Monthly Archives: September 2013

Can You Live Without a Car in Monteverde, Costa Rica?

When I was exploring different destinations for my move abroad, I wanted somewhere I could live without a car.  In San Antonio, like most families, we owned two cars.  I drove a cute Mazda 5 “micro-minivan” and Chris drove a … Continue reading

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What Do I Do About My Children’s Education?

One of the most important factors contributing to our decision to move to Costa Rica was our children’s education.  Every time we would consider another country or city during our exploration process, the first thing I would do is look … Continue reading

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What Do I Do With All My Stuff?

So you have decided to move abroad.  You chose your destination, arranged your finances accordingly, and gave your boss 2 weeks notice….or in my case I told him 6 months in advance that I was moving to another country.  Academic … Continue reading

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What Do I Do With My Pets?

One of the most difficult decisions we had to make before moving to Costa Rica was what to do with our dogs.  We had two wonderful dogs who had been part of our family for many years.  Kuma, a mixed … Continue reading

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What Type of VISA or RESIDENCY Do I Need to Move to Costa Rica?

Disclosure:  I obtained the information for this blog post from the websites for the Costa Rican Embassy, the Association of Costa Residents, advice we received from an immigration service in the US, and information from our children’s school.  This information … Continue reading

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Where should I move abroad?

Where in the world will you go? Once you decide you want to move abroad, the next question is where?  Before deciding on Costa Rica, we went through a long process to decide where to move. It is very exciting going through the process of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Moving Abroad and Being an Expat

“You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, … Continue reading

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