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Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Costa Rica, Uncategorized | 19 comments

Change is Good

Change is Good

Costa Rican Colones CoinsI love the change in Costa Rica. Maybe because it is the only thing Jen lets me have in my pocket; that’s a good thing too – if you knew my spending habits, you would agree. It’s not that I don’t want to be frugal. In fact, I am frugal – very frugal – when I don’t have money of the folding variety, in my pocket. But I digress.

The change in Costa Rica can get you to town and back, the cost is only 420 colones or about 85 cents – each way. Two 500 colone coins can buy you a beer – about $2. At the weekly feria (farmers market) a handful of coins can fill your bag with fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables.



¿Dónde Es Gregorio?

But even though it is great all the things you can buy here with pocket change, that is not the change I am talking about in this post. You may have been wondering why I have not been posting lately (probably not, I understand). Well there are a few good reasons, mostly behind the scenes stuff, like:

1) Getting to know a new blog theme that will help me organize the site better and will provide you with a much easier way to navigate through the pages and catagories. In addition to the navigation, and overall layout, I am working on a few more pages of information about Costa Rica and info that will help those researching a visit or a move here.

2) I have been working on a new logo – see below. I am not happy with it yet, but it is getting close (I would appreciate logo feedback – what do you think?). I like the idea of the representation of Costa Rica through mountains and surf, I like the Spanish punctuated question CuRious (with the C and R capitalized – a subtle way of signifying the sites name Costa Rica Curious), but I do not like the black abyss in the middle…I have some ideas but it is another thing on my plate.


3) I am working on a book. Scary I know, but true none-the-less. I am writing a fun little book about some of the things we have learned since we have been in Costa Rica, and sometimes the funny ways in which we have been “schooled”.

So, there you have it – my excuse(s) for not updating the blog more frequently.

Hasta Luego,





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Greg Seymour is a quitter. At 41 Greg and his wife Jen quit their jobs, sold damn near everything they owned and became Intentionally Unemployed and retired early to Costa Rica.
In addition to writing on this blog, Greg has written for other online publications and has written two popular books about living in Costa Rica:
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  1. Well done …..I’m smiling , are you sure you’re not an attorney , what a great line of bullshit. You’re embracing the Pura Vida lifestyle very nicely

    • Haha – you got me Jim. See you soon.

  2. Since I like red, try to incorporate the red sunsets of CR, just a thought. Look forward to reading your future posts.

    • What about Amber melted into shades of Red?

  3. Whew! You’ve a lot going on there, Greg! Keep up the great work! Love your blog and the new logo-in-the-making — colorful and graphically descriptive. To show how exciting and progressive CR is, what about making the mountains slant a little more to the right (right slant = movement forward = progress = future = action) and using a fun display font (maybe also in italic)? Just my 2 pennies (from incarnations in marketing, copywriting, and graphic design). Best of luck with it all!

    • Karen, thanks for the kind words AND the design tips. Much appreciated!

  4. I like your logo, like Karen’s suggestion about the mountains. If you just reversed it with the ocean on the left it would look more like the Pacific. I was just in CR and loved all the beautiful plants, what about coffee bean background in the black. I know this is more than 2 cents worth, just a thought. Loved it there and I think it will be my new home in the near futire. Loved the Grecia area.

    • Martha, more great tips. Thanks. I like the idea of the coffee plants and I didn’t even consider a Pacific/Caribbean based location of the surf – good thought.

  5. Maybe a bird or lizard in the black area. I really like the rest of it.

    • That seems to be a consensus James. Thanks for your input.

      • I’ve been admiring your photographs, what camera and different lens do you use?

        • Glad you are enjoying the pictures James. I have a Nikon D5100 (an entry level DSLR) and I pair it with one of 3 lenses. The one I use mostly for wildlife is a 70 – 300. This gives me plenty of reach. I also have a 50mm prime lens and that is great for low light shots and photos of people. Then I have the kit lens that is 18 – 55mm this one is great for getting pictures of landscapes. I hope this helps.

          • Thanks for the information on the camera and lens. Looks like you have everything covered, although with all the small creatures and bugs, a macro would come in pretty handy. I have a 100mm macro lens that I find myself using to shoot flowers and small things. I do have a 100-400 mm lens for shooting birds. I’ve been to CR a few times and hope to return again soon.
            take care.

          • I have a very large photography wish list and a macro lens is near the top. One of these days…one of these days.

  6. I like the logo with the mountains and surf wave. However, the black section needs to be improved. Incorporate, the beautiful sunset of Costa Rica or the coffee field in that area. Nice work!

    • Thanks so much for the comments and suggestion.

  7. I like the curious with the question marks, but I feel like the words “Costa Rica” need to be there somewhere as well and not just in the URL. I’m looking forward to your book!

    • I appreciate the feedback Sharon. I’m looking forward to the book being complete.

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