Sunday, January 15, 2006

I'm James's "it" girl

James tagged me. Which means I have to answer these. Or have a hundred days of bad luck or some such nonsense, I suppose.

But to make it more interesting, I've included pictures from some of my journeys! The following pictures are included:

Rio Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica
Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica (clouded)
Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica (clear) - this is the volcano I climbed
The coast of Tunisia
Along the Dempster Highway to Inuvik, NWT
Me holding hands with a monkey (not evilkev)

And just for James, a picture of Hoodoos in Drumheller, Alberta!

Four jobs you have had in your life:
Special Needs Early Intervention Program Facilitator
An ice cream scooper
Receptionist and conference secretary

Four movies you could watch over and over:
The Usual Suspects
LOTR: The Two Towers
The Ghost and The Darkness

Four places you've lived: (as in any place I've received mail for more than two months of time)
Calgary, Alberta
New Westminster, British Columbia
Ballincollig, Cork, Eire
Schladming, Austria

Four TV Shows you love to watch:
The Shield
Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Four places you've been on vacation:


Costa Rica

Tuktuuyaqtuumukkabsi (find out where that is and I'll be really impressed!)

Four of your favourite foods:
My own tomato soup (secret recipe)
Chocolate, duh
Maple syrup
Lemon chicken, the way they serve it in the bar in Tamarindo, Costa Rica...

Four places you'd rather be right now:
Alberta/British Columbia, skiing. (James said that, but I'd like to point out that's where I am...)
In bed

Four sites I visit daily:
Sir Benfro, though I might have to reconsider that. Hmmph. Stomps off in a huff.
Empire of Dirt
MG's blog

Four bloggers you are tagging:

Any four suckers who put up their hands. Nope, can't see any. Sorry.

Four sheep breeds you could recognise in a field:
Let's be serious people. This is Canada, not Wales!

Four people you'd really like to meet:
Cornelia Read
Ian Rankin - oh, I've done that. But I'd like to have a beer with him.
John Rickards
David Simon


Dana Y. T. Lin said...

okay, i bit. I'll post my answers in a bit.

WONDERFUL pics, Sandra!

Sandra Ruttan said...

Thanks Dana! I look forward to seeing your answers!

Evil Kev said...

Of course that pic was not me holding your hand. I was wearing a shirt that day. (Though I recall I did not shave that day, so I was a little hairy, but not little and hairy...)

Sandra Ruttan said...

But there is a striking resemblance.

M. G. Tarquini said...

You visit my blog everyday!?


It's nice to know that SOMETHING of mine is being read.

JamesO said...

Looks like Caribou to me...

Is there any snow in Alberta and BC at the moment? Last I heard there'd been a really good start to the season and then the warm wind blew up from Hawaii and melted it all, just like last year when we were on our skiing holiday.

Then on our last day, driving from Panorama back to Calgary, we hit the worst blizzard I've ever had the misfortune to drive in. Sod's law that.

Sandra Ruttan said...

James, you're talking about Tuktuuyaqtuumukkabsi?

It's Tuktyuktuk, an Island in the arctic ocean off the north coast of Canada.

That picture is actually on the Dempster highway, not far south of Inuvik.

But I can post a picture of Tuk...

lillygrit said...

Can you tell me the name of the bar in Tamarindo with the chicken? Any other thoughts on places to eat?
Thanks and enjoyed reading

Sandra Ruttan said...

Ooooohhh, are you going to Costa Rica?

The place in Tamarindo with the lemon chicken is el delphin (if I've got my spelling right).

We also ate at the 24 hour place when we were there - I think that's what it's called. We never had problems with any of the food, but the food at el delphin was particularly good.

And we went kayaking with Iguana Surf - that was awesome. Plus we'd get up at 5:30 in the morning before it got too hot and took an inflatable air mattress and just rode the waves...

I'm going to post a Tamarindo sunset picture.

And if you're going to La Fortuna, do everything! Eat at Lava Rocks.

And have REFRESCOS - you pick either milk or water and your choice of fruit - in Tamarindo I lived on Watermelon and water (it was so flippin' hot)...

I love Costa Rica.

lillygrit said...

My daughter is going to study (or so she says) Spanish ISLS. I am taking her to help her get settled this weekend. Thanks soooooo much for sharing your thoughts, we will take every word of your advice even the mattresses.

Did you ever get sick? Sounds like you just went for it and ate whatever you wanted. How hot was it? Shes staying with a family with no AC
Can't wait to get there, everyone says its BEAUTIFUL

Sandra Ruttan said...

Oh, sorry, dropped the ball there.

You can email me if you want.

In Costa Rica I didn't get sick at all. But don't drink the tap water, I guess.

Hot depends on where in the country you're going. If Tamarindo, be prepared for a dry heat. Almost desert-like. And when you eat in those open-air restaurants, move inside, away from the roads. The wind will give you a customized sandburger.

But I saw lots of cool things in Tamarindo. Iguanas strolling about. A Nicaraguan bartered with me. Went kayaking out and saw howler monkeys. Saw immigration arrest an illegal and deport her.

My other word of advice about Tamarindo: if you decide to take a sunset stroll, take a flashlight. Dusk lasts about twenty minutes and then it's pitch black. So that's something to prepare for.

If you're flying into the airport near there (Liberia? Um, it's escaping me at the moment) you won't get the full experience of the roads. There are potholes that can swallow a van whole.

Oh, and IF you stay in a hotel, make sure you ask about the air conditioning. Some hotels charge for it by the minute...

Have a wonderful time! It is a beautiful country. I could tell you story upon story upon story, but you'll have your own adventure. And I hope it's a wonderful, safe one.

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