Walnut Lentil Salad

My husband and I often eat this with extra vegetables or a green salad on the side.

Salad
1 1/2 cups cooked lentils, cooled and drained
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 cup packed thinly sliced baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix well in large bowl.

Dressing
2 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Mix in small bowl. Pour dressing over lentil mix and stir well. Allow to sit at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

Technology Advancement in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has made some dramatic changes within the past three years. Actually, the past year, because Bob was surprised at the sudden change since his solo trip in 2018.

Some people might call it improvement, but I have to wonder about the impact these changes will have on the natural environment as well as the people who live there.

One difference we noticed right away is the sudden increase of cell phones. Cell phones were still almost non-existent last year. Now, everyone from preteen through the elderly has one. No matter what they were doing, they were glued to a cell phone.

What happened to just sitting or visiting with friends and relaxing while you are at a restaurant? When Bob and I walked past restaurants, almost everyone was on a phone.

Does a person really need to be on the phone while walking on the sidewalk? Especially ones in Costa Rica. They are not the most even things to walk on.

In an article titled “Depression Among Gen Z is Skyrocketing“, Jean Twenge believes that a decrease in social interaction among young people are a main factor behind the spiking depression rates.

The extra time away from friends and peers is eaten up by screens, Twenge said. Her findings suggest that as teens spend more time alone on their devices, they’re getting lonelier and feeling more left out.

“Face-to-face social interaction among teens has declined during the digital age, and that has mental-health implications,” Twenge said. “Face-to-face social interaction tends to protect against depression in a way that digital interaction does not.”

Costa Rica has been labeled among the happiest countries in the world. With the explosion of cell phone use, will they be able to remain a happy country?

Another change is the increase in black topped roads. Formerly gravel roads are now blacktopped. Some previously blacktopped roads are wider. In one area, the exits are not simply going onto the other roads. It is a four-leaf clover exchange for all the roads in that one area like you would see in a major metropolitan city.

Some people might think, “what is the problem with road improvement?” Well, the animals trying to cross the “improved” roads are not used to the higher speeds now. Animals miscalculate and get hit. Most don’t survive.

While at El Chontal Ecolodge in Rincon, I read a book on Costa Rica that was published in 1999. Within it was a comment that avid birders have noticed a decline in the number of birds over the years. Note: This was in 1999! There have been major changes since. How much more of a decline has there been since then?

Another problem is that the mountain roads are sharp switchbacks. Motorcyclists go too fast around the curves, resulting in increased deaths.

Costa Rica is known for trying to preserve its natural beauty. With increase of cell phone towers and black topped roads, I have to wonder if Costa Rica’s natural beauty will eventually be destroyed. I also wonder about the future impact on the people. What are your thoughts?

Back in the Routine (sort of)

Hello everyone!

Just want you to know that I am working on articles to post every other Wednesday morning, starting this Wednesday. Hopefully I will be able to maintain that with being busy of still trying to catch up with things around here. Traveling is great, but it sure creates a set-back at home.

My posts will start with alternating about Costa Rica in general (not necessarily about biking there) and recipes. The one for this Wednesday will be on Costa Rica. When I put something else in place of Costa Rica, one post a month will still be a recipe.

Looking forward to reading your posts again!

 

Surprise Costa Rica Trip

Hi Everyone!

Last time I posted, I mentioned that I would schedule in some posts because things would be crazy busy with work. Then I checked my first post to make sure it was on because I never tried the scheduling thing before. Since I was online at that point, I decided to read a few posts from the few who “liked” that one post. Haven’t been on since, until now.

Anyway, the time did start out with long work hours. Then about a week after my first scheduled post, Bob and I were on our way to Costa Rica with a surprise trip he planned. Bike-packing as usual.  It we weren’t able to keep a couple bikes at a friend’s house, return trips would not happen.

Got back home late last night. Now that we are back, I will catch up on reading everyone else’s posts who hit “likes” on my posts. Thank you to everyone that did!