In a couple of months, I will replace my laptop with a new one. By then, my laptop will be twelve years old. Most of the computers I owned did not last more than five years. Except this one. I was lucky with this one. This is a story about how this laptop could last so long and why I am exchanging it at a special period in the history of Apple computers, if not all computers. … More Farewell to my late-2008 unibody MacBook – they should make them like that again
When we started working at the Jaguar Rescue Sandals, just over two months ago, I thought my rubber sandals would do the job. I reasoned that they are water resistant and easy to clean. My first job was to pre-rinse the laundry, which involved a lot of water splashing around. So, water resistant was definitely needed there. However, not all went well… … More And the winner is : rubber boots. Again.
Nadine and her husband Rob quit their jobs as physiotherapists and decide to settle in Costa Rica. Permanently, that is. Their first trip to Costa Rica starts with a flight arriving at night in San José with a subsequent night drive to the coast. … More Happier than a billionaire
Which shoes to wear in Costa Rica? To my surprise, for the heavy duty hiking and working in the field, the locals use rubber boots. … More And the winner is : rubber boots
For whom the Neotropical Companion (hereafter simply the Companion) is a bit on the heavy side, there is another, more easily accessible book called Monkeys are made of chocolate. It is written by Jack Ewing who bought a cattle and rice farm at the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, somewhat north of Uvita. After a … More Monkeys are made of chocolate
Este post tiene una traducción automática al español. Nederlands ook hier!. Today, the 14th of April marks three months since we arrived in Costa Rica and started our sabbatical. Already? Yep, time flies when you are having fun! Right? … More A balance of the first three months of the sabbatical
The series on birdwatching gear is still lacking a post about the camera. I guess this is because of my frustration with the camera that I am using. In fact, I think I made a bad choice. I will explain al this and end with what my ultimate photo-safari camera would look like. … More Our birdwatching gear, Part 5 : the camera
Yesterday, Cristina and I got a tour around the neighboring land, which is a small forest. It was awesome! After the tour, when we were back in the house, I realized that my phone was not in my pocket. … wait, what? … More Zip it
If you ever visit the Neotropics, this book is a must-read. After reading the just under 400 pages of text you will have an idea about the tropical ecosystem(s) that you are visiting. … More How do the tropics work?
Only when I started writing these posts about our bird-watching gear, I realized that our smartphones are definitely part of it. Because we never leave the house without the smartphone, it is the natural last resort to take a picture of a bird. But it is also useful to make sound recordings and, together with a so-called clip-on, it can be used to make pictures through binoculars or telescopes … More Our birdwatching gear. Part 4 : Smartphone and clip-on