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 Tiles and Wondering

Sometimes I am engrossed in something interesting, and I discover something else equally fascinating that just appears in my experience.  That is what happened as I began searching for sea glass recently (see my previous post).  As I searched the beach for sea glass, I began to notice small pieces of tile washed up on… Continue reading Sea Tiles and Wondering

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

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

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 . . .

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!

Straddling Two Worlds

I am meeting the most interesting people! I’m in the process of doing research for a book called Straddling Two Worlds (Part-Time Expats Share Their Stories). People from all over the world have been completing the research survey about their lives as part-time expats. They are sharing experiences, advice, and details about their lives.  And… Continue reading Straddling Two Worlds

Is Part-Time Expat Living for Me? (Part 7: Choosing Where . . .)

For those considering living overseas part-time, selecting the place is one of the most important decisions to be made. In this blog, Paul Maxfield helps the reader get started on the journey to making that crucial decision.