We’re Back!

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!

Intentions

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

The Life Cycle (Part-Time Expat Version)

The lifestyle of the part-time expat is a continuous cycle.  We just spent 2+ months in Costa Rica.  Now we are back in Indiana for seven weeks for the holidays and to enjoy our family.  We'll return to Costa Rica in February, and the cycle will continue at various intervals throughout the year. We live… Continue reading The Life Cycle (Part-Time Expat Version)

Come and Go

This is our last week in Costa Rica before returning to the United States to visit our family and enjoy the holidays together.  We have been in Costa Rica since early October - the first longer stay in our new lifestyle.  We will be returning in early February. We wondered what the adjustments to this… Continue reading Come and Go

Friday Feria – Farmers’ Market Fun

I just love the Friday morning Farmers' Market - known in Costa Rica as "The Feria."  All over the country, these markets are held in communities large and small.  Farmers and vendors from the surrounding areas bring in their produce, baked goods, special products, and anything else they want to sell,  set up their wares,… Continue reading Friday Feria – Farmers’ Market Fun

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