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Happy birthday to me!

Me, Ricardo and his family… We decided to enter new year in Jaco. A very nice Costa Rican seaside, summer place. 1 January is also my birthday. So I was about to celebrate my birthday out of my country for the first time. travelling out of city in Costa Rica is fun since the roads are not so crowded and it’s full of green scenery around. Sometimes we stop the car for tropical tastes as you see in the picture. While on the road I recognized some hearth pictograms painted on the road. This is a kind of tradition here. They spray these heathes where some traffic accidents happened. To remember that accident and dead people and drive carefully.

Ricardo ailesi ve ben yeni y覺la Jaco adl覺 s羹per g羹zel bir cennet k繹esinde girmeye karar verdik. 1 ocak ayn覺 zamanda benim doum g羹n羹m olduu i癟in de benim i癟in ayr覺 bir 繹nemi vard覺 buran覺n. Hayat覺mda ilk kez T羹rkiye d覺覺nda doum g羹n羹 kutlayacakt覺m. Kosta Rika’da yollar pek keyifli. Bi kere s羹rekli yeillik ve pek trafik yok. Arada durup k繹edeki meyvecilerden bu ekil tropikal tatlar dolduruyoruz arabaya. Yolda giderken g繹z羹me asfalta boyanm覺 kalpler 癟arp覺yor zaman zaman. Meer Kosta Rika’da bir adetmi, nerede 繹l羹ml羹 bir trafik kazas覺 olmusa yolun o b繹lgesine bir kalp piktogram覺 boyan覺rm覺. Bu hem o kiiyi anmak hem de s羹r羹c羹lere trafik kazalar覺n覺 hat覺rlatmak i癟in yap覺lan bir uygulama.

While going to Jaco we saw a lot of Crocodiles under a bridge.

Jaco yollar覺nda bir k繹pr羹 alt覺. Timsah yuvas覺 vallahi.

Welcome to Jaco. Probably the nearest beach to San Jose.

Jaco’ya hogeldiniz. Buras覺 Costa Rica’n覺n en harika sahili deil belki ama San Jose’ye en yak覺n olan覺.

Jaco lies between several mountains, and is neighbored by the beaches ofHerradura Bayto the North, and Playa Hermosa to the South. At about 15 miles north of Jac籀, lies theCarara National Park, recognized for its exuberant wildlife and dense rain forest. Carara is home to one of the largest remaining populations of wildScarlet Macawin the country.

Jaco etraf覺 dalarla 癟evrili, yeille mavinin bulutuu palmiyelerle kapl覺 misler gibi bir mekan. 24 kilometre kadar uza覺nda Carara ulusal park覺 yer al覺yor. Vahi yaam覺 ve yamur ormanlar覺yla 羹nl羹 bir baka harika mekan.

Piece of paradise. Just take a picture without even looking to screen. It’s gonna be a wallpaper every other way.

Viz繹re bakmadan sa覺 solu 癟ekin. Her t羹rl羹 duvar ka覺d覺 tad覺nda fotoraflar 癟覺kacak.

It’s a good place for surfers as well. If you see my happy new year video, you noticed that already that the sea here is pretty wavy.

Yeni y覺l videosunu izlediyseniz zaten farketmisinizdir. Bali’den fena olmas覺n burada da deniz epey dalgal覺. Bu da buray覺 s繹rf i癟in harika bir nokta k覺l覺yor.

Right picture is the scene I saw when I look out from the hotel room.

Sa fotoraf buradaki otel odamdan d覺ar覺 bakt覺覺mda g繹rd羹羹m ey.

Best chair ever!

En s羹per sandalye tasar覺m覺.

Ricardo and his son Alihandro. He is so cute! He doesn’t cry so much. Only in cars if he needs to sleep :)

Ricardo ve olu Alihandro. Alihandro alamayan uslu bebelerden. Bizi bir tek arabada zorlad覺. Onda da uykusu vard覺 ve anne kuca覺nda uyumak istiyordu. Ama hareket halindeki bir ara癟ta kucaa bebek almak yasak olduundan onu 繹zel bebe koltuundan 癟繹zemedik. Bi ara bir tesiste durup mola verdik. Alihandro uyuyunca yola devam ettik.

Pick your hammock and surfing board. These two items will be your main equipments if you decide to live in Jaco one day.

Bir g羹n Jaco’ya yerlemek isterseniz ilk g羹n karar vermeniz gereken 2 ey olacak. Hama覺n覺z ve s繹rf tahtan覺z.

This is another example of Pura vida life style. Drinking Cas and having tropical fruits by the pool.

Pura vida stili yaama bir baka 繹rnek. Havuz kenar覺nda Cas i癟ip tropikal meyveleri tatmak.

Pool fun in the night. Last day of the year.

Y覺l覺n son gecesi havuz keyfi.

After the pool we came to beach and everybody was already there for hugging the new year.

Havuzdan 癟覺k覺p sahile geldik ki herkes burada konulanm覺 bile.

People having camp fire, tents, fireworks and lots of games.

ad覺rlar kurulmu, kamp atei yak覺lm覺, herkes oyunlar oynuyor dans ediyor. Y羹zlerce havai fiek haz覺rlanm覺. Atelenmeyi bekliyor.

Jaco beach at night around 22:00 pm

Jaco sahili gece 10 sular覺.

Before midnight fireworks has started and never stopped till next morning. All around the beach and also the city covered with fireworks. It was a very nice visual show for us in the middle of very natural place.

Gece yar覺s覺na doru s覺ra s覺ra havai fiek g繹sterileri balad覺 ve neredeyse sabaha kadar hi癟 durmad覺. Sahilin her k繹esinden ayr覺 bir 覺覺k 繹leni patlad覺.

Fireworks on the beach.

Sahildeki havai fieklerden g繹r羹nt羹ler.

I was shooting videos and pictures of these never ending fireworks. I heard Ricardo’s voice at my back he was calling me. Then I turned my back and the next picture was what I saw.

Bitmek bilmeyen havai fieklerin fotoraflar覺n覺 ve videolar覺n覺 癟ekmeye dalm覺t覺m ve arkamdan Ricardo’nun bana seslendiini duydum. Arkam覺 d繹nd羹羹mde g繹rd羹羹m ey sa 羹stteki kareydi.

My first birthday cake since my childhood!! They all started to sing happy birthday song for me in Spanish. I was so touched and have no idea how they managed this surprise for me but I was shocked, thats for sure! I wasn’t expecting this. Thanks a lot! all of you!!

Arkam覺 d繹nd羹m ve Ricardoyu ailesiyle benim i癟in ispanyolca iyi ki dodun ark覺s覺 s繹ylerken buldum. Ellerinde bir de pasta. Mum her ey haz覺rlanm覺. O pasta ne ara sahile geldi, nereden 癟覺kt覺, nas覺l planland覺 hi癟 bir fikrim yok. ocukluumdan beri hi癟 繹zel doum g羹n羹 pastam olmam覺t覺. Duyguland覺m ne diyim.

After I blow the candle we took the cake to eat back at the hotel there was a special new year party in the hotel bar as well. We sat there for a while for a beer. Game character Bayonetta was there too. She was the barmaid. :)

Mumu 羹fledikten sonra pastay覺 al覺p otelin bar覺nda yemeye gittik. Orada da yeni y覺l kutlamalar覺 s羹r羹yordu. Birer birayla biz de kat覺l覺verdik. Seksi oyun karakteri Bayonetta da orada barmaid’lik yap覺yordu. :)

Bull match

Bull match day. We had a huge line there. Most of these people are crazy fearless people. They join this thing every year. So most of the local people didn’t even tried what I did here. There is a very few percent of people who are doing this and they are almost the same people every year.

Bu boa ma癟覺na 癟覺kaca覺m diye 癟ok uzun s覺ralar bekledim. Asl覺nda olay 癟ok insan olmas覺 deilde insanlar覺n anlams覺zca kap覺da bekletilmesiydi. Zaten bu olaya kat覺lan insanlar aa覺 yukar覺 her sene ayn覺. Burada yaayan insanlar覺n b羹y羹k 癟ounluu k羹癟羹kl羹kten beri bu ovu televizyonda izleyip kazalar覺 ve 繹l羹mleri g繹rd羹羹 i癟in bu ie hi癟 bulam覺yorlar. Mesela ajansta soruyorum kim yapt覺 bunu daha 繹nce diye. Bir kii 癟覺km覺yor.

And this line for the audience. They have to pay to watch us. And we don’t pay to enter this thing. :) It’s free to get your ass kicked by the bull :)

Bu da izleyicilerin s覺ras覺. Boadan ka癟acak olan kat覺l覺mc覺lar herhangi bir 羹cret 繹demiyor. Bizi izleyecek bu insanlar ise 繹deme yapmak zorunda.

The arena is in an amusement park. This place is not much at daylight but after evening it turns to the festival zone.

Arena bir lunapark覺n i癟inde. G羹nd羹z pek bir hayat olmayan bu mekanda akamdan sonra bir festival havas覺 esiyor.

Many famous and interesting local snacks to try. Snacks are tasty and cheap.

Bir s羹r羹 alet edevat ve lokal yemek dolu bu mekan.

Buying one last drink before the match.

Arenaya 癟覺kmadan 繹nce marketten bir i癟ecek al覺yorum. Neftali diyor ki bu belki son i癟ecein, tad覺n覺 癟覺kar. 覺kar覺yorum.

Some of the crazy guys who are going to be in the arena with us.

Arenaya 癟覺kacak arkadalardan baz覺lar覺.

And we are in. Finally. We waited maybe 6 hours for this but at the end we are in and we have the head cams. I already posted the video of this night. Probably you already watch it. If not it’s in the videos section. The funny part is a guy came in after 6 hours and he told us that the bulls are very angry today and there is no room left in hospitals. So he said if you afraid just cancel and don’t go in. Why he was giving these information after killing my day? We entered anyways for sure. Similar thing happened when I was in China. We waited 4 hours to ride a crazy roller coaster in Beijing. When it was our turn the machine got broken. A group of Chinese men worked on it some time and they said now we fixed it. Well Chinese engineering is not well trusted around the world. So it was a bit risky to ride that broken Chinese roller coster but we did it too.

Belki 6 saat bekledik buraya gireceiz diye ama Costa Rica’ya gelip bunu da denememi olmak istemedim. 襤in garibi 6 saat bekledikten sonra bug羹n boalar 癟ok sinirli hastahanelerde de yer kalmad覺. 羹pheniz varsa korkuyorsan覺z girmeyin vazge癟in demeleri. 6 saat bekletmeden 繹nce s繹ylesene unu adam! Benzer bir ey de in’de olmutu. Bir roller coster’a bineceiz diye 4 saat s覺ra bekledik arkadalarla. Tam s覺ra bize geldiinde de alet bozulmutu. 3-4 inli adam gelip makinayla urat覺lar bir s羹re. Sonra da tamam tamir ettik dediler. Alet zaten 癟in mal覺, tamir edenler de inli. Biner misin binmez misin? Bindik ama. :)

Washing time!

Yesterday I wanted to wash my clothes. There is no washing machine in Neftali’s house. So I was about to wash them myself. However I couldn’t find a bucket. There was only a vileda thing but it was way too dirty to wash my clothes in it. :) So I went to the nearest market to buy one but they weren’t selling any buckets there. I came back to apartment and ask one of theneighborsto borrow a bucket. The woman didn’t understand me cause she doesn’t know English at all. I grabbed a paper and pen from house and draw a bucket. She said ok and went inside. Some seconds later she came with anincredible tiny bucket! I asked for a bigger one but she said she doesn’t have any other. So I took it and washed my clothes one by one with that small bucket. It took long time but I succeeded. :)

D羹n kirlileri y覺kay覺m dedim. Neftali’nin evinde 癟ama覺r makinas覺 olmad覺覺 i癟in elimde y覺kayacakt覺m ama evde kova da yokmu meer. En yak覺n markete gittim belki vard覺r da al覺r覺m diye ama yokmu. Eve geri d繹nd羹m. Bir Vileda kovas覺 vard覺, acaba dedim ama yok i癟ime sinmedi. Sonra komunun kap覺s覺n覺 癟ald覺m kova sormak i癟in. Tabi kad覺n 襤ngilizce bilmedii i癟in beni anlamad覺. Ben de 襤spanyolca bilmediim i癟in onu anlam覺yordum. Kad覺na bir dakika diye iaret edip hemen evden bir ka覺t kap覺p kova 癟izdim. Kad覺n beni anlay覺p i癟eri girdi. Oh dedim kova geliyor. Bir ka癟 saniye sonra elinde d羹nyan覺n en k羹癟羹k kovas覺yla belirdi kad覺n kap覺da. Grande grande diyerek daha b羹y羹羹 yok mu diye 癟覺rp覺nd覺m ama bundan baka kovas覺 yokmu. Ben de onca 癟ama覺r覺 k羹癟羹c羹k bir kova i癟inde teker teker y覺kad覺m mecburen. Uzun s羹rd羹 haliyle ama baard覺m. Bir de elim su toplad覺 癟ama覺r s覺kmaktan. Olsun zafer benimdir.

Weather issues

Hahaaa That’s what Pura vida life style is!

G羹ne kremi laz覺m bana :)

First days in San Jose

Here I arrived to San Jose after a painful flight again. I paid 500 dollars to a new ticket since I had missed my flight because of yellow fever certificate. First I moved to Bogota from Medellin and I waited 8 hours there to fly San Jose Costa Rica. When I arrived I was dead tired. Thanks to Neftali and Ricardo they came to pick me up from airport. They are two founders of the company I am working in Interdesign Graphics and its digital section Quazar. Neftali gave me his own house and moved to his parents. How kind! Now I have a house for 3 weeks in Costa Rica.

500 dolar daha 繹deyip yeni bir u癟ak bileti alarak sonunda San Jose’ye ulat覺m. Tabi bunun i癟in 繹nce Bogota’ya u癟mam ve havaalan覺nda 8 saat beklemem gerekti. San Jose’ye vard覺覺mda yar覺 繹l羹 gibiydim. Neyse ki burada 癟al覺aca覺m ajans覺n ortaklar覺 Neftali ve Ricardo gelip beni havaalan覺nda kar覺lad覺lar. O g羹n ie gitmem zaten imkans覺zd覺. Neftali bana kendi evini haz覺rlam覺. Kendisi ailesinin yan覺na yerlemi. B繹ylece Costa Rica’da 3 haftal覺k bir evim olmu oldu.

Next day lunch time. We came for a localrestaurantto taste very local food and drink. This one on right side is “Cas” A local Costa Rican juice.

Ertesi g羹n 繹len yemei, lokal bir restoranday覺z ekip癟e. Ama癟 yerel tatlarla tan覺mak. Sada g繹rd羹羹n羹z “Cas” ad覺yla bilinen bir meyve suyu. Buraya has bir tat.

Team at lunch. It was very nice to taste local food here. Nice very old school decoration live a village house. Delicious foods.

Tak覺mla yemek masas覺nda. Bu restoran 癟ok tatl覺 bir yerdi. Yerel bir k繹y evinde gibi hissediyordum kendimi. Yemeklerde misti.

Imperial is Costa Rica’s beer local brand. Pura vida is a very famous thing here. They use this for many things. it’s for saying “everything is cool” or “I’m alright” or many otherpositivereactions.

Imperial buran覺n lokal biras覺. Ambalajda yazan Pura vida burada 癟ok populer bir laf. T-shirtlerde hediyelik eyalarda falan da g繹rebilirsiniz. Burayla 繹zdeleen bu laf asl覺nda her ey iyi, hayat g羹zel gibi anlamlar i癟eriyor ama hemen hemen her pozitif cevapta kullanmak m羹mk羹n.

Entrance of the company. They are having a renovation inside. So it’s a bit messy now. I will take pictures later on when the things done.

Buras覺 da ajans覺n girii. u an i癟eride restore 癟al覺malar覺 var. irket b羹y羹d羹羹 i癟in i癟eride bir genilemeye gidiyorlar. Ortal覺k biraz da覺n覺k olduu i癟in fotoraflar覺 sonraya b覺rak覺yorum.

First week past so fast. We are working on an application for hospitals to track their patients data and status. Costa Rica is well know with its beautiful nature and greens. So we decided to have a walk in the forest. Ricardo me and Neftali came to Ricardo’s mother in law’s house. Because she lives very close to forest. We leave the car there and start walking towards to forest.

Kosta Rika yeillikleri ve g羹zel doas覺yla 羹nl羹 bir 羹lke. Biz de ilk haftasonunda bir da y羹r羹y羹羹 yapal覺m dedik. Ricardo evli ve einin annesi ormana 癟ok yak覺n oturuyor. nce oraya gidip arabay覺 b覺rak覺yoruz. Yemek de yiyoruz tabi burada. ok kibar pek sevecen insanlar. Evleri de kendileri gibi s羹per irin. Yemekten sonras覺 ver elini yollar, dalar, talar…

Ricardo at left. Neftali at right. This road is a bit long. It could be great for rally actually. Just look at this road.

Solda Ricardo, sada Neftali’yi g繹r羹yorsunuz. Ormana giden bu yol zaten bal覺 ba覺na bir etap gibi. A癟覺kcas覺 ben ormana varmadan yorulmutum bile. Bu arada s羹per ralli yolu deil mi bu ya. una bak覺n.

There are small houses on this road. Some people prefer to live this place instead of city. Must be peaceful.

Yol boyunca k羹癟羹k k羹癟羹k evler 癟arp覺yor g繹z羹me. baz覺 insanlar ehir yerine burada yaamay覺 tercih ediyormu. Huzurlu olmal覺. Arsa ev herey dahil 300.000 tl’ye kapat覺rs覺n diyor Ricardo. Bu fotoraftaki ev gibi deil tabi. Daha g羹zel ve b羹y羹羹n羹.

After a while road finished and turned to a stone pathway… It was a bit foggy and windy. but I enjoyed the walk since a beautiful landscape was with us.

Bir s羹re sonra yol tal覺k bir patikaya d繹n羹t羹. Etraf覺 sisler kaplad覺 ve r羹zgar sertleti. Ama keyfim yerindeydi. Uzun s羹redir y羹r羹d羹羹m羹z i癟in 羹羹m羹yordum. Ayr覺ca etraf 癟ok g羹zeldi ve orman覺 merak ediyordum.

And here we are in the forest. Amazing textures all around. It’s like Jurassic Park. A dinosaur can appear any minute :)

Ve sonunda ormana vard覺k. Dokular覺n g羹zellii, ku sesleri ve alabildiine yeil. Buras覺 d羹nyan覺n pisliinden ar覺nm覺 bir k繹e resmen. Jurassic park gibi mekan.

Did you know that the concept creation and plant designs of the movie Avatar done by a Costa Rican artist? Look at the pictures. It’s not a surprise.

Avatar filmindeki orman mekanlar覺n覺 ve bitkileri tasarlayan kiinin Kosta Rika’l覺 bir sanat癟覺 olmas覺 a覺rt覺c覺 deilmi meer.

This plant on the left is not friendly. Don’t touch it. Noseriously. :)

Soldaki bitki 覺s覺rganl覺ym覺 dokunma dediler. Dokunmad覺k.

We wanted to jump to this truck on the way back to home but the driver wasn’t there. So we had to walk all the way back to the house. And in the same night we were about to go to the arena to escape from bulls!

D繹n羹te kamyona atlayal覺m dedik ama olmad覺. of繹r羹 bulamad覺k, t覺p覺 t覺p覺 y羹r羹d羹k gene. Ayn覺 g羹n羹n akam覺 bir de boalardan ka癟ma olay覺m覺z var. Biticez yorgunluktan!

Uncharted on the road?

Nathan Drake VS Designer on the road. Who will win!?

Bilgisayar oyunu gibi ya覺yoruz vallahi…

Happy new year from Costa Rica

Designer on the road celebrating his birthday and new year in Costa Rica :)

Kosta Rika’da hem doum g羹n羹 hem y覺lba覺, ikisi de bi farkl覺. Hayat覺m覺n ilk kumlu g羹nekli y覺lba覺s覺.

DOTR vs BULLS

Designer on the road versus angry bulls…

Designer on the road azg覺n Kosta Rika boalar覺na kar覺…