Tag Archive: Integration

Jan 02 2014

Finding Inspiration in Costa Rica

It’s the beginning of a new year and I’m feeling inspired! Sometimes I think of what gives me inspiration – inspiration to pick up a pen and write, inspiration to carry on with life, or inspiration just to be happy. The vistas and landscapes in Costa Rica are inspiring, it’s true, but that’s not it …

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Nov 16 2013

In the Mailbag – November 15, 2013

In the Mailbag We got a lot of feedback about last month’s Special Integration Issue. We though we’d share a couple of them with you:   Hey Guys, Just wanted to let ya’ll know that I really enjoyed month’s newsletter. Especially the ideas on integration and the article by Ana on the funeral proceedings for …

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Nov 16 2013

Why Are People Leaving Costa Rica?

“What do you think it means?” they asked us. “I just heard that another couple is moving back to the States. How many does that make now?” Of course, implied in that question is the fear that Costa Rica is no longer a good place to retire. …and that’s a reasonable concern, especially if you …

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Oct 26 2013

Integration 101: Being Bien Educado

How you speak and what you say are all part of la buena educación, “good upbringing,” a very important trait in the eyes of Spaniards and Latin Americans. This is not related to schooling but how you treat others…Personal hygiene and courtesy are of primary importance, from the look of the fingernails to table manners …

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Oct 26 2013

Community – Lost and Then Found

by Ana Rodriguez Del Valle As an adult I always wanted to belong to a “community.” I left Cuba for the United States at 13, old enough to remember what it was like to walk everywhere, to know all your neighbors, to sit at the park with the street dogs running around, to buy freshly baked …

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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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Jun 26 2013

Downsizing: It’s All “Stuff”

By Tom Bunker To ship or not to ship. That is the question. There are many differing opinions on this subject. Here’s a perspective on the joy of downsizing. Marcia and I have gone through this process twice and we can give you a few tips and things to consider. If you get nothing else …

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May 11 2013

10 Ways to Fit In When You Retire in Costa Rica

by Tom Bunker My wife, Marcia, and I have lived in Costa Rica for almost 3 years. We have made many friends and are well-known by most of the community. We moved here from Southern California where our lives were very different. We lived in a nice house in a nice neighborhood and I can …

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