Costa Rica Curious

You have read Costa Rica Curious the blog ... now there is Costa Rica Curious the book. After working tirelessly (read: sporadically) on the book for two years, I have just published it in ebook form the story of our move to Costa Rica. The book starts in the crapper...

A Tamarindo Visit – Like a Bat out of Hell

It’s not that I don’t notice things, I do, but I have always been a bit lackadaisical with things that do not pose an immediate problem. This trait has blossomed in our two years in Costa Rica, so as I stepped into the shower I didn’t think much about the drain cover...

Living in Costa Rica – 5 Humorous Observations

One of the great things about living abroad - maybe the most fun - is experiencing the differences found in your new country. Below are a few observations I have noticed about living in Costa Rica. I find them humorous or just informative. Feel free to leave a comment...

Costa Rica Cost of Living – A Busty Beach Budget

Ok, now that I have your attention with that titillating title, I want to discuss a viewpoint born out of last weeks blog post – Costa Rica Cost of Living: Apples to Pineapples. That article mentioned how, when you consider expat stories of living on a smaller budget...

Costa Rica Cost of Living – Apples to Pineapples

Last year I tackled the Costa Rica Cost of Living question with this blog post using how far $7 would go in various food situations as my barometer. I used that post to demonstrate how difficult it is to answer the question "how much does it cost to live in Costa...

The Physical Aspects of a Move to Costa Rica

Guest post by Jason Mueller Jason moved to Costa Rica 4.5 years ago and is loving the 'pura vida" lifestyle. He spends most of his time working at his adventure business in Costa Rica www.jacoropes.com. Some people have asked, why in the world would a person want to...

From One Adventure to Another

Moving to and living in Costa Rica was certainly an adventure. How does one follow that up? With another adventure of course. On September 16, 2017 Jen and I summited Mount Katahdin in Maine. This 5-mile climb was the culmination of 179 days of hiking that started in...

It’s About Time

I love music. I love live music. I love my wife. I do not really like Tim McGraw, but like I said, I love my wife. Because my wife loves many things about Tim McGraw, one of them his music, we had been to at least two McGraw concerts while living in Dallas. It could...

Insects of Costa Rica – What a pain

Did you know there exists an actual  pain index for stings from bugs? Yep, the entomologist Justin O. Schmidt created the index that seeks to rank the painfulness of dozens of Hymenoptera stings across a four-point spectrum. His index (last updated in 1990), while...

The 72 Colones Costa Rica Moment

My dad used to always say, "learn the system." Great advice when there is a utilized system in place. Steve Friedman shares a real-life experience that demonstrates this, as well as the need for expats in Costa Rica to get a mule.  You will remember, in addition to...

To Be or Not To Be – A Resident

Steven Friedman guest posts today on a subject that is near and dear to me. Almost two years after applying for residency - we had all the requisite paperwork with all i's dotted and t's crossed - we still do not have our residency. I question our decision now more...

A Trip to the States

“Congratulations!” I stared back at the TSA agent who had just smiled these words to me. I was confused, partly because I didn’t know TSA agents could talk and partly because I could not connect the celebratory word to anything I had said or done. I smiled and nodded...