Tag: DailyLife

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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Dec 04 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Live Where You Don’t Need Heat or Air-Conditioning

Updated April 20, 2015 This is a no-brainer; you can save an easy $200/month. One of the biggest reasons we came to Costa Rica was to “live outside.” This meant no need for air-conditioning or heat. We lived in Baltimore, Maryland before moving here and had high heating and air conditioning bills (over $300 per …

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Nov 30 2012

Raising Your Standard of Living

I’ve always been somewhat confused about the term, “raising your standard of living.” It seems to me that it’s based more on material things than it should be. The dictionary defines standard of living as a “level of material comfort as measured by the goods, services, and luxuries available to, enjoyed by, or aspired to …

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Nov 15 2012

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica – Take Advantage of Free and Inexpensive Classes and Events

People always ask us, “What do you do all day” — hence, our monthly “What’s Up with the Yeatmans?”  There is so much available to do – there are yoga and exercise classes, dancing, entertainment, art classes and exhibits, music classes, everything at low prices, like $10 for a whole 10-week session. In San Ramon, we …

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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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Nov 15 2012

Our Little Lives

We live what I call a “little life.” We’re not trying to impress anyone – we just want to do our own thing. The days pass leisurely, one after the other. One day goes into the next, weeks and months just seem to meld together. We often get the days and dates confused, as we …

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Nov 15 2012

Beach Days

I don’t know what it is about beach day. I just find it so relaxing. I feel just like “buttah” (which you may know as “butter.”) Just think about it for a moment — we can go as often as we want, and we never have to go to work the next day. I’m 66 …

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Oct 20 2012

Book Excerpt 1 from Butterfly in the City

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Oct 06 2012

Thank Heaven for Beans, Wonderful Beans!

Beans are one of the healthiest foods and a staple in the Costa Rican diet. It’s not uncommon for a Costa Rican to eat them three times a day. We eat rice and beans — in our case, brown rice and mostly black beans – at least three times a week. We’ve gotten to really …

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Sep 16 2012

Quit Your Job Right Now?

From time to time, as we do our research, we come across bloggers that really strike our fancy. One such blogger is James Altucher as he writes of a “world out of balance.” When I read James’ article, “10 More Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job Right Now!” I thought of me, my friends, …

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