The weather in Costa Rica has a much bigger impact on vacation planning than it does in many other parts of the world, even in Central America. The best time to go to Costa Rica isn’t even consistent across this small but multi-faceted country. There may be torrential rain the whole month in Monteverde, but you may have clear skies in the Papagayo Peninsula or on the Caribbean beaches. If you want to be sure to avoid any rain, this country has a shorter dry season than most. The rainy season in Costa Rica can be as long as mid-April through mid-November in the wettest parts of the country. In the Osa Peninsula you’re looking at 20-30 inches of rain per month some of those months. The best bet for getting blue skies and sun is December through April for the interior and the Pacific Coast. Of course this coincides with when everyone else is going who is looking at the weather patterns, so crowds can be heavier. It’s not like the crowds drop to nothing in what the local … [Read more...] about When is the Best Time to Visit Costa Rica?
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I have been seeing a woman who is in her mid 50s for eight months. Things seem to be good; we see each other two or three times a week, we do sleepovers, and we have a lot in common. However, I have a huge concern when it comes to her spending time with her friends vs. spending time with me. It seems she would prefer to spend her time with her friends. All I hear is "friend this, friend that." We'll be talking on the phone, and if one of her girlfriends calls, she will drop our call to to talk to her. If we are out on a date, I make sure that if I get texts, I don't reply until after we're done, but she sits and has conversations with her friends, which I think is rude. I tried telling her this but she said she needs to reply to them, and tells me to get over it. In the past we made "tentative plans" (her words-plans for dinner, etc.) and then out of the blue, one of her friends will call because her husband is out of town, and suddenly there's a call for the "girls" to come over for a … [Read more...] about She’d rather spend time with her friends
A handful of foods are so popular they’re actually iconic. Most people not only know how they taste but also how they look, their packaging, the way they smell. McDonald’s french fries epitomize this: the thin, pliable red cardboard container, the golden exterior and fluffy interior, the extra fine salt sticking to my fingers. I always dig into the box for the short, brittle, super-crunchy fries, though the longer, softer fries are definitely the best for dipping.Turns out, I’m far from alone in my love for McDonald’s fries: They’re the most popular fast food of all time.(Want to know the scientific reason McDonald’s fries are so tasty?) 25 PHOTOS The 25 best fast-food chains See Gallery The 25 best fast-food chains 25. Jet's Pizza Headquarters: Sterling Heights, Michigan US sales in 2016: $368 million Number of US locations: 404 Customer satisfaction rank: 24 Value rank: 35 Brothers Eugene and John Letts opened the first Jet's Pizza … [Read more...] about This is the most popular fast food item of all time
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 11:12 AM EST Feb 13, 2019 LAKELAND, Fla. — The first thing you notice when walking into the Detroit Tigers’ clubhouse at Joker Marchant Stadium are the signs taped to the doors. On standard-size printer paper, there is a picture of the Commissioner’s Trophy – awarded annually to the World Series champion – with a message to anyone thinking of walking in. “Believe this is going to belong to US!!” it reads. “Don’t walk through this door until you do!” More on Tigers spring training: Everything you need to know Conflicted, reporters walked into the Tigers’ clubhouse for the first time this spring on Wednesday morning. Outside, it was wet – overnight rain had yet to subside – forcing the team to move its first formal pitchers and catchers workout into the batting cages. Inside, a first look at the composition of this year’s Tigers, who, rebuilding be … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers aren’t thinking rebuild, rather World Series
THE third time's a bittersweet, crowd-pleasing charm for the computer-animated adventures based on the books penned by Cressida Cowell. Directed at a brisk pace by Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World soars in the slipstream of earlier films, which tenderly sketched the friendship between a Viking boy called Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and a Night Fury dragon christened Toothless.That unshakeable bond between man and beast is tested to (heart)breaking point in DeBlois's script, which recycles themes of selflessness and devotion to their natural conclusion without sacrificing the tenderness, raw emotion or uproarious humour which have become the series' trademarks.Admittedly, there are scorch marks of deja vu on a plot that pits Hiccup and his Viking brethren against a sadistic villain who has hunted Night Furies – the alphas of the dragon world – to the brink of extinction.At this point in the storytelling, DeBlois could afford to take a few chances … [Read more...] about Film review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World a fitting series swansong