So you want to move to Costa Rica… Are you looking for the good life? That Pura Vida thing you keep hearing about? Do you yearn for a simpler life? An ecofriendly paradise where you can live naturally, live like a millionaire, do yoga, and leave a small carbon footprint upon the Earth?
Have you heard about the driving in Costa Rica? If you know anyone who’s been here, I’m willing to bet you have. Is it really that bad? Well, it can be. Unless you grew up driving in Costa Rica like I did, driving here can be more than a little intimidating.
Costa Rica’s very existence is in great part thanks to the “grano de oro,” the golden grain, and I’m proud to say Costa Rican coffee is in my blood!
I can’t count the number of times I’ve sung the Himno Nacional and the Himno Patriótico, both as a teacher and as a mother. This year, I sing them as a citizen, and the thought is putting a smile on my face.
Tracing family ancestry: I somehow became the guardian of the oral history of my family… And so, I write.
Food quality in Costa Rica has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. It can be a challenge to eat organically or sustainably here, and unless you are raising your own food, you will have to make adjustments and concessions.
Grocery shopping here won’t be like it was in your home country. Pantry storage will also require different strategies.
Today would have been my mother’s birthday, and I want to honor her by taking a look back at the Costa Rica she knew.
One of the biggest comments I hear from foreigners about Costa Rican food is, “do they eat anything except rice and beans?!” Costa Rica’s national dish is Tico comfort food.
Ticos have some interesting ways to express certain concepts, and they’re called tiquismos.
Lluvia means rain. Simple enough. But why call it lluvia, when there are so many more precise ways to describe the precipitation that falls from the clouds in Costa Rica?
Instructions to Costa Rica visitors always include, “look down at where you’re going, then glance up at the sights. Repeat. If you want to really take in the sights, stop walking!” Exploring Costa Rica means doing a lot of walking, and I want to help you do it safely.
The aroma of scrubby cypress trees and damp earth unexpectedly and vividly transported me in time and place to my Costa Rican childhood days.
The tradition-breaking inauguration was just amazing in and of itself. If this is any indication of what is to come, Costa Rica has elected a very special person to the presidency.
Rainy season, green season, or just winter–I hope you’re ready for it, because it’s on the doorstep! Luckily, I love the rainy season, despite the occasional inconveniences. Each season has its charm.