Tag Archive: DailyLife

Mar 29 2015

In the Mailbag: Shopping for “New” Clothes and Buying a Car: Yes or No?

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Shopping for “New” Clothes In response to my recent report of a shopping spree at Ropa Americana in our February 6th newsletter, and our “Money Saving Tip” to buy your clothes there, Lynn …

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Feb 27 2015

From the Peace Corps to Retirement in Costa Rica, by Steve Johnson

by Steve Johnson Hi Guys. I’m the new weather reporter from San Rafael de Heredia, (actually, Concepcion de San Rafael), which, given the microclimates here, is practically on another planet. My story about retiring here is a bit unusual, and I thought some of you might be interested. Retiring to Costa Rica was the fulfillment …

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Aug 28 2014

The Truth about Living in Costa Rica: The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy, by Josh Linnes

by Josh Linnes (Originally published by Viva Tropical on August 8, 2014. Used with permission.) Also includes annotations by Paul and Gloria in green (updated 10/26/15). Photos by retireforlessincostarica.com. It’s easy to find tons of articles and information out there highlighting all the great benefits of living in Costa Rica. But it’s also easy to read those …

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Aug 10 2014

What Do You Do All Day? Check Out the CAA!

People always ask us, “What do you do all day?” They are so used to doing and producing in North America, they just can’t imagine having a future that’s so open-ended. Well, we have a good answer: VOLUNTEER. It’s something you can do all over Costa Rica. Practically any town of any size will have some …

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Jan 09 2014

Our December 2013 Costa Rica Cost of Living

Another calendar year has ended and, in our next newsletter, we’ll share our end-of-year cost of living report, including monthly averages for each category. In the meantime, here’s how we did for the month December, 2013. Like most people, we spent more on groceries in December. We did more entertaining in our home, and Gloria …

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Jan 02 2014

Driving—and Learning—in Costa Rica

When I was 16 years old, I learned to drive a car. I went to drivers’ ed at my high school. Mr. Ball, who also taught math, was my drivers ed instructor. I drove the big, white, Ford Galaxie 500 that my father had bought me at the used car lot. It had an automatic …

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Nov 16 2013

Costa Rica’s Café Chorreado

by Gayle Sommers Coffee is an interesting thing here in Costa Rica. Like apples in WA State, the best coffee is exported, but there’s still a lot available, from many locations around the area…I’ve experimented with a number of different brands, probably trying out at least 15 different kinds, but still barely scratching the surface. …

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Oct 26 2013

Engaging People and Learning a Culture

It’s always amazed me how Paul engages people in conversations. And he never has any agenda other than meeting someone nice and being genuinely interested in them. Paul has spoken some Spanish since well before I met him, over 11 years ago. Whenever we went out to dinner, back in Baltimore, he would chat with …

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Oct 26 2013

Integration – The Path to New Adventures

When you move to a foreign country, many things will be different than in your home country. The people may speak a different language, their customs and food won’t be the same as back home. They may look different, and the way they do things might not make sense to you. You may be tempted …

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Sep 25 2013

An Easy Way to Integrate and Meet People in Your Community

Tom Bunker Moving anywhere can be a huge undertaking. Moving to a different country with a different language and culture can make it just that much harder to get your bearings and put down new roots. Marcia and I found that the best way to meet a lot of people and get involved was to …

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