Costa Rica!

I was first here in 1992 before tourism and big hotels, I loved the country, people were very gentle and would do anything they could for you, and my favourite hotel room was a down filled hammock on the beach! Well, not anymore, it is very expensive for the tourist and customer service doesn’t exist, example, on trip in mini van to National Park

Never been so close to Deer in National Park!

Never been so close to Deer in National Park! 

with 6 other people we had 17 year old from Brussels that we picked up at Spanish school and was very new to city, she asked guide if he could drop her closer to where she was staying, answer was no, and it was 8:30 at night when we returned and dropping her at bus stop in San Jose was just unsafe, so I gave her money for taxi. We had paid well over 100 US dollars for day trip. (Oh, my beach bag also disappeared on that trip!!!)

Country is losing tourists and more will be lost to Cuba, closest beach to city is unsafe, has been taken over by Columbia Mafia, so drugs etc.

My hotel Ave Del Paraiso was very comfortable and more like staying in a home, located beside University.

My lovely little hotel in San Jose!

My lovely little hotel in San Jose!

My room's view in the forest!

My room’s view in the forest!

People that live here are having very difficult time, too expensive, no jobs and corruption is major issue, talked to one young man, he was very excited he had just gotten job taking sports bets on phone bank for MBA games in Las Vegas and was paid 5 US dollars a hour, he thought that was great.

I think I did 5 talks some for BK’s and for business leaders, topics, happiness, and how to move forward in life, woman in business, life’s journey, travel etc. 2 young Sisters run the BK Centre in San Jose from Chile, Marianne and Claudia,

Bk Sisters Marianne and Claudia (very special) !!

Bk Sisters Marianne and Claudia (very special) !!

they have done amazing job of involving the community in their activities, they both work very hard and are totally committed, and as usual they took very good care of me.

Dining room at institute !

Dining room at institute ! 

Meeting room !!

Meeting room !! 

Vegetable and herb garden at Satyuga institute!

Vegetable and herb garden at Satyuga institute! 

I visited beautiful Ashram in Mountains for 2 days, which was very special, with community of 40 led by Spiritual Director Shunyamurti, the Ashram’s setting and facilities, are very beautiful (see picture)

More beauty in the Mountains !

More beauty in the Mountains ! 

and I visited wonderful development on the Pacific, called Hermosa Heights (villa development)

Sunrise at villa!

Sunrise at villa! 

owned by Dr. Richard Levy, a Dentist From Washington DC, who decided to invest in Costa Rica both could be possibilities for my Mountain Top

Possible location for my Mountain Top!!

Possible location for my Mountain Top!! 

Richard also had old redone Art Deco movie theatre, (see picture)

Art Deco entrance of movie theatre I fell in love with!

Art Deco entrance of movie theatre I fell in love with! 

which, I would love to operate, the renter had disappeared.

San Jose, the capital is not worth the visit, old, run down, no culture, could be amazing city. Taxis as I have said before are just awful for the most part, airline called Nature Air flies within the country and is good, tourists pay premium price of course.

Close to Pilot!

Close to Pilot! 

Rainbow from plane!!

Rainbow from plane!! 

Extra:

Alligators on the river bank!!

Alligators on the river bank!! 

It was difficult to get hotel to stay at in Nicaragua, they are very busy with tourists, so I have rented apartment for 3 weeks in Granada, on the main square (suppose to be beautiful city) that is my next stop!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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5 Responses to Costa Rica!

  1. Jeffrey Smyth says:

    Betty, if I remember right, you were given a two-year right of absence by OHIP, and you are now through the three-quarters mark of that. What’s next? Will your friends at BK look after you in the future so that you don’t have to melt back into the system? That would be ideal. I ask because my good friend who lived three doors down had a second stroke last week and is in Sunnybrook in bad shape. Tomiko and I are in a group of five neighbourhood families and I’m the last standing male. The years are going by, m’dear – don’t forget!

    When are you going to be back in TO?

    Jeffrey

  2. Ann Rosenfield says:

    Thanks for keeping us all posted. It is fun to travel vicariously with you.

  3. prue (chambers) says:

    What another incredible experience you are having. Thanks for all the details and hope you are having fun. We are moving slowly through winter, with plenty of snow and bad weather.

  4. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Miss you too!!
    Take care and stay well!!
    Hugs
    B

  5. Kathy says:

    You look great. You sound great!. Continued safe travels. I miss ya!
    xoxoxo

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