Category Archive: Resources

Jun 18 2012

Book Review: Butterfly in the City, by Jo Stuart

Butterfly in the City by Jo Stuart is one of the best books I’ve read on Costa Rica. As the name implies, she is the “butterfly” and the city is San Jose, Costa Rica. Most other books on Costa Rica are guide books about its natural beauty – waterfalls, beaches, flora and fauna – with …

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Jun 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist, Part 2

After hearing about her great experiences with her dentist, Paul asked our neighbor, Lisa, at the Cabinas to write a brief article for our newsletter.     Who’s Afraid of the Dentist Now? By Lisa Kolber My first encounter with Dra. Stephanie came when in June of last year I had a problem with a …

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May 07 2012

Our Weather in San Ramón de Alajuela, Costa Rica – 2012

Paul’s Monthly Weather Report – January 2012 As you probably already know, there are two seasons in Costa Rica, a wet season (winter) from May to November, and a dry season (summer) from December to April.  Additionally, there are many micro-climates here that change the weather, usually depending on altitude and topography.  The climate is …

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May 07 2012

Featured Speak Spanish Video: Spanish for Volunteers

 

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May 07 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Visiting the Dentist

(Udated 8/17/15) Generally, dentistry is a good deal in Costa Rica. In 2010, Costa Rica had 36,000 medical tourists and 51% of those were for dentistry. Most people hate to go to the dentist, but go anyway, as one of those necessary evils we endure to keep our smiles bright and healthy.   My dentist …

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Apr 05 2012

Featured Speak Spanish Video: Speak Spanish With Your Dog

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Mar 16 2012

Your Vote Counts: Absentee Voting Information

Are you a U.S. Citizen living outside the U.S.? Do you want to vote in the 2012 elections? If you haven’t signed up for an Absentee Ballot, here’s the info on how to do it. The U.S. has made it easy. Just go to the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, located at http://www.fvap.gov/index.html.  Click the …

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Mar 16 2012

DIMEX, What is it? And Why Should It Matter To Me?

After our recent articles about our bank, Coopenae, & their 11.75% 12 month CD, more inquiries came in regarding investing here in Costa Rica. In the articles, we tried to address investors fears by answering questions about Coopenae , but in the process left out the fact that, in addition to being a legal resident, …

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Mar 08 2012

Speak Spanish at the Doctor’s Office – Video

Featured Speak Spanish Video: Speak Spanish at the Doctor’s Office    

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Mar 08 2012

The EBAIS – Where Healthcare Starts

Updated 4/1/2015 The Caja is Costa Rica’s public health care system. The full name is the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). For many expats living here, their experience is limited to getting their carnet (health system enrollment card) at the Social Security office and getting prescriptions or lab tests through the Caja. But in …

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