COSTA RICA - I was working on a travel story about off the beaten path destinations from coast to coast when I stopped off at a cafe on the outskirts of the capital San Jose for a cup of strong coffee. The scene inside was like a vignette from a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, trapped in time and place. The light was like a Flemish painting. The little girl was perfect. A few years later the image was used by Knopf for a book cover - the novella Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice.