’ email is zeke@villassanbuenas.com

The Sunsets of Costa Rica: An Even Greater Phenomenon than Aurora Borealis

579116_965249856888615_6960151123403241730_n-1I’m not discrediting the Northern Lights. If you are like me, seeing the Aurora Borealis, a collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere, is on your Bucket List.

However, I don’t believe the Northern Lights will have anything on the sunsets of Costa Rica.

There are 5 specific reasons why I feel this way, the first 3 are practical, the other 2 are special like Costa Rica itself.

First, to get to the Aurora Borealis, you’ve got to travel to the far North. The closer you get to the Arctic Circle, the more prominent the Northern Lights are. For the sunsets, all you’ve got to do is come to Costa Rica.

Second, because it’s the far North, you’ve got to wear layers upon layers just to stay warm. It’s cold!

Here, in Costa Rica, I usually wear nothing but a tank top and running shorts, only throwing on shoes when I’ve got to go somewhere.

Go ahead and keep your layers, when I’m through writing this, I taking off my tank top and going for a swim.

Third, you’ve got to look up towards the sky to see The Northern Lights. Even though it’s lovely, who needs that neck-strain? Seriously.

I’m in Villas de San Buenas de Osa in the Southern Zone, and all one has to do is look straight towards the Pacific Ocean beyond the horizon.

There’s no Daylight Savings Time in Costa Rica like there is in The States, screwing up Americans emotionally and mentally for days and weeks on end.

This is why you always make sure you’re outside at 4:30pm every day all year long, and you can stand or walk or sit in a chair and just look straight ahead to where the sun’s setting. No neck-strain.

This leads to the fourth reason. The Aurora Borealis is up in the sky, beyond your reach. A Costa Rica Sunset envelops you. You watch the sun set, then at 4:45, almost 5, you look around you as the entire country turns into gold.
There’s a sheen everywhere. Everybody’s skin is glowing, including yours.

The incredible light, the soft golden hue is reflecting in all the vegetation, the mountains, the jungle, reflecting back against the houses, and you can walk around letting the light embrace you, or spin around like when you were a kid in a field. You are part of this natural wonder. It’s of the Earth, the air and sky. You don’t need to look upwards but around, or rather straight-ahead and side-to-side. You are inside the Costa Rica sunset from your bare feet to the top of your head.

If you are a spiritual person you will see and feel your God. This may be true regarding the Aurora Borealis but it’s different when you are inside your God, and can feel and see God all around you, not just up in the sky.

And lastly, if you are an artistic person, like myself, and we each have an art inside us, the sunsets of Costa Rica will make you want to create art.

Mine has always been the written word, but each sunset I experience, inspires me to go beyond words, enabling me to draw, to paint, and even take photographs than I ever have before.

Your skin will never look better than it will during a Costa Rican sunset, so take lots of pictures and nobody will need to tell you to smile because you’ll already be there.

The Northern Lights certainly inspired artists, folksinger Nick Drake wrote beautiful songs about it but when you’re inside a Costa Rican sunset, if makes everybody feel like an artist and you’ll feel like a piece of art for just being there.

My name is Ezekiel Tyrus. People call me Zeke. I am the gatekeeper to Paradise. Come see me.

zeke@villassanbuenas.com

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Las Villas de San Buenas de Osa

12/17/2015

Donation to Reserva Playa Tortuga

Las Villas de San Buenas proudly donated over 10 headlamps to Reserva Playa sand turtle playa tortugaTortuga (RPT) recently. RPT is located approximately 10 minutes from Las Villas de San Buenas and they provide our residents and visitors an amazing opportunity to help protect Costa Rica’s Osa wildlife.

Tortuga is Spanish for turtle, and they focus a lot of their time, energy and financial resources on protecting migrating turtles. However, they also study a variety of wildlife in the area.

Las Villas de San Buenas is looking to increase its support of Reserva Playa Tortuga turtle nests ojochal tortugaand preliminary discussions have started to finalize a program that benefits both organizations.

To donate please purchase these headlamps on Amazon, and ship to:

Nick HalversonTortugaHeadlamp
1759 Valerie Lane
New Brighton, MN 55112

Be sure to include your name in the order and/or send us an email to notify us that they are on the way and we can send you a thank-you card.

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Las Villas de San Buenas (LVSB) recently donated headlamps to RPT Juan Manuel Salazar (RPT),  Nick Halverson (LVSB), Melissa Jimenez Kardentey (RPT).

Mr. Juan Salazar, from RPT, said that “these headlamps will help our volunteers work throughout the night in protecting the mothers who are laying their eggs, and for the hatchlings to successfully make it to the ocean.”

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Some of the donated headlamps from Las Villas de San Buenas to Reserva Playa Tortuga

Please contact us if you’d like to make a financial or product donation to Reserva Playa Tortuga.

From RPT’s website, their objectives are:

  • To develop positive communication with populations and communities associated with study areas focusing on protection of coastal marine resources and the development of responsible ecological tourism.
  • To establish strategic alliances with governmental and non-governmental entities working towards conservation and management of natural resources at local, national and international levels.
  • To educate and enable local population, via programs and opportunities, to live in environmentally sustainable ways.
  • To identify populations of coastal animals in danger of local, regional, or global extinction.
  • To maintain and rehabilitate the land in order to create/re-create an intact coastal zone that protects the Osa’s incredible wealth of biodiversity while supporting and facilitating sustainable development and living for the immediate coastal populations from Cortés to Dominical.
  • To provide opportunities to the scientists and researchers from Costa Rica to work with senior researchers and faculty members of US and other international universities and research facilities in order to further develop their research skills in the scientific fields related to Conservation Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Coastal Marine Systems.
  • To facilitate scientists and researchers to use the equipment and facility of Playa Tortuga Marine Conservation and Research Center for their own research activities involving biological investigation of tropical marine environments in regions where such research has not been carried out in recent times.

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United Airlines adds Seasonal Flights to Costa Rica

United Airlines Adds Two Nonstop Flights to Costa Rica

Source: The Tico Times

The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) in July reported that U.S. carrier United Airlines will open two seasonal flights between Denver and Costa Rica from December to April.

One of the flights will arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José, and the other will fly to the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

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The new seasonal trips from Denver will operate Fridays and Saturdays from December 18 and April 30. (Courtesy of United Airlines)

The route between Denver International Airport and San José will operate once a week from Dec. 18 to April 30, 2016. The flight will depart from Denver at 10:59 p.m. on Fridays and will arrive at Juan Santamaría on Saturdays at 5:24 a.m. From San José, the flight will depart Saturdays at 7:19 a.m. and will arrive in Denver at noon.

The route to Daniel Oduber also will operate on Saturdays from Dec. 19 to April 30.

Flights will leave from Denver at 9:55 a.m. and arrive in Liberia at 4:15 p.m. Departures from Liberia will be at 12:30 p.m. and will arrive in Denver at 5:05 p.m., the ICT reported.

Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura said the news from United is important for the country: “These new flights will boost the tourism sector throughout the country, but they also will expand opportunities for Costa Ricans to fly to this major U.S. destination.”

The U.S. is Costa Rica’s main source of travelers. In 2014, the country registered a total of 936,929 arrivals from that country, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013.

 

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Lapa Photographed at Casa Lapa

The photograph below was taken by Nick Halverson in May 2015 from the backyard of Casa Lapa using a Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-140 mm lens. It is of a scarlet macaw (or a lapa as they are known in Costa Rica).

There were four lapas eating the ripening almonds from the almond tree in the early morning. If you look closely at the photo you can see that this one has the almond between its beak. We planted those trees approximately three years ago and we now regularly have lapas flying in and eating.

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Lapa (scarlet macaw) enjoying an almond behind Casa Lapas, Las Villas de San Buenas. (c) Nick Halverson

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 trees in Partnership Agreement

Las Villas de San Buenas to Plant 2,000 Trees

Las Villas de San Buenas recently purchased 2,000 trees from a non-profit division of Sembrada Agua logo2ICE (electricity provider) called Sembrada Agua. This project connects high schools and local communities to organizations looking to repopulate damage done decades ago by cattle farmers whom cleared some of the jungles in Costa Rica. The goal of Sembrada Agua is to plant one million trees by 2030 – and we wanted to do our part in helping out.

“We are committed to designing and planning our development in an eco-friendly manner and integrating native trees into the landscapes,” explained Hanz Cruz, General Manager of Las Villas de San Buenas.

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Some of the 2,000 trees that have been delivered to Las Villas de San Buenas.

Las Villas de San Buenas will be spending the next month planting these trees. When we purchased the land that is now Las Villas de San Buenas there were thousands of gmelina trees that had been planted in the 1960s by local farmers. Gmelina is a non-indigenous, invasive species that chokes out the native trees. After several years, and approximately $85,000, we successfully cleared out the majority of the gmelina trees. We are now actively replanting the same area with fourteen tree species that are native to the Osa Peninsula, which will help bring the land back to its more natural state from 100 years ago.

“We will be planting a variety of fruit trees, hard woods and ornamental trees which will show our owners the beautiful mix of the wonderful bio-diversity found in this region of Costa Rica,” said Las Villas de San Buenas CEO Nick Halverson.