In depth analysis of real estate and other business news in Atenas, Costa Rica. Comments welcome.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Using UnoTelly to expand your Netflix library...

Using will not only provide you with more updated movies and tv shows it would also expand the overall library selection available to watch.  This program basically changes your settings to US-side online programming, it's very easy to set up and very reliable.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Your new neighborhood Automercado under construction...

Well sort Guacima about 18 min. away (google GPS coordinates 9.956223,-84.262199) they will be completing the construction of the nearest AutoMercado to Atenas...

Auto Mecado

Monday, April 22, 2013

Looking for the latest in mapping out Atenas online?

The one that I found the most detail is
But, I just realized that the map engine is bing maps.  So, I am not sure if it gives you anything more that bing as it cuts off north of Atenas.

This tool geonames does not cut off north of town like the others and it seems to have newer images
Looking around I am impressed with this one.

Of course google maps is good.   And if you have an android phone you can get this on the phone too (don’t have an apple phone so I don’t know if it works)

Wikimapia is good as it uses the google map with Wikipedia data on it.   Can be useful in finding out what things are:

This page has all the mapping services available for the area:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Atenas-based author John Randall debuts on Kindle, review his work on Amazon!

Atenas-based novelist John Randall has just debuted with his high-paced thriller "The Yellowstone Conundrum" available through more on Amazon:

The Yellowstone Caldera, the most dangerous hot-spot on the surface of the earth, erupts with a series of 11.2 earthquakes and spews volcanic ash high into the atmosphere. Six hundred miles away a 9.45 quake under Puget Sound causes massive destruction to Seattle as a tsunami strikes and destroys most of the waterfront.

The Fort Peck Dam in Montana on the Missouri River fails as does the Jackson Dam on the Snake River. The power grid in the Western United States quickly disintegrates, with utility companies fending for themselves. Power outages reach the East Coast.

The Beginning of the End is a page-turning novel with readers following eight characters as they scramble out of harm's way on Day One of the Yellowstone Conundrum; everyday people put into extraordinary situations, with the President of the United States and his cabinet scrambling in the background to find how to escape from lose-lose scenarios.

The Columbia Generating Plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation suffers great damage and begins a meltdown. Bridges in Portland collapse. Infrastructure in the NW is severely damaged and thousands are killed; Salt Lake City, Boise, Denver and every city, town and village in the Pacific Northwest are affected.

The massive Death Cloud from the Yellowstone explosion sends volcanic ash into the jet stream, which then begins to carry the heavy ash south across Wyoming, over Denver until it catches up with a low pressure system advancing across Texas.

"Follow army vet Ray Spaulding as he survives the crash of a WSDOT ferry in the tsunami, then manages to save, then lead a handful of everyday people who rally together to save the Seattle Public Library from destruction by gangs.

University of Washington professor Denny Cain and student Karen Bagley vow to get out of Seattle, only to find themselves in a firefight as the local Seattle gangs attempt to claim the night.

Skier Penny Armstrong fights her inner demons by skiing north toward Billings in an attempt to avoid the Death Cloud.

Long-distance trucker Cameron Hedges is forced to step out of character as he first rescues Betsy Jamison, then convinces an entire town to move out of harm's way.

Robert and Nancy O'Brien, both up-and-coming managers within the Department of the Interior are separated by their jobs, then by the earthquake and explosion.

The President of the United States must deal with his own Kobayoshi Maru, with a series of impossible lose-lose scenarios as the power grid in the United States collapses."

New to Atenas Film Festival...

Friday, May 3
6:30 – 9:00
      Gangs, ‘Ninis’ and Thugs: an unofficial war (50 min.) Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Gangs are forming all over Latin America because of the lack of opportunity for young people. The arms industry is literally dumping hand guns into communities – buying a pistol is as easy as buying a quart of milk. This film investigates how gangs are affecting communities and how offering purpose and opportunity to youth could minimize gang activity. Gangs, ‘Ninis’ and Thugs: an unofficial war was screened at the UN to underscore the need for an international Arms Trade Treaty. Guest Speaker: Mario Araya, Producer Costa Rica FILMWORKS
Saturday, May 4
         Children’s Films  Spanish
 4:00-6:00         Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives   (85min) English with Spanish Subtitles
Synopsis: Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Guest Speaker: TBA
7:15- 9:00        HOME  (93min) Spanish
Synopsis: We are living in exceptional times – we are destroying and depleting the earth’s natural resources at catastrophic speed. The stakes are high for the survival of the planet, and for us and our children. HOME was conceived and created to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. Guest Speaker: TBA
Sunday, May 5
         Semillas Criollas – Personas Libres (25 min) Spanish
                        Semillas de Libertad (30 min) Spanish with English subtitles
Guest Speaker: Eric Semeillon (Kokopelli, LaVidaOrganico)
4:30-6:45        AMAL (101 min)  English
Synopsis: AMAL is a multi-layered portrait of contemporary India that follows an auto-rickshaw driver who is content with his small, but vital role in city life. An eccentric billionaire, disguised as a vagabond, is searching the streets for the last morsel of humanity and as fate would have it, meets Amal. This modern day fable questions the meaning of wealth and ultimately reveals that sometimes the poorest of men can sometimes be the richest. Discussion to follow
7:15-9:00         The Sky Is Burning  (57 min) Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: An ecosystem that was once disappearing from the map is resurfacing out of the old pasture of Santa Rosa Park. Se Quema el Cielo tells the amazing effort made by the Guanacaste Conservation Area to rescue the dry forest and other tropical environments. Photographer and filmmaker Luciano Capelli delves into the secret spots where park scientists and officials are fighting to preserve 300 000 species.  Guest Speaker: Luciano Capelli