We have had some pretty exciting volcanic activity here in Costa Rica. That is, if you like to clean up ash when you come home from work! The volcano is quite far away, but the very windy conditions have carried its ash all over the valley. It isn’t nearly as exciting as I would have hoped. And, luckily we are all safe. Here is a photo from the national volcanic and seismic institute here in Costa Rica (website–also a cool way to see all the earthquakes).
But what is exciting is finally being able to capture the most beautiful butterfly I have ever seen, in a photo. Costa Rica has these beautiful blue butterflies, called morpho butterflies, but I never see them when I can get a photo. Last weekend my friend Stephen and I went to visit the Jade Museum and the National Museum in San José. I have waited this long to go because the prices are very high for non-residents, so now that I have my residency the price is much better. Anyway, at the National Museum they have a really cool butterfly exhibit with lots of morphos and even chrysalises on display. I only had my iPhone with me, but I was able to capture one! I also found this very cool looking flower, but I have no idea what it is.
This week also began the Feria de la Cebolla (Onion Festival) here in Santa Ana. I captured some photos this morning on my way to the bank.
Today I returned to San José, with Stephen, to check out a music and art festival. There were a lot of local vendors selling things from candles, to jam, chocolate, clothes and many other things. There was also live music performances from well-known Costa Rica bands. We stayed to listen to the group Passiflora and had some delicious chifrijo for lunch. We also saw this rooster who is a big fan of Saprissa fútbol (local professional soccer club).