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Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters, Playa Hermosa

The Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016 was a rousing success but the good things happening at the School do not stop there.

Stepping onto the grounds of the Playa Hermosa School yesterday you notice the improvements right away.  Four years ago there was basically one classroom and a basic lunch room.  There are now 44 students and 3 more are signing up according to the School Principal.

Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016

Now they have multiple classrooms, an official lunch room and sports court and a new room for the kindergarten students.  At this moment all the walkways between the classrooms are being covered so that students will be covered from both sun and rain while they go between classes or just socialize and be kids.  Suffice it to say the school is a place the kids will be happy to come and will be comfortable to study in.

Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016


The community of Playa Hermosa has played the major role in this transformation spearheaded by the Playa Hermosa Resident’s Association Education Committee currently headed by Carrie Enfield and long time community volunteer and fundraiser Gary Lundquist.

Today was the presentation ceremony of the Playa Hermosa School Back Pack Program 2016.  Started years ago by Gary Lindquist and other volunteers as a way to help the poorest kids to have the school supplies and uniforms needed for the school year.  So now every year the Playa Hermosa Residents Association Education Committee accepts donations to purchase each kid in the school a brand new Back Pack filled everything they need to start the new school year.

RE/MAX  has been involved since the beginning with the School Back Pack program giving generously and asking our clients to give as well.  Check out the video below to see the results of everyone’s hard work and generous support.

Thank you everyone who contributed.  The kids really appreciate it!

Life in Costa Rica is Qualmless

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Newsletters

Life in Costa Rica is Qualmless

New Year’s Eve and the town is going crazy. Wow, another year in Pura Vida Land. Bring on the dancing girls and put the champagne on ice!!! This time of year is a little bit of a double edged sword, because there are so many people visiting, and the place is a mad house. Obviously, that is great for business, as all the bars and restaurants are booming, hotels and rentals are at full capacity, as everyone flocks to the beach, but it also means that it is almost impossible to move around. Thousands of people are here, the street is packed, and there are lines everywhere from the grocery store to the beaches. So most of us that live here, tend to just camp out at our homes, hanging out by the pool, waiting for the surge to pass. I like it because it is one of the few times I actually do nothing, and it gives me the opportunity to reflect on some of the bizarre memories I have made living here in paradise. I find myself chuckling as I scroll through my mental rolodex, remembering some of the stories, but I can honestly tell you, I have no qualms.


Everyone knows I am an old Rock n Roller, and one of my all-time favorite bands is AC/DC. I read on their website about 6 months ago that they had brewed their own beer, and I looked for it the last time I was in the USA. I went to 3 different liquor stores and nobody had it. This past week, I was roaming around Coco, enjoying the wave of excitement and the mass of human bodies; soaking up the positive energy and holiday spirit; the pavement vibrating from all the music that spilled out from every single corner; gorgeous models in skin tight dresses and bikinis (no qualms with that) promoting everything from alcohol and beer to natural fruit drinks and suntan lotion, when I heard a shout out. “Heh Amigo!” this young beautiful Tica called. “Check out this new beer.” Low and behold, there it was; AC/DC BEER. This could only happen to me. What are the odds, that I find this new Australian beer, at a street Kiosk in Coco on New Year’s Eve week? AWESOME. It tasted a lot like FOSTERS which I would expect, since it is from the land down under, and my friends and I enjoyed a 6 pack while continuing up the boulevard. Most places would never allow you to drink a beer in public while walking down the middle of the street, but Costa Rica has no qualms and neither do I.

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