Gloria Yeatman

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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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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

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 27 2013

Questions and Answers: Converting Money Into Colones

If you are thinking about moving to Costa Rica (or anywhere unfamiliar, for that matter), you have lots of questions and are searching for the answers. We get a lot of questions here at Retire for Less in Costa Rica, and often, we get the same questions more than once. So we’re starting a new …

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Jul 15 2013

Cooking Class in Oaxaca Mexico – Muy Sabroso!

For me, one of the highlights of our trip to Mexico was taking a cooking class at Casa Crespo in Oaxaca. Sure, I can make quesadillas and burritos, even fajitas, but the preparation is more Tex-Mex style. True Mexican cuisine is so different than what we’re used to in the U.S. and I wanted to …

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Jul 15 2013

Appreciating the Mist

It’s misty today. We’re deep into the rainy season and, while it doesn’t rain every day, we seem to spend part of most days in the clouds. They make everything look mysterious, as if there could be some secret place just beyond them. I can hear the river, now replenished from the recent rains, rushing …

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Apr 21 2013

Reinventing Yourself in Retirement

(Updated October 28, 2015) A couple of years ago, we received an email from Rob, who was considering the idea of retiring in Costa Rica. He wrote, “After the finances, my biggest worry is how I will spend my time.  I have read about male expats who spend a lot of time at the bar because they …

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Apr 20 2013

9 Tips to Find Your “Perfect Place” in Costa Rica

Okay, you’ve visited Costa Rica a couple of times, read everything you can get your hands on, and you’ve decided to retire here. The reality of such a big move hits you, and you want to make sure that every decision along the way is the right one for you. I don’t blame you. San …

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Apr 02 2013

A Day in the Life – March 17, 2013

It’s Sunday morning and we are finally getting some “down time.” Sounds funny, doesn’t it? Here we are, retired in Costa Rica, and we’re busy. We’re often on-the-go. The difference is that we are only as busy as we choose to be. We had a long day in the sun yesterday after  spending the day …

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