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Here at Shaka we are sympathetic to the vacationer who finds it hard to vacation in these sliding economies. Many people may not have the liquid cash, but may have something of great use or value to us here in Costa. So that being said we are open minded to possible trades of comparable value for items or services that we may need, like or really want. We have already done some barter vacation exchanges that worked out nice for both sides
If you have something of value perhaps we can do a trade or partial cash &trade. Here are some ideas
- Electronics: Here in Costa Rica electronics such as portable computers, cameras, projectors, game systems, apple products, audio equipment, studio equip etc costs more and breaks down sooner. Because of the humidity, dampness in the rainy season and salt in the air stuff breaks down frequently. It’s safe to say we always need something
- Sporting goods: Surfboards, aluminum mountain bikes, fishing gear,
- Tools: All name brand tools cost more here. Quality name brand carpentry, power, and mechanic tools are always of interest.
- House and home: and once again anything that’s fancy and nice cost more or is hard to get. Fixtures, hardware, decorations, energy saving, or anything that can improve a beach house or cabanas will of course be of interest.
- Services: Internet marketing, marketing: We’re always looking for ways to improve our business exposure. Therapeutic: Many of us are extremely active and have nagging injuries, so a true master healer at times would be welcome. That’s just a few off the top of my head. We are open-minded to ideas, lets us know.
Some of us spend part of the year in Las Vegas, Colorado and Texas. An Item could be potentially delivered there as well.
The Shaka Team
So yesterday I drove 4 1/2 hours one way to the town of Nicoya to do my first automobile safety check or Riteve RTV(REVISIÓN TÉCNICA). Bare in mind that most of the drive is on bumpy dirt roads. This was my second trip there this month because on my first visit my 2008 truck failed due to bad bearings.
In some states in the US all vehicles are required to pass a safety inspection. Hawaii is one of them. In the US you can pretty much go to any gas station and get your sticker in 15 minutes provided your car is passable. Here in Costa Rica the hoops you have to jump through blew me away. There are many things you can get away with a simple bribe but this is not one
So here is my short tutorial on how it works.
1. First you have to call and make an appointment in advance.
2. upon arrival you go into the office and present your expired Riteve certificate, car papers, ID( if you’re a foreigner your passport)and pay about 10,000 Colones($20.00) then drive to the back of the line. Tip: don’t make your appt on Monday at the end of the month because this is the most crowded
3. The building you drive through looks similar to a car wash slightly longer with four stations that you stop at for various inspections with a person manning each one.
4. Station A. They check all your lights, tint(no front or back tint allowed), horn, wipers, quick look under the hood, tire tread(your treads need about 4-5mm minimum, smog emission, spare tire, and inside the car you must have a kit that includes jack, jumpers, reflective triangles and vest.
5. Station B. You roll your front tires then your back tires over a metal plate thing that checks your alignment.
6. Station C. You roll your front tires on rollers that spin your tires individually to check your brakes for strength and evenness. You then roll your back tires and have to demonstrate your e-brake and foot brake.
7. Final Station D The pit. You then drive over a pit where a person with a flashlight and microphone inspects the under carriage of your vehicle for any potential hazards such as over rust, loose bearings, loose stearing components or oil leaks.
8. You then exit the building park and wait inline at a booth where all the information is fed to a computer. If all goes well, the man in the booth hands you your papers with your new Riteve sticker. In the event you fail the man will hand you a paper with details in Spanish of what you need to fix.
9. You have 30 days to fix what did not pass. After you get whatever fixed, you have to make another appointment pay 5,000 Colones($10.00) for your return inspection. If its within the 30 days they will only inspect what did not pass, you still have to wait in line. Whew! Hey small price to pay to live in paradise
Pura Vida! Shakacostarica
1. Book a 2 week surf package at Shaka Beach Retreat(of course we gotta plug ourselves). If its your first time 1 week will go by fast and just when you start to get it ya gotta go.
2. Make sure your surf instructor is Mo’e or one of his good friend instructors.
3. Facebook all your friends tell em your going surfing in Costa Rica at Shaka. Rub it in and make them jealous
4. Start working on dropping any extra pounds if ya need to. The lighter and fitter you show up the easier it will be for you as well as your instructor.
5. A simple exercise regimen 3-4 weeks prior will do wonders for your stamina. Push ups, pull ups, crunches, and lying back extensions are great, if you work with weights utilize circuit training. work more medium to light weights with high repetitions progressively decreasing rest time between sets, also give some good attention to your posterior deltoids.
6. Upper body cardio is king. Any type of cardio is good, but if you can do some upper cardio such as paddling, Rows, boxing aerobics, Swimming laps etc.
7. Get an Indo balance board. Indo boards are great for practicing weight distribution and relaxed balancing. They also will help get your legs toned and in shape. They come with dvd’s to show you how. You can do 10-15 minutes a day in your living room on the carpet in front of the TV easily. You should be able to find one at any board sport or sporting good store.
8. Make sure you can hold your breath for at least 20 seconds. When you start you will be in shallow water(about 4-6 feet deep), but a wipe out can still put you under for a few seconds and the more breath you have the more relaxed you’ll be.
9. Flexibility: If you do yoga that’s great or just a simple 10 min daily stretching regimen focusing on limbering your legs, chest, arms, and back
10. Educate your self. Go google crazy. There is tons of info online about surfing tips, ocean knowledge, surf reports, surf equipment. Follow our blog because i will continue to put up tips and info about surfing and the area. Finally leave Comments on this blog and ask any questions you may have, all are welcome.
Pura Vida & Aloha
Hello again, In this blog i want to talk a little about the rainy/wet season and what to expect vacationing durfing different times of the year. The rainy season. Ive already talked about why i love the rainy season in an earlier blog so now ill expand on a few things. The beginning of the rainy season is around mid April, basically thats when you can expect your first rain. The rains start off subtle and build intensity over the months so there is usually still pleny of sunshine. When the first decent rains hit you can expect 2 things. First is more humidity, it take about 6-8 weeks for the trees to fill in with leaves, the under ground water table to begin to rise, and for the temperature and land to to cool off.
The next thing impossible to miss is the Tajalin invasion. After first rains a species of purple and orange crabs comes down from the mountains and they get EVERYWHERE. I personally think they are funny and entertaining, but they can get anywhere and its not uncommon for unsuspecting tourists to return home to find they brought back 1 or two in a suitcase. The worst part is they hang out on the roads and especially at night there are so many its impossible for vehicles to avoid them. After a couple of weeks they start to fade away and by june you hardly ever see any.
Usually around the end of June or July we get an Indian summer for 2-4 weeks. This is one of the nicest times of the year because its nice and cool, the vegetation is at its lushest, and the beaches are quiet. Usually there is plenty of vacancy so showing up without reservations is not a problem. Smaller less used roads begin to get bad and many of the routes can become impassible. All the roads become rougher so travel times slow down. They dont fix or redo the roads until december-January when the rains stop.
September-October-November usually has consistent rains in the afternoons and evenings. From my experience about 40-50 percent of the days will still have scattered showers or sunshine in the morning to afternoon, and the rest will be overcast with occasional down pours.
Activities that can be more enjoyable during the wet season include: 1. Quading because of no dust. 2. Visiting waterfalls and swimming holes because of the obvious. 3. Surfing because the rainy season provides more swell and overcast skys reducing sun burns. 4. boat Fishing, cooler waters oct-dec can the most abuntant game like yellow fin, wahoo, amber jack and mahi mahi.
Well thats just some of the things off the top of my head.
Well its been awhile since i blogged. We have a new volunteer Katie who is gonna keep the blog section updated. This last week has been very quiet so sitting around in the rancho web browsing, facebooking and blogging has become a staple time filler.
Actually the rainy season is my favorite time of the year. No dust, downtime, more swell and uncrowded waves are just a few of the benefits. If you only experience the dry season you really miss out on the greenest time of the year. More animals show up near and around Shaka, and ocasionally the internet and power go out during the rain forcing you to unplug kickback in a hamock and read a book or just sit with your thoughts. Something many of us dont do, or forget how to do in this pace increaing society.
This past week i rebuilt the website for my brothers group SPITBREED. Both of my computers broke in the last 6 months, so Ive been relatively unplugged for a while. Its nice to have the luxury of internet but when i don’t have it i am 3 times more active outside, which makes me wonder if i like it at all. I really cant complain since my office is basically a hammock outside on my terrace looking out to the rain forest with the sounds of wild animals, ocean and waves in the background.
My brothers group SPLITBREED is really gaining momentum in Vegas and their music really suits their location. They just released their first album and you can listen to the entire album online here www.splitbreed.com. Although my web skills makes them look like Starts that have arrived they are still grinding and struggling, so if you have a moment visit their page and become a face book fan they need all the support they can get.
Until next time
Another day is coming to an end here at Shaka. I’ve got the Ipod set to ‘Shuffle” and streaming through the speakers and in the background I can hear the howler monkeys and the waves crashing.
Mo’e got down to camp nice ‘n’ early so we got in a good morning session in our front yard, Playa Hermosa. The wind was blowing onshore and made the inside pretty choppy and unlike Mo’e, I unfortunately, did not make it out the back. I got tossed around a lot and I mean A LOT but I loved every minute of it!! Like I said, I’m pretty new to the surfing scene so I’m just happy to get out in the beautiful green/blue Pacific Ocean here in Costa Rica and tomorrow is a new day and I WILL get out the back!!
(Here’s a little picture of me surfing from last summer on my first trip to Shaka)
There are a lot of cool things about being a volunteer here at Shaka. You get to meet tons of crazy cool people from all over the world, you get immersed in the culture of Costa Rica, you make some awesome friends, and you can work on your surfing skills (or just kick it with the big boys if your that good). Not to mention you get to work on your tan
Well, I’m off!! Have a great day and check back soon for new updates!!
Hey there all you Shaka lovers, I’m Katie, the newest volunteer at Shaka, here in beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica!! I’m taking over for Emma until later in August and am so stoked to be here. I might be the NEW volunteer but this is my third time here at Shaka. I love it so much, I just can’t stay away.
Everything is calm and quiet right now on the Shaka Front: lots of time to relax, read a book, and most important- get in some good surfing. I’m pretty new to the surfing scene so everyday is kind of like Christmas to me: wake up, throw on my suit and rashguard, slather on some SPF 50, wax my board, and hit the beach running!! Life can’t get much better than that for girl from 20 Miles west of Philadelphia, Norristown, PA.
Well, that’s all for now. Just wanted to take a minute and introduce the new blogger in town! Stay tuned for updates from me and Life at the Shaka Front. Pura Vida.
Shaka is pleased to announced a really exciting event at the end of August! Life coach Jacob Cherrington is hosting a weeklong workshop here in Playa Hermosa!
Las Vegas-based Jacob was a life coach for the Anthony Robbins Organization for over ten years and through working with people from all walks of life to define and achieve their goals, he developed his own system (called F.U.E.L for Life) which helps people clearly define their goals and develop a clear plan to accomplish them.
I’ve read a little Anthony Robbins stuff, and it’s really interesting. But reading about something is a little different than actually putting it into practice, digging in, and getting to know yourself a little better.
Just talking to Jacob, I can feel his enthusiasm about this event–and frankly, it’s contagious.
So I feel lucky that I get the opportunity to help out with what is sure to be a very exciting week where I’ll learn a lot about myself and how I can make the most positive changes in my life (although, what can be more positive than living near the beach and surfing every day? Ha ha ha—I’m excited to find out!)
For more information about Jacob, check out his website at www.FuelForLifeOnline.com
For more information about this event, go to our New Ideas section!