disclaimer: This is not my photo. Sorry. It was rainy this morning where I live and couldn’t get out to get good pictures.
Today, September 15, is Costa Rica’s Independence Day. Today marks 191 years of independence from Spain. The people of this country know the meaning of hard work to get what you want. When the Spaniards first arrived here most of the indigenous population got wiped out from disease, so they had no slave labor to help them along. Costa Rica means rich coast, which turned out to be far from the truth as they never found gold here. So the new settlers had to do everything themselves, giving them a strong work ethic. In 1949 there was a civil war after a presidential election. The president who was voted out did not want to give up his seat and tried desperately to keep it. After the civil war ended, the new president abolished the army. So, the only thing we have now are the police. We do receive help from other countries if we need it. The United States has helped Costa Rica in helping us to prevent drug trafficking coming through the country from South America. We are a neutral country, meaning we really don’t have any enemies. There will be the occasional confrontation with our neighbors to the north over land, but that really has been it. We have close ties with many European nations, as well as the United States and even China. Costa Rica does have open trade with China so when you come here to visit don’t be surprised to see Chinese vehicles. It is such a beautiful country here with wonderful people. The independence day celebrations started last night and will continue into tonight. It is an amazing way they celebrate, they get the entire community together, even the children. There is something for someone of any age to enjoy.