Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year from Arizona, USA

Julie & Dave Pace
from Arizona, United States of America

Happy New Year to you and your family, from my wife and me. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to take a sail off the coast of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean on a warm, sunny day between Christmas and New Year's. Yes, that is when this photo was taken.

For those people who live in cold climates, I am sorry to rub in the beautiful weather that we have at this time of year. Although Costa Rica is north of the equator, people refer to November through April as "summer" because it is our dry season and you can count on lots of sunshine, almost no rain, and temperature in the 80's (F) or 27-32 (C).
This photo was taken by a honeymooning couple from Los Angeles. We took their photo and they reciprocated. It turns out that we had walked by their wedding the evening before, as they got married on Langosta Beach

Julie's shirt says "Pura Vida" which is the national slogan of Costa Rica. It translates literally as "pure life," but in Costa Rica it is used in a way that is similar to the way "Aloha" is used in Hawaii. People use it to say hello, goodbye, they are fine, thank you, etc. With weather in December like what you see in this photo, it is indeed, a time for pura vida.
View website: Scottsdate Daily Photo

Julie holding a koala in her arms during her visit to Australia.

Colonia is known for the old cars that residents have saved and continue to drive. But after a car is no longer running, why not use it as a planter? Uruguay
View website : Viva la Yoyage
Julie & Dave Pace, Αριζόνα, ΗΠΑ

Καλή Χρονιά σε σας και την οικογένειά σας, από τη γυναίκα μου και εμένα. Τι πιο καλύτερος τρόπος υπάρχει για να γιορτάσουμε την περίοδο των διακοπών από το να σαλπάρουμε ανοικτά των ακτών της Κόστα Ρίκα στον Ειρηνικό Ωκεανό, σε μια ζεστή, ηλιόλουστη ημέρα μεταξύ των Χριστουγέννων και της Πρωτοχρονιάς. Ναι, ήταν τότε, όταν τραβήχτηκε αυτή η φωτογραφία.

Για εκείνους τους ανθρώπους που ζουν σε ψυχρά κλίματα, λυπάμαι να έχουμε εδώ τόσο όμορφο καιρό, αυτή την εποχή του έτους. Αν και η Κόστα Ρίκα είναι βόρεια του ισημερινού, οι άνθρωποι αναφέρονται στο Νοέμβριο έως τον Απρίλιο ως "καλοκαίρι" επειδή είναι ξηρή εποχή μας, με μεγάλη ηλιοφάνεια και σχεδόν καθόλου βροχή. Η θερμοκρασία κυμαίνεται γύρω στους 80 (F) ή 27-32 (Κ).

Η φανέλα της Τζούλης (Julie) γράφει "Pura Vida", το οποίο είναι το εθνικό σύνθημα της Κόστα Ρίκα. Κυριολεκτικά μεταφράζεται ως "καθαρή ζωή," αλλά στην Κόστα Ρίκα χρησιμοποιείται κατά τρόπο, που είναι παρόμοιος με τον τρόπο "Aloha" που χρησιμοποιείται στη Χαβάη. Οι άνθρωποι το χρησιμοποιούν για να πουν γεια, αντίο, είναι ωραία, σας ευχαριστώ κ.λπ. Με καιρικές συνθήκες, το Δεκέμβριο, όπως αυτό που βλέπετε στη φωτογραφία, είναι πράγματι, ένας χρόνος για vida pura.


Ανεστης Θ. Κετσετζιδης said...


Leesa said...

Hi Julie and Dave... (Philip, too.. of course)!

So cool! My dad and step mom live in CR, near Puerto Viejo... they're building their house there and should be done by mid March... My step mom is Costa Rican and they are now retired there...
I hope you enjoyed your time there!!

Love the pics,

Cheryl said...

I don't mind looking at pictures from a warmer climate, especially tonight, It's really cold & windy here in Greece!
I really like the picture of the car converted to a planter...very original and beautiful.
Great pictures!

Crazy Tourists said...

Wow!! That car-flowerpot is amazing!! Happy new year!!

Julie said...

Phivos, such a lovely warm new year's greeting. what a nice surprise. Dave and I wish you a very happy new year. I always enjoy coming to your site and seeing all of the wonderful travel adventures. I just checked out the Tanzania photos where the lions ate the tire on the jeep. wow. what a problem that must have been. said...

Happy New Year, and thank you for your graciousness in featuring our photo sites on your blog which I am pleased to follow.

Julie and I enjoyed our visit to Greece very much about 8 or so years ago, although we did not make it to Cyprus. We hope to return again, to visit more locations, and to stay longer. IN the meantime, we will continue to visit through the internet.

Anonymous said...

I am freezing as I read this! Lucky are these folks!

magiceye said...

love the pic about the car used to plant!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Its so nice to see Julie on your blog I love following hers and my e-mail adress is

Phivos Nicolaides said...

@ Julie Thank you so much for your generous and kind words. I love meeting with people of common interests irrespective of the nationality. I love your blogs and I much enjoy your writings and beautiful photos. Be sure we keep in touch!

@ Thanks Dave for your kind comment. Please note that my blog is open to you and to everyone in fact who loves traveling.
I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your visit to Greece. If you consider to visist again this part of the world don't miss Cyprus. You won't regret it. You are most welcome to come and visit us. Please see some of our American friends (from Minnesota) who visited us HERE! and HERE!
P.S. You may response yourself to the comments made here for you.

Janie said...

Pura vida. That does indeed look like pure life, sailing in shirtsleeves in December! Great photo with the koala, too.

MedaM said...

What a wonderful time you had there! This post is beautiful. Good luck to the couple in their fresh begining!

cook said...

ευχομαι μια καλη χρονια Φοίβο με πολλα εξαιρετικα ταξιδια :)

Shelly's Style Shop said...

I love all the pictures.It makes me want sunshine!! Also, I really want a picture of me holding a koala. That is darn cute! ;-)


Debbie said...

Great photos! Is this couple from Scottsdale, Arizona? Since I live in Phoenix we are neighbors! said...

Thank you again for posting our photos, and best wishes to all of your readers and to the kind people who commented above.

Phivos Nicolaides said... I thank you Dave and Julie. The pleasure is mine. You are welcome any time!

Dee said...

Thank you for sharing your vast knowlege with us. I have visited the Greek Islands but never mainland Greece, I hope to change that one day. I would certainly use your blog as a guide for places to visit. Thank you.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Dee. Thank you so much Dee for your kind words. Please keep in touch.