Monthly Archives: November 2012

Snorkelling in Havelock Island

Sunrise at Havelock Island

Alluring Andamans

Good Reads – Toddler Edition

Varun loves to be read to. Every night, after watching cartoons, he loves to snuggle up with Vipul and asks him to read. We got a new box of books courtesy our friends in US – Dr Seuss’s  Beginner book collection. Varun couldn’t wait to open the box and asked me to read it to him.

We read a few books to him every night – even on vacation. He knows the books and asks to read about ‘ Lion in the Long Grass’ or ‘ Izzy jog’ or ‘Megs pet’.  As we turn pages, he will point to characters and say their names, if they are crying/sad or laughing. Also, he knows endings and will loudly repeat the last sentence as Vipul turns the page. It just cracks us up.

In flights, he will open up the safety instructions card and hold it upside down and pretend to read 🙂 Things kids do.

Reading is the only way to make him sit in one place. I am glad at least we can have a few minutes of peace.

This is his current book collection. If you have others that are fun for 2-3 year olds to read, do drop me a comment below.

  1. Dr Seuss’s Beginner Collection
  2. Goodnight Moon
  3. Goodnight IPad
  4. LeapFrog Tag junior Get Ready to Read
  5. Charley Harper ABC’s
  6. Lion in the Long Grass
  7. Stories for Two-Year Olds
  8. Animal Stories
  9. My First 100 things to Count
  10. My 123 book
  11. Funny Faces
  12. I Love my Daddy
  13. Daddy Cuddles
  14. Mommy Loves
  15. Shapes on a Farm
  16. Bedtime Stories by Panchatantra
  17. Colors
  18. Vegetables
  19. Flowers
  20. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See
  21. My Big book of Opposites
  22. Racing car 123 book
  23. Sesame Street books – Animals, Hit the Ball ( dollar bins at Target)

Happy reading!

Pura Vida in Costa Rica – San Jose

We took a shared cab to San Jose.

The road is again through picturesque mountain side, lush and green and gradually descends in to the plains below. As the drive progresses, weather becomes warmer, traffic increases and you find yourself in the midst of a typical city. Blaring horns, traffic, street hawkers, the general hustle – bustle which brings you back to the realities of life.

I was a bit sick by the time we reached San Jose and we decided to check-in and chill.

We got a sub, fries and watched some Spanish television.

The next morning, we went to downtown San Jose to see the Gold Museum. Of course, there are several other places of interest – National Theater, Central Park, National Museum etc. But I wanted to see the gold museum with his pre-Columbian era artifacts and models of how people lived, hunted, fished etc. in those days.

I was feeling sick again, so ventured out to find some place to drink something and sit down. There were beautiful Christmas decorations on the street.

After a quick lunch, I was still queasy.Suspecting something amiss, we went to a pharmacy and bought a pregnancy test kit. It was hilarious trying to ask the lady behind the counter for the kit. She didn’t speak any English and I didn’t speak enough Spanish to ask for this. Guide books and phrase books don’t come quipped with this, well because, not all tourists go looking for this.

Finally we got the kit and came back to the hotel. We were so elated when both lines turned blue.

It was the best news of our lives 🙂

Then suddenly I worried about the food, drinks and all the fall during white water rafting. In hindsight, everything turned  out to be alright. We joke that Varun’s first trip was to Central America with all these adventures. No wonder he loves to travel!

Costa Rica is very family friendly. We saw tons of large families travelling together. It’s easy to book a van and get a driver for the entire stay. There are plenty of options for everyone – from zoo’s, serpentoriums, animals and insects museums to adventure sports. Its cheap and the dollar stretches further if you can avoid the Thanksgiving to Christmas peak season. Hike, bike, ride, snorkel – its guaranteed to keep you asking for more.

Its one of those places that I  know Varun will have a lot to do and love. Cant wait for him to grow up and go zipline with him 🙂

Pura Vida in Costa Rica – Monteverde

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