Tag: DailyLife

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

Costa Rica’s Café Chorreado

by Gayle Sommers Coffee is an interesting thing here in Costa Rica. Like apples in WA State, the best coffee is exported, but there’s still a lot available, from many locations around the area…I’ve experimented with a number of different brands, probably trying out at least 15 different kinds, but still barely scratching the surface. …

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Oct 26 2013

Engaging People and Learning a Culture

It’s always amazed me how Paul engages people in conversations. And he never has any agenda other than meeting someone nice and being genuinely interested in them. Paul has spoken some Spanish since well before I met him, over 11 years ago. Whenever we went out to dinner, back in Baltimore, he would chat with …

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Sep 25 2013

An Easy Way to Integrate and Meet People in Your Community

Tom Bunker Moving anywhere can be a huge undertaking. Moving to a different country with a different language and culture can make it just that much harder to get your bearings and put down new roots. Marcia and I found that the best way to meet a lot of people and get involved was to …

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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

On Integration: Living in Costa Rica

by Tom Bunker This is a follow-up to my previous article describing how Marcia and I ended up here. Now that we have lived here for over 2-1/2 years, we are enjoying our new lives and community. Throughout this article, you will see some photos of examples of daily life. Like everyone, I have my opinions …

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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 15 2013

A Tour of the ICE Hydroelectric Plant

Paul has been walking every morning, routinely meeting a couple of our neighbors before 6am. Since I am not a morning person, I am still lazing in bed while he is working up a sweat. They walk down, down, down the mountain to the Barranca River, then turn around and walk back up, up, up. …

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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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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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