Tag: Videos

Nov 24 2014

Retire for Less Goes to Nicaragua – Granada Views Video

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Nicaragua was our four days in Granada. Here’s a short video of the city from high atop the bell tower of La Merced Church:

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Sep 26 2014

Applying for Permanent Residency in Costa Rica

Just yesterday, September 25, 2014, we applied for permanent residency status in Costa Rica. It turned out to be easier than we thought, though speaking Spanish was a great help. The first thing we did was to visit the Migración office in Puntarenas, which is about an hour’s drive from our house. We live about …

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Mar 14 2014

Adventures of a Monkey Mama in Costa Rica

I sit here at the computer with a baby howler monkey on my head. I’m at Howler Monkey/Spider Monkey R&R, monkey-sitting, while their full-time Monkey Mama Michele and Papa Paul are visiting family in the U.S. It’s just me, baby howler Machito (the one on my head), “little girl” howlers Marisol and Millette, “older girl” …

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Jan 09 2014

More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys

It’s a beautiful day at Spider Monkey/Howler Monkey R&R. I am “monkey sitting” this afternoon for three sweet little howlers, or “Congos” as they are called in Costa Rica. Also present are two spider monkeys, Lolita and Chiquito, and two dogs, Magdalena and Tequila. But it’s the three baby howlers I interact with the most. …

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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 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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Jan 24 2013

Time to Trim the Banana Plants! – Video

In December and January, Costa Rica can be a very breezy place. The wind can shred the broad green leaves of  banana plants into fringes. And whether it’s windy or not, leaves die and turn brown all year round. So every three or four months, our gardener trims the banana plants to neaten them up. …

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Jan 12 2013

Paul’s New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Get the Gardener Mad!

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Apr 05 2012

An Introduction to Finca Luna Nueva

One of our most interesting trips recently was to Finca Luna Nueva, located in the northern part of the Cantón of San Ramón, about one hour and 45 minutes from where we live. Though things are getting brown here on the Pacific side of the mountain range that runs through the center of the country, …

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