Those readers who who followed my blog will be familiar with our rural property in the area around Volcan Turrialba in Cartago province in Costa Rica. Some time ago, we decided to name our place Quinta Vista Verde. In Costa Rica, a "quinta" is a rural property that is at least 5,000 square meters in… Continue reading Quinta Vista Verde
What’s a Rancho?
If you put the word "rancho" in a translator app, you will probably see that the word is translated as "ranch" in English. But when I say we now have a "rancho," I don't mean we have a ranch. As is true in each culture, there are words that the local culture has given special… Continue reading What’s a Rancho?
Costa Rica’s Best: The People
It's pretty clear that I am bullish on living overseas, at least part-time. For those with the intercultural or travel bug, interacting with the local people of a country is one of the most satisfying aspects of being overseas. When you live in a country for an extended period of time, you get to know… Continue reading Costa Rica’s Best: The People
Humans Away, Animals Play
With the recent Covid-19 lock down and restrictions in Costa Rica, we have seen a resurgence of wildlife in town. With the tourists gone, the animals have come out to play. It's like the word spread quickly, "The human hordes are gone. Come on out." And come out, they have. The last few weeks we… Continue reading Humans Away, Animals Play
Are you interested in living part-time in another country? Have you ever wondered what that might be like? Have you secretly dreamed of living somewhere different or exotic? I am excited to announce the publication of my new book, Straddling Two Worlds. Within its pages, you will meet twenty different individuals or couples who straddle… Continue reading
Lockdown 2: Questions and Answers
Like many around the world, we are still on lockdown here in Costa Rica. Our borders are closed at least until May 16th. Today I'd like address some some questions that have come up as we've experienced this global pandemic as part-time expats in Costa Rica. Question 1: Aren't you afraid of being out of… Continue reading Lockdown 2: Questions and Answers
Part-Time Expats on Lockdown
I've been wanting to post for the last couple of weeks or so, but honestly, I didn't know what I wanted to say. There were so many things going through my mind. I couldn't get them organized. I think part of it was just shock and awe, with grief thrown in. With the rapid spread… Continue reading Part-Time Expats on Lockdown
It’s Not Too Late
I meet the most interesting people during my morning walks on the beach. As I'm looking for and collecting sea glass, I often strike up conversations with people who are walking the beach, too. Some of them are local Costa Ricans, some are tourists, and some are expats, either full-time or part-time. Yesterday, I… Continue reading It’s Not Too Late
We are back in Costa Rica after spending the holidays and the month of January in the U. S. It was so great to spend time with our children and grandchildren, and to see friends and other family members! The holidays were so much fun with the five grandkids. We remarked so many times to… Continue reading We’re Back!
Everyone is writing about their New Years resolutions this week. It's hard not to jump on board. My wife and I are reviewing last year and making some plans for this year. I'm giving thought to what I want out of this year; what I'd like to do and accomplish, and where I want to… Continue reading Intentions