Gloria Yeatman

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Mar 15 2013

Info About New License Plates in Costa Rica

As often happens when new laws are enacted in Costa Rica (and, I am sure, elsewhere in the world), there is a lot of confusion about the details. The issue of new “mandatory” license plates is no exception. The Tico Times recently published an article that explains that the new plates are NOT mandatory yet …

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Feb 10 2013

Meeting You Face-to-Face

In January, we had several opportunities to meet and talk with folks who read our website regularly and it really hit me that we write here makes a difference in people’s lives. So I wanted to start off this month by saying a big “Thank you!” Thank you for reading, thank you for trusting us, …

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Dec 22 2012

Moving On: Part II — Change is Hard. Really.

Even when it’s a good change, it’s still change. It disrupts your habits (which can be good), relocates all of your possessions, and messes with your body and mind. And if you have pets, well, it can freak them out. We moved into our new rental house this past week and spent the night for …

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Dec 22 2012

Moving On: Part I

One of the great things about renting is that you are free to pick up and move so much more easily. We have always thought that it would be great to try living in other parts of Costa Rica, or even to visit other countries, like Mexico, Ecuador and Nicaragua, for months at a time. …

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Nov 30 2012

Costa Rica Isn’t for Everyone?

(Updated October 27, 2015) Jackie, one of our readers wrote, “I have read in your newsletter that Costa Rica is not for everyone. (Others) say the same thing… My question is, just what is it about Costa Rica that is not for everyone? In your opinion, other than the language difference, what are the three …

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Nov 15 2012

Considering a “Typical Tico House”

When we got a call from a Tico friend that his house was coming available for rent, we started thinking about moving from our beloved cabina. Why, you may ask? Well, our house in Baltimore is currently rented to a family who intend to buy it in a year or so. We know that we …

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Oct 13 2012

CPI Immersion Spanish School – Choose the Best!

Paul and I decided that, though we can usually “get by” with our current levels of Spanish, it was time for some more intensive lessons, so we went to visit CPI on the recommendation of a friend who went there many years ago.  We were really impressed with the lovely campus, the well-rounded programs they …

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Sep 03 2012

Festivities of the Patron Saints of San Ramón Parrish

Festejos Patronales San Ramón 2012 The Crowning of the Queen The 12-day Festejos Patronales San Ramón 2012 (Festivities of the Patron Saints of the San Ramón Parrish) kicked off on Friday, August 24th, but preparations began much earlier. Not only did it take over a month to build the temporary structures, staging, booths, and cooking …

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Jul 19 2012

Our 2012 Annual Cost of Living Update-First Six Months

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In the 2011 update on our cost of living in Costa Rica, we talked about the areas of savings we experienced over living in the United States. We broke down our living expenses here in Costa Rica, with emphasis in the big areas of housing, food and healthcare. Then we shared a breakdown of our …

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Apr 15 2012

Celebrating Earth Day 2012

Living in Costa Rica, I feel we are naturally living much closer to the earth. We live our days based on the season and the weather. When the hard rains come in September and October, we run our errands in the mornings and nap or read in the afternoons. While we can get fresh produce …

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