We’re excited to announce a pending expansion in the DiploTot ranks. DiploMom will be due with a little boy in the beginning of November. We feel so blessed and fortunate to be expecting another baby. DiploTot was five years in the making and we honestly weren’t sure if she would ever have a little brother or sister, so we are beyond grateful. The DiploDad family name will now live on.
The care we have received so far from her Guatemalan Harvard Medical trained ob/gyn has been excellent. Every visit we have an ultrasound and he spends a lot of time with us. Nothing is ever rushed. And all for $45. This isn’t a co-pay, but is the entire cost – not a bad perk to living overseas.
This past weekend for Mother’s Day at the La Torre grocery store in Cayala, we were able to get a free photo with any purchase of a Lubriderm product. DiploMom likes Lubriderm products, so she picked on up and we had a photo taken on the way out.
This is the closest we got to a smile, even with me jumping around like an idiot behind the photographer. 🙂
San Francisco is one of the oldest churches in Antigua, dating from 1579. When we visited recently, I was under the impression that there were only ruins from the old monastery to be seen, but as we arrived, there was a huge procession entering the church and many bombas (fireworks that just make load booms) going off.
The float being carried into the church is for Hermano Pedro de Betancourt, a Franciscan from the Canary Islands (1626-1667) who is credited with miraculous healing powers. He was made Central America’s first saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
His tomb is in the church and there is a museum with a hall of miracles which contains a myriad of crutches, braces and walking sticks from pilgrims, as well as many plaques giving thanks for his services.
The ruins were quite vast as well. There was much more to be seen than I initially thought, so it was a pleasant surprise.
San Jerónimo was a school built in 1739, and like many other buildings in Antigua, was destroyed by the earthquake.
Since our flight didn’t depart until around 7:30 pm on Friday, I had the opportunity to squeeze in one more activity before we needed to pack up, grab lunch and hit the road. I decided to do a zip line tour with Titi Canopy Tour and I had a great time. This was my first time zip lining and it was definitely worth doing. The guides took photos during the adventure, so here are a few of what they shot.
The tour ends with the chance to rappel down and then end with a Tarzan swing.
The guides encourage everyone to descend upside down, so here I am getting my feet up.
Away we go!
About ready for my swing.
Insert Tarzan yell.
And then more swinging upside down.
If you are in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area, be sure to check out the tour. The guides were super friendly and helpful and make sure everyone has a great time.
After three nights in La Fortuna, the next stop was down to the the Pacific, near Manuel Antonio National Park. Upon entering the park, and declining another request for a tour guide, we made our way down a path/road for about 20 minutes to arrive at the beach areas.
It was a very cloudy day, which was just fine with us, since we weren’t too concerned about getting sunburned and it was quite pleasant to be outside. We found a spot under a tree and laid down our towels, aware of the need to be on guard, as the monkeys and racoons are quite adept at pilfering food and other items from the beach goers.
DiploTot was quite relaxed and wasn’t all that interested in ever leaving our laps and towels, which frankly made for an even more relaxing time. We figured she would be in constant motion, but she was content to watch everyone else and listen to the waves.
On our second visit to the beach, we went to a public area instead of Manuel Antonio, which saved us $20 and the waves were much bigger as we were not located in a lagoon/inlet. I recommend this approach if the beach is really your thing. It is worth going to the national park, but at this beach we were able to just park our car and be in the beach in a few minutes.
This is what the locals do. At the national park we were one of hundreds of tourists. At the beach outside of the park, we were the rare tourists, just hanging out with all the Ticos.