Monday, April 26, 2010

Soccer (football) field

Most Costa Rican small towns have a football/soccer field in the middle of town. They are usually located in the place where a town square would be if the town were big enough to warrant a town square, but many villages have a football/soccer field instead of a town square.

This is the town square, or football/soccer field in the middle of Villareal. Villareal is the closest "Tico" town to Tamarindo. Tamarindo is a resort town where most of the residents are foreigners because the price of houses and condos has appreciated and they have been built to the style and standards that appeal to U.S. , Canadian and European markets.

Villareal is about 5 miles (8 km) inland from Tamarindo, and many people who work in Tamarindo live there. Our lawyer, who has his office in Tamarindo, has his house in Villareal because he says that he prefers "Tico prices."

At the far left of this photo, the "A" framed building with a tin roof is the Catholic Church, which is also customarily located on the main town square.

Our photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week are some underwater close-up photos that I took of the inside of iridescent clams in Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific. If you have not seen them, I respectfully submit that it is worth a visit, as they are unique.


Sharon said...

A good place for an impromptu game.

Julie said...

it is good to see soccer fields in costa rica

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Nice shot and interesting to note the differences in cultures. It is unlikely to find a soccer field at the center of town in the US. Living in a tourist spot, we underestand the price issue.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Kate said...

The "curse" of tourism, keeping the locals from living in certain areas because we've come in and escalated the prices. You mentioned this on my blog before, and we both understand the economics involved but to me it's still a travesty (and I share the guilt!). It happens in the US as well as foreign countries, esp. places like Santa Fe,NM. I was born in Door County, WI and the same thing has happened there, generations ago. and it continues. I had a former colleague who had been offered a job on the County, but could afford real estate in Sturgeon Bay only, which would have required a daily commute. He declined and remained in St. Paul where he could rear his kids in a good neighborhood within a comfortable setting. So it's not just the people with marginal incomes that are affected, but even the middle class! A real conundrum!

glenda said...

This is a great motivator for exercise.

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