Sea Glass and Sea Tiles – New Backyard Friends

I am amazed at what washes ashore every day on the Jaco beach here in Costa Rica.  Of course, rocks lead the pack, but I've also become intrigued with the sea glass and  sea tiles that find their way to our backyard beach. A friend of ours here introduced me to sea glass - and… Continue reading Sea Glass and Sea Tiles – New Backyard Friends

Expat to Expat – Friendships Endure

We had the most enjoyable surprise this week!  Twenty-five years ago, when we lived in Costa Rica full time (eleven years), and our children were young, a delightful family from Korea moved into the house next to ours in San Jose.  The couple did not speak English, but through all of our various levels of… Continue reading Expat to Expat – Friendships Endure

One Month and Counting…

(Whistling Duck sits on a palm frond.) It's been exactly one month since I retired from full-time work as an executive director of a nonprofit organization.  It's hard to believe it's been a month already.  There were so many, many months of planning, thinking, dreaming, packing, moving, etc.  And, here we are. ccv Some aspects… Continue reading One Month and Counting…

A Special Energy . . .

One of the things we like about Costa Rica is the vibe – the energy, the Pura Vida approach to life.  (Pura Vida is a Costa Rican term that means everything from “hello” to “all is well” to “life is good.”). When I am here, my mind slows down a bit, my perspective becomes a… Continue reading A Special Energy . . .

The Second Train Arrives – in Jaco, Costa Rica

I left you last time as I was boarding an imaginary train to our new life as part-time expats in Indiana and Costa Rica. We arrived safely in Costa Rica on Tuesday (yesterday), and we have been settling in today.  Here is a list of activities on our first full day in our new life.… Continue reading The Second Train Arrives – in Jaco, Costa Rica

Hopping From One Train to Another

Well . . . it has happened.  I am officially retired – or as I have been telling people – “I’m not retiring, I’m just changing activities.” And that’s really what I am doing.  I am not planning to wind down, reduce my effectiveness, or lessen my contributions to the world.  I am just changing… Continue reading Hopping From One Train to Another

It’s Getting Closer

Many of my readers know that my wife and I have been on a several-years plan to eventually split our time between Indiana and Costa Rica, thus being "part-time expats."  We think of ourselves that way now because we  already spend a lot of time in Costa Rica. But the real transition will take place… Continue reading It’s Getting Closer

Fes or Fez? Who Knows? Either Way, It’s Great.

During our visit with our part-time expat son and daughter-in-law in Spain, we hopped a plane and spent a weekend in Morocco.  An earlier post shared our experiences in The Blue City (Chefchaouen).  Here I'd like to share some photos of Fez or Fes, Morocco.  I've tried to research the correct spelling because I see… Continue reading Fes or Fez? Who Knows? Either Way, It’s Great.

Minimizing, Downsizing, and Discarding

Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering and tidying up have taken the world by storm. Her new series on Netflix is all the buzz, and people are asking themselves if their clothes, books, sports equipment, and knick knacs are sparking joy.....(If you've read her books or seen her videos, you've probably asked yourself the… Continue reading Minimizing, Downsizing, and Discarding

The Blue City – A Bucket List Trip (Chefchaouen, Morocco)

A few years ago, a friend in Costa Rica went on an extensive trip with her family through Europe and northern Africa.  She posted photos and information on the "The Blue City" on Facebook (Thank you, Marta Herrera).  Ever since reading her post, I have had Chefchaouen, Morocco, on my bucket list.  It just looked… Continue reading The Blue City – A Bucket List Trip (Chefchaouen, Morocco)