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Aug 28 2014

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In the Mailbag – August 27, 2014

Here’s a sampling of some of the email we’ve received lately. (Note: all mail used with permission.)

First, a comment about our article on fighting mold and mildew in the tropics:

Howdy Gloria, Just read the latest newsletter article regarding m & m. The remedy regarding the use of lights reminded me of my time in Guam many years ago. Every home had at least one closet which was known as a “Hot Locker.” There was always a low wattage light bulb glowing in there, and it worked amazingly well at keeping the m & m at bay. It was also noted that anything not secured in hermetically sealed canisters would develop the blue green pallor. To this day, I recall those days in Guam and often remark about the use of hot lockers. In fact I spoke to a few folks about that very subject (recently).” ~ Don

A Reader Learns Spanish at CPI

If you’ve been reading our site for a while, you know we recommend CPI immersion language school. It’s the school we take lessons at and we think they do a great job. They have three locations in Costa Rica. We go to the Heredia school, but one of our readers spent some time at their school in Monteverde. Here’s what she had to say:

I’m writing to tell you of my experiences with CPI in Monteverde. I had researched several Spanish language schools in CR and in Nicaragua and decided to try CPI upon your recommendation. Oh wow, I was not disappointed for an instant. The entire staff are friendly and ready to help. I had some difficulties with my homestay family (it was a matter of personalities, nothing more), and within a few short hours Muni found another place for me that suited my needs perfectly. My teacher, Sylvia, allowed me to move at my own pace, yet she kept my feet to the fire, which I really needed. She was a pure delight. The lunch that you can opt to buy at CPI for around 3,000 colones was ample, delicious and nutritious. There’s a wonderful panaderia just down the street, Jiminez, that serves some of the best coffee I’ve ever had, and that’s saying something in Costa Rica. They have breakfast, sandwiches and sinful desserts. I visited them frequently, and my waistline will prove it. They also have WIFI.

CPI Monteverde Campus

CPI Monteverde Campus

The buildings and grounds are stunning and extremely well kept. Directly across the street from the school is a vista of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Nicoya Peninsula; on my last day of class there was a huge rainbow that framed the entire view. It just so happened that I was the only person in my class, and while being “on” for 4 hours with only a 20 minute break was exhausting, CPI did not cancel the class because there were not enough students. CPI has connections with several tour companies, so there is never a shortage of things to do after class. I took the canopy tour and was delighted to discover that it was the same place I had taken the zip line tour when I first visited Costa Rica 10 years ago. It brought back many exciting memories. My only regret is that the week ended so quickly. I will definitely come back to CPI, probably in Heredia next time. With the discount offered through Retire for Less in Costa Rica, it was a very affordable opportunity to immerse myself in the language. I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with CPI, and I very highly recommend them. They are professional and friendly, and their primary goal is to make your stay as comfortable and rewarding as they can. They certainly did so for me.

~ Lynn

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