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?
Tiles to Table
Some of you may recall that back in November of 2019, I shared a post about sea tiles that I had found on the beach. In those days, I was focused on finding sea glass; however, beautiful pieces of colored tile kept showing up on the beach as I searched for glass. I began picking… Continue reading Tiles to Table
Having a Baby Overseas (Part Two)
This is the second part of a two-part series on our son and daughter-in-law's experience of having their first child in Costa Rica. If you haven't read Part One (previous post), I suggest you do that, as it will make Part Two more clear. In the weeks preceding Emily's birth, our daughter, Bethany, and her… Continue reading Having a Baby Overseas (Part Two)
A Whole New Part of the Country
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you have heard a lot about the Central Pacific Coast region of Costa Rica, especially the community of Jaco. We still live in Jaco, and we love it, as always. There is always something to do, and at the same time, there is always peace… Continue reading A Whole New Part of the Country
Where to Begin?
As the title says - where to begin? So much has happened since my last post. It was never my intention to wait almost 10 months to post again. But sometimes life happens in ways so unexpected, so life-altering, so ............. I'm out of words. I've shared before that we returned to Indiana in August… Continue reading Where to Begin?
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