Gloria Yeatman

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Nov 30 2012

Costa Rica Isn’t for Everyone?

(Updated October 27, 2015) Jackie, one of our readers wrote, “I have read in your newsletter that Costa Rica is not for everyone. (Others) say the same thing… My question is, just what is it about Costa Rica that is not for everyone? In your opinion, other than the language difference, what are the three …

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Nov 15 2012

Considering a “Typical Tico House”

When we got a call from a Tico friend that his house was coming available for rent, we started thinking about moving from our beloved cabina. Why, you may ask? Well, our house in Baltimore is currently rented to a family who intend to buy it in a year or so. We know that we …

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Oct 13 2012

CPI Immersion Spanish School – Choose the Best!

Paul and I decided that, though we can usually “get by” with our current levels of Spanish, it was time for some more intensive lessons, so we went to visit CPI on the recommendation of a friend who went there many years ago.  We were really impressed with the lovely campus, the well-rounded programs they …

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Sep 03 2012

Festivities of the Patron Saints of San Ramón Parrish

Festejos Patronales San Ramón 2012 The Crowning of the Queen The 12-day Festejos Patronales San Ramón 2012 (Festivities of the Patron Saints of the San Ramón Parrish) kicked off on Friday, August 24th, but preparations began much earlier. Not only did it take over a month to build the temporary structures, staging, booths, and cooking …

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Jul 19 2012

Our 2012 Annual Cost of Living Update-First Six Months

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In the 2011 update on our cost of living in Costa Rica, we talked about the areas of savings we experienced over living in the United States. We broke down our living expenses here in Costa Rica, with emphasis in the big areas of housing, food and healthcare. Then we shared a breakdown of our …

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Apr 15 2012

Celebrating Earth Day 2012

Living in Costa Rica, I feel we are naturally living much closer to the earth. We live our days based on the season and the weather. When the hard rains come in September and October, we run our errands in the mornings and nap or read in the afternoons. While we can get fresh produce …

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Apr 05 2012

Just Another Day in Paradise?

Sometimes, even living here in Costa Rica, the daily grind can get to me. What, you say? Life in paradise is less than perfect? And I would have to say yes. Even here, daily life can become routine at times. Now before I write more, let me say that this is not a rant or …

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Apr 05 2012

An Introduction to Finca Luna Nueva

One of our most interesting trips recently was to Finca Luna Nueva, located in the northern part of the Cantón of San Ramón, about one hour and 45 minutes from where we live. Though things are getting brown here on the Pacific side of the mountain range that runs through the center of the country, …

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Feb 10 2012

How to Bargain in Spanish – Video

Featured Speak Spanish Video: How to Bargain in Spanish http://youtu.be/W4uDVB1DAZs  

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Jan 22 2012

Is Learning Spanish Your New Year’s Resolution? – Video

Is Learning Spanish Your New Year’s Resolution? – How to Learn Spanish in 2012 I don’t know about you, but the goal of learning a new language is daunting. In getting ready for our move to Costa Rica, I knew that knowing some of the language would help me with the huge transition of living …

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