Saturday, December 6, 2008

Way too long...

For all who have been trying to follow along on our journey down here I apologize for not updating.  We opened the cafe a few weeks ago.  Business has been slow but it is beginning to pick up.  D has been refining her baking skills and I have been working on our drinks and our sandwiches.  All in all it has been quite a trip.  We seem to have become accustomed to the random power outages and loss of water.  Saturday nights have become our favorite time to operates as we have a few friends come out and help.  It really ends up being a lot of fun and we get to eat pizza.  I will post more photos soon.  Really.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The San Jose Trip

Sit back folks and listen to our tale of whoa.
The plan was to leave early Monday morning and meet up with two other couples between Dominical and San Isidro. Before we left we received a call from Mike. His wife was pretty sick with some sort of yucky bug and they were not going to be able to make it.

No problem.
Joel and Krista were the ones who knew the San Jose area. They had lived there for almost a year while attending a language school. Without them we probably would not go. We dropped the kids off at grandpa's and headed out for Joel and Krista's.
We passed the road which leads to their place and had to double back but we found it. We were probably 1-2 hours behind our planned schedule but no problem we were not in a hurry. Everyone was bummed about Starla and were praying for her. We had to make a quick doggie pick up and drop off then we would be hitting the road for real.
D & I were looking forward to getting to know this interesting young missionary couple who were escorting us to the big city. They have traveled all over the world and obviously had a lot of experience in getting around large bustling foreign cities.
The long slow climb up the mountain seemed to be going rather quickly as the gals chatted in the back an the guys were chewing the fat up front. It was just the four of us and we were looking forward to a good trip.

The road we were driving on has a bad reputation (which it lives up to) for being prone to landslides, washed out road areas with 1,000' drops and insane drivers passing semi-trucks on blind curves. One of the popular names of this route is Cero de Muerte or "Mountain of death". I guess every country or state has a "road of death" or "Mountain of Death" but I could say that I believe this to be the most appropriate name for this route. The road is currently the quickest route from southern zone to San Jose so it is the route of choice.

So, as we began our decline down the other side of the mountain I remembered this speed trap that my dad had told me about. You know, the whole way up the mountain you are struggling to reach the posted speed limit and as soon as you begin to get a little bit of gravity on your side BAM! Nailed by the man. And yes, that is exactly what happened.
The kindly officer standing in the middle of the road with a radar gun waved me over to the side. Now in the US you get a ticket. That is just the way it goes. You may be able to talk your way out of it but more than likely you are gonna get a ticket. Well here things are a bit different. The police here make very, very low wages and really all they want is a little extra beer money. The officer began asking me after he came over to the window what I did for a living and if me getting a ticket would be bad for me if I tried to leave the country. What? What the heck was this guy talking about. Then he begins asking "colones (Costa Rican Currency) or dollars, colones or dollars?". Okay, he wants cash. He even asked me if this was okay. I said no, It was not ok but he did not understand. I got out of there with 10 less bucks in my pocket and a deep desire to be able to speak better spanish.

The remainder of our trip was all downhill now both figuratively and literally right? Well, that would be only half right. Our first real stop was at EPA a Home Depot-ish place for a few misc. items then we would drop our stuff off at the hostile we were staying at and re-group over a good cup of coffee and possibly a fresh pastry.

Well, being the savvy travelers we are we decided to put our valuables under the rear seat of the truck. You would have thought that we would have done this before we got into the parking lot but, the parking area was guarded and has a check in and check out gate that monitors the vehicles coming and going. Safe right? Joel for some reason (he had told us later that he never does this sort of thing) left his bag in the truck (under the seat and not visible) which was holding his computer, passport!! and credit cards. I have become accustomed to carrying a man-bag with all of my stuff so D and I just left our clothes bag (my brand new High Sierra super sweet backpack).
We all went into the store after making sure our stuff was secure and the vehicle was locked. D and I were looking at a variety of things so we went off on our own. Joel and Krista looked around for a few moments than went outside and hung out at the outdoor furniture area. Krista said later that she saw some security guys near the vehicle and walked over toward them but no one addressed her or acted like something was going on so she just walked back towards the front of the building. After D and I were finished shopping we met J and K and headed towards the truck. I unlocked the front and opened the back door the same time as Krista. We both lifted the rear seat at the same time and were shocked at what was not there.


She looked at me, I looked at her and we both gasped.
"It happened again!" she said. They had just been ripped off a month earlier.

In retrospect we figure we were being watched maybe even followed before we arrived at EPA. We should have either stashed or stuff way before we got into the parking lot or just brought it in with us. The crooks jammed a screwdriver into the passenger side door and cranked it until it unlocked. The interesting thing is that I inadvertently left my iPod sitting in a pocket in the dashboard and it was still there. There was also some loose cash which had fallen out of my pocket sitting on the front seat and it was still there. These guys knew what they wanted in the vehicle and where it was. Kind of creepy.

The rest of the day found us filing reports and talking with investigators. D met up with an old H.S. friend who currently resides in San Jose with her husband as missionaries. J and K called credit card companies from their home and we could see some of the charges being racked up in real time. A few of us manly men went to a few of the places the crooks had been to but they were already closed.
We extended our stay another day and made the trip back with no real hassle.
Thank God that he is our protector. Who know how things might have turned out?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What IS The Plan?

What is this plan that the Lord has for us down here?  Sometimes I am amazed that I think I know.  We are still doing the bakery/pizzeria/coffeeshop/social meeting place but I wonder what else is in store for us.  We will have to wait and see.
To Be Continued...

Rodrigo (see picture from last post) has left us for greener pastures.  We were a bit dismayed at first and feeling like this all was to large for us to handle on our own.  But God is great and has plans for us well beyond what we can see with our natural eyes.  We have a new found sense of independence and freedom in having our kitchen back.  Danette has been working hard on perfecting our basic breads and I have been trying to get all of the loose ends with the building buttoned up.  
We had a coffee tasting party last week and a pizza tasting party last night.  
All is going well as we think we know what coffee we are going to use and know how we need (knead, haha) to make our dough.  
We are hoping to open up in 2 weeks?!  Yikes.

More soon.


Sunday, September 7, 2008


Yesterday we headed out to Pal Mar for more shopping for the restaurant and just to check things out. Just before we were leaving a friend of Mike's dropped in with his wife and 2 kids. Steve and Vicky are a very nice couple with a daughter just about Abby's age and a son Noah's age. They insisted that the kids all head up to their place across the street to go swimming. The kids were a bit taken back but couldn't turn down the opportunity to go swimming and meet some new friends. Well, as you would guess the kids became fast friends. They played all morning and then went to the beach with us in the afternoon. Noah's new friend had a few surfboards so they brought them along. Noah went surfing for his first time ever and rode several waves. He had a blast!
Rodrigo came along with D and I to Pal mar for our shopping trip. We got to experience the small town and pick up some flour. We had a great time talking with each other and getting to know our spanish a little better. We had lunch at a small cafe (called a soda) and for the first time in probably 25 or more years I had a Pepsi in a glass bottle! What joy.

The Lord really seems to be giving us small blessings in various ways. I guess the trick is to focus on those good things He provides for us. We miss our friends greatly but there is a comfort in knowing we will be together someday soon. Thank you God for what you have done for us. Your son dying on the cross for our sins is more than enough.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Big Rain / San Jose...again

Tuesday night it rained so hard I thought the roof was going to cave in.  It rained all night and neither D or I caught much sleep.  The problem with that is we had to get up at 4:30 am to leave for San Jose.  I thought due to the rain that the mountain road would be closed forcing us to use the beach road (logging trail posing as a road).  To our surprise the mountain road was open.  

We had to go to San Jose to pick up our oven which was in for repair and get supplies for the restaurant.  We scored on the coffee syrups and also found a really cool  couch for our place.  All we have now are 2 very uncomfortable chairs and there are 4 of us.  

We had garlic pizza last night, ate some peruvian ice cream and crashed.  
I am happy to say we both slept well.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


We are finally all here and all together. I am sitting on the rear patio area of our hotel typing this. D.G. just came out to pay me a little visit and check out the smells. I finally feel whole again. We all feel that way. We ate at Denny's last night and just caught up. Due to the Hurricanes in the Gulf we have been getting a bit of residual rain over the last few days. I thought that was going to hinder the girls flight but there were no problems. D and I are talking about how thing are going to be set up at the apartment as we watch D.G. check things out in the hotel yard.
Whole again!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Finally Online

Sorry it has been so long...  No internet and busy weekdays makes it difficult but we are back!
So much has transpired within the last few weeks I am not sure where to begin. The boy and I are down here trying to get both our new home and restaurant started. The gals will be here soon and we can not wait! The boy actually misses BOTH of the gals. Crazy huh?
Well, last week found the boy and I along with Rodrigo and Justin (the cook and the neighbor) in the river in the dark shrimp hunting. The shrimp run in the river here as well as the sea and are approximately 6" (15 cm) long. No luck for us that night so we have traps set tonight. The boy went with the neighbor down the street and brought home at least 8 dozen limes (which are orange in the middle). After we got the kitchen cleaned out we used our commercial juicer and juiced 4-5 mandarina oranges (grapefruit sized super sweet oranges picked off the tree) along with some of the limes and a little coconut milk. Very nice. The cook cut opened up a coconut that was sprouting already. The milk at that point turns into a spongy like substance but is sweet and really cool to eat. It truly is a different world down here. Our water was out for the day today (water main repair) and there are sudden short blackouts regularly but we are beginning to acclimate. Today I saw a large howler monkey crossing a small road like he owned it. That is a brief update of our lives up to this point. I know... I haven't mentioned the huge waves, daily rain, lizards up the wazoo, the extremely loud crazy sounding birds in the mornings or the washed out roads but hey, I can't fit everything into a single post.
More soon...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Chicago Adventure Coming To A Close

The month of July is almost over and Chicago is coming to a close for us. 
We have been pretty this past week with visits from friends and sight seeing all over the city.
Last week we visited Icosium Kafe for crepes and craziness! 
The turkish coffee was well worth the nose umbrella display.

A lot of people are threatening to head south to visit us and we couldn't be happier.
There are really some amazing people in our lives.  We are truly blessed.

All the real work will begin for us next week as we gather all of our stuff and figure out how to get it all down south. 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hot Dog! New Title

Well, due to overwhelming demand the blog title has been changed.  I guess using your actual name is not always the best way to go.  Anyway, we are now known as Central American Yoopers.

Time is moving along at a steady clip here in Chi-town.  The men leave for CR in 23 days!  Man where is the time going?  We experienced Hot Dougs today.  This place is the ultimate hot dog joint and has been recognized by both The Food Network and Fodors as the coolest hot dog place in the midwest if not the entire planet.  Doug's is "The Sausage Superstore and
Encased Meat Emporium ".  We had fun and broke our table.  You can't beat that for a great lunch.  
More soon,

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sick in Chicago

Okay, so since the last posting a few milestones have been met.  I am self-unemployed now as of 6/30 and totally homeless and car-less.  (That's car-less not careless)  We are here in Chicago still and have been dealing with some illness.  I (joe) have been sick for the past two and a half weeks with some sort of Martian virus.  A few days in the hospital in Macomb and a visit to the emergency room in Chicago has left me sick of being sick.  Things seem to be getting better though.  It has been a bit difficult being here at JPUSA only because we are so used to doing tasks and jobs.  So since we've been here we've been dealing with a little bit of cabin fever.  But the Lord is trying to show us something while we are here and we are hoping to hear His voice.  We spent a long week at Cornerstone Festival.  It would have been better if I wasn't sick but it brought back some old memories nevertheless.  I have never been to the festival with a wife and kids.  The kids were blown away by all of the music and crazy people.  D and I were intrigued by their reactions.  All in all it has been a log couple of weeks but we're hanging in out here.  God is good and faithful and has not brought us on this journey to fail.  Thank you Lord for friends/family but most off all for your peace through your Spirit.  Amen. 

Friday, June 27, 2008

Chicago adventure....

We are into our next phase of our move, in Chicago at Jpusa. We got in Sunday, late afternoon. Abigail and I ended up taking the train from Ann Arbor to Chicago, which was a lot of fun with all of Abigail's excitment. Joe and Noah drove with all of our "stuff". You would think after selling everything we own, we wouldn't have much left...but we do.

This week was Joe's last week of work, they picked up his car today. So we are officially homeless and carless :) It is nice here at Jpusa, meeting all kinds of new people, the kids are making new friends and we have had a quite relaxing week. I believe it is the calm before the storm, as we get on a bus this Sunday to head down the Bushnell, Il for the 25th annual Cornerstone Musica Festival. We are really looking forward to it, so much going on there. Joe will be working on one of the stages and I will be working in the Artrageous tent for the kids. We will post again after it is all done and we get back :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Still Waiting for Consistency

Well, I'm still working (joe here) and we're still waiting to have some sort of solid spot to live without having to get our clothes out of a suitcase or bag of some sort.  However, we've been blessed to be able to stay with our friends the Banfield's (family really) and have somewhat of a sense of home.
God has truly blessed us throughout this journey.  Where to begin is difficult.  I will try to bring all of the events and happenings and feelings together in words as our journey continues to unfold.

I guess it all began with a feeling.  Something the Lord birthed in our hearts.  I can not say that Costa Rica was somewhere Danette and I felt that we would be going to.  We really had no deep desire to move there at all.  We were looking forward to visiting and seeing something new but I can say moving there was never on our minds.  Moving somewhere however, was.  Going somewhere and doing something else was on our minds and hearts but not CR.  It appears that God had plans for us that we did not know about.  
Funny how he doesn't tell us everything huh? 

Saturday, June 14, 2008

On our way!

We are now nomads traveling throughout the larger cities of the midwest looking for food and shelter.  No home, car or immediate destination.

Okay, really we are on our way to COSTA RICA!  This is the first of many updates to come for our friends and family to read up on to see our current status.

More soon...

- The Terzano family.