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Jul 21 2015

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

On a recent visit to Mexico City, we hired a driver to take us to the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. Xochimilco (pronounced, sochi-milko – in Aztec meaning ‘place of the flowers’) is a network of canals and man-made islands originally used by the Aztecs. In pre-Hispanic Mexico , in the valley where Mexico City stands was a lake called Lago …

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May 28 2015

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: Meet Steve and See What He’s Growing (Video)

Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve – Meet Steve and See What He’s Growing Related Articles: Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: Soil Solutions Gardening in Costa Rica with Steve: The Challenges From the Peace Corps to Retirement in Costa Rica, by Steve Johnson

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Dec 06 2014

Estelí, Nicaragua: Whoa!

In October, 2014, we visited Estelí, Nicaragua for two weeks and really enjoyed getting to know the town. It’s largely rural once you get out of the downtown area. And you never know what you’ll see along the road. Here’s a short little video shot from our taxi that will make you smile!   Related Articles: Our …

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Dec 06 2014

The Murals of Estelí, Nicaragua

In October, 2014, we were in Estelí, Nicaragua for two weeks. As we explored the city by bus, taxi, and on foot, we saw beautiful murals, most  painted, others done in mosaics, and some which added recycled items like soda bottle caps and beer can tabs.  We’ve put together the following video of the murals we …

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Dec 06 2014

Retire for Less Goes to Nicaragua – Spotlight on Estelí

After our 24 day trip to Nicaragua in October, we have lots of things to share with you about our experiences. So, for a while, our newsletters will include a section of info, videos, stories, and photos about Nicaragua. Hope you enjoy learning more about our neighboring country to the north. First off, some basic …

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Nov 24 2014

Retire for Less Goes to Nicaragua – Granada Views Video

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Nicaragua was our four days in Granada. Here’s a short video of the city from high atop the bell tower of La Merced Church:

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Sep 26 2014

Applying for Permanent Residency in Costa Rica

Just yesterday, September 25, 2014, we applied for permanent residency status in Costa Rica. It turned out to be easier than we thought, though speaking Spanish was a great help. The first thing we did was to visit the Migración office in Puntarenas, which is about an hour’s drive from our house. We live about …

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Mar 14 2014

Adventures of a Monkey Mama in Costa Rica

I sit here at the computer with a baby howler monkey on my head. I’m at Howler Monkey/Spider Monkey R&R, monkey-sitting, while their full-time Monkey Mama Michele and Papa Paul are visiting family in the U.S. It’s just me, baby howler Machito (the one on my head), “little girl” howlers Marisol and Millette, “older girl” …

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Jan 09 2014

More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys

It’s a beautiful day at Spider Monkey/Howler Monkey R&R. I am “monkey sitting” this afternoon for three sweet little howlers, or “Congos” as they are called in Costa Rica. Also present are two spider monkeys, Lolita and Chiquito, and two dogs, Magdalena and Tequila. But it’s the three baby howlers I interact with the most. …

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Sep 25 2013

San Ramon Oxcart Parade – Festejos Patronales 2013

One of the biggest events of the annual Festejos Patronales in San Ramon is the Desfile de Boyeros (Oxcart Parade). This year we were both able to get up-close-and-personal with the boyes (oxen) as you will see from a couple of photos in this year’s video (starting at the 2:32 point…yes, that’s me looking silly …

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