Tag: Culture

Mar 07 2019

Costa Rica: One of the World’s Happiest Countries

Costa Rica has recently received more acknowledgement for what it’s doing right, this time from the World Economic Forum, in it’s January 31, 2019 article, “Costa Rica is one of the world’s happiest countries. Here’s what it does differently.” In the article, Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, is quoted as saying, “Seventy years ago, …

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May 27 2018

10 Tips on How to Thrive as an Expat in Costa Rica

Starting a new life in a different country is certainly challenging, initially it may all seem exciting and romantic, like a long vacation, but as time goes by you start falling into the realization that this is your new reality, and adapting to it might not be simple, even if you speak the language and …

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Feb 27 2017

Con Mucho Gusto: The Tico Way

The kindness of Ticos never ceases to amaze me, but perhaps it should. They just keep proving to us over and over again how willing they are to help. Paul and I were driving in Palmares the other day, looking for a furniture factory to check out their sofas, tables, and chairs for our new …

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Jul 12 2014

Were Costa Ricans Always Pura Vida? — Where History Meets the Movies

Literally, the expression “pura vida” means “pure life.” It describes a peaceful, tranquil and free-from-impurities existence. For the Costa Ricans, the phrase “pura vida” means much more:  It has become the popular but unofficial national motto. This motto is associated with all Costa Ricans world-wide. Where did the phrase “pura vida” come from? Costa Ricans started using the expression “pura …

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Mar 11 2014

Costa Rica’s Museums: A Great Way to Spend the Day in San Jose

We love Costa Rica’s museums. We plan to visit them all, but so far we’ve only been to four of them: The Gold Museum The Numismatic Museum The Children’s Museum The Jade Museum One of the great things about them is that they are small – you can get through them in less than 2 …

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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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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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Aug 20 2013

Costa Rica in 1947

Take a step into the Way-back Machine to get a look at Costa Rica 66 years ago. This video has already made it’s way around several of the Costa Rica blogs, but if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth a view.  

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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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