Paul Yeatman

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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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Jul 15 2013

CPI, For a Great “Spanish” Vacation

Gloria and I were at CPI’s language immersion school last week. While we were there, we noticed some families taking a different kind of vacation. What we saw were three generations traveling together and learning Spanish – kids, parents, and grandparents. It was something they could do together as a family, a kind of cultural vacation. I …

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Jun 10 2013

Have a Reserve Fund for Emergencies

If you’re retiring overseas and you have a pension or Social Security, that’s fine. But you better bring a cash reserve as well. How much? I don’t know. Bring what you can. Recently we suggested at least $20,000, but $120,000 would be better, and $220,000 even better. And when I say “bring down” I don’t …

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Jun 10 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: See the “Doctor” at Clinica de Ropa

Sometimes my clothes are “sick” and need repair – a hem, a new zipper, a tear to be mended, a hole to be patched, buttons to be sewn on, or maybe elastic to be replaced. So what do I do? Why, it’s simple! Just take those worn-out but fixable rags to the Clinic, of course. …

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May 11 2013

Our Four Year Review of Living in Costa Rica

On April 1, 2013, we celebrated four years of living in Costa Rica. In reflecting on our experience, I thought I’d encapsulate my thoughts about our Costa Rican adventure in the following 11 areas. The People This is my favorite one. The people are so much more wonderful than I originally expected. It’s the main …

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Apr 21 2013

Simple Pleasures: My Morning Walk

I always look forward to my morning walk. I’m up at 5:10 am and out the door at 5:45 am. I meet up with two neighbors at 5:50 am and off we go. Round-trip is only 3.6 miles but half is up, up, up. It’s 30 minutes down, and 30 minutes back up. Anyone who …

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Apr 02 2013

17 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Move to Costa Rica

Facts updated February 25, 2018 Recently, after one of our 5-hour San Ramon tours, our client, Steve F. said that we were not balanced enough, that we tried to sell Costa Rica and San Ramón. Granted, it wasn’t our usual tour since the only time they had available was a Sunday, so almost everything was …

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Apr 02 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Sign Up for Skype, Vonage, or Magicjack

Communication is very important for expats today. Why, without it, I think we’d have fewer expats. The ability to communicate with those back home via Skype, Vonage, or MagicJack is the big difference between expats of 20+ years ago and today. All three – Skype,Vonage, and MagicJack – can save you lots of money over …

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Mar 15 2013

When is the Best Time to Visit Costa Rica?

Many Costa Rica websites lead you to believe that the dry season (high season) is the only time to visit Costa Rica. Generally, they are referring to the time between December 1st and May 1st, when it is drier in the Central Valley and on the Pacific Coast.  They insinuate that the rainy season is …

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Mar 14 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Save on Car Repairs

Car repairs are a real bargain in Costa Rica. I know I write about cars a lot — should you buy or not buy a car? Should you ship a car or get one here? For us expats, a car also acts like a barrier to integration, even though it’s very convenient. And plenty of …

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