Tag: QualityofLife

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 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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Jan 12 2013

Update: America’s No Place to Get Old In

Last month, Paul wrote about my comment several years ago that “America is no place to get old in.” In that article, he stated, “Costa Rica, on the other hand, is a great place to get old in. And for all the right reasons — civility, caring, respect, and relatively inexpensive health care.” We see …

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Dec 22 2012

In the Mailbag – December 2012

In the Mailbag From time to time, we receive notes from our readers that we think would be helpful to others, so we will begin publishing them, with the writer’s permission, in our “Mailbag” section. We chose the following note to share with you, not because the writer is complimentary to us, but because it …

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Oct 20 2012

Another Reason We Chose Costa Rica – the People

We always knew this one and could kick ourselves for not adding it to our “Why we chose Costa Rica” list earlier. The longer we’re here, the more we’ve come to realize just how amazing the people are. They have welcomed us from the start. They’ve been civil, courteous, and warm. In some other countries …

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Aug 06 2012

Money vs. Time

I always tell people that time is more valuable than money at our age, realizing, of course, that we need enough money to live. It seems to me, when you are 60+, the creating of wealth becomes secondary to the time we have left on this earth. In Costa Rica, most expats pay cash for …

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Jun 23 2012

How do you define happiness?

Happiness can be different things to different people, but what is it really? One definition is that it is a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Another says that “Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure.” And “Martin Seligman, …

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Jun 23 2012

Enjoying the Life

Today, for me, is one of those perfect rainy season mornings. The sky is blue, with puffy clouds in the distance. I’m sitting on our patio, drinking my coffee, watching and listening to all the activity going on around me. Our cats are mesmerized by movements in our flower beds – geckos and insects mostly …

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Apr 15 2012

On Community Service and Integration

Those of you who have been reading our newsletters for a while know that we are involved in an organization called the Community Action Alliance. We have proudly served as members of the Steering Committee for the past two years. The Alliance is built around a set of core values that include: a focus on action …

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Apr 05 2012

Just Another Day in Paradise?

Sometimes, even living here in Costa Rica, the daily grind can get to me. What, you say? Life in paradise is less than perfect? And I would have to say yes. Even here, daily life can become routine at times. Now before I write more, let me say that this is not a rant or …

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