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…

People Helping People

I’ve shared in previous blogs about the energy and spirit of Jaco, Costa Rica.  Today, I’d like to share about a group of people in the community who are intent on helping people, serving the community, and honoring their Creator in the process. We became acquainted with Horizon Church several years ago when we began… Continue reading People Helping People

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

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)

This Is Why!

People often ask my wife and me, "Why do you want to live part-time in Costa Rica?"  We usually share several reasons that have prompted us to make the decision.  But, today if someone asks me, I will say, "This is why!"  And I'll show them these two photos. The photo on the left is… Continue reading This Is Why!

Help Is On the Way!

I am writing this from the beautiful Pacific beach town of Jaco, Costa Rica.  I just love this place.  For my wife and me, it has just the right combination of beach, Costa Rican culture, warm weather, friendly people, great food, available amenities, and reasonable cost of living.  More and more part-time and full-time expats… Continue reading Help Is On the Way!