Author Archives: Noemi Gamel

About Noemi Gamel

Noemi Gamel is a physician who prefers writing diverse children's fantasy stories instead of medical charts. She is a geeky nomad, too.

Merry Christmas From Costa Rica!

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season.  I am so grateful for all the blessings we as a family have received in the past year.  This week my parents, sister, brother-in-law, nieces, and nephew are visiting us in … Continue reading

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4 Bad Reasons to Move to Costa Rica

In my previous post, I blogged about 4 good reasons to move to Costa Rica.  In this post, I will discuss the bad reasons.  I am not trying to discourage potential expats from coming to the land of Pura Vida! … Continue reading

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4 Good Reasons to Move to Costa Rica

Before you move to Costa Rica, you must search within yourself to gain insight as to your motivations.  If you move for the right reasons, your chances of successful cultural integration will increase.  Below are 4 good reasons to move … Continue reading

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5 Amazing Perks of Parenting in Costa Rica as an Expat

In my previous post, I blogged about the challenges of parenting as an expat in Costa Rica.  As intense as it is to raise third culture kids, these are offset by all the wonderful benefits of being a parent in … Continue reading

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5 Challenges of Parenting in Costa Rica as an Expat

My children tell me I have changed a lot as a parent in a positive way since we moved from Texas to Costa Rica.  I think there are many reasons for these changes that are completely independent of living here, such … Continue reading

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What Is It Like to Be an Expat Parent in Costa Rica?

Kara, my tween daughter, recently confided a story to me recently that made me cringe inside.  The local custom in Costa Rica is to dump organic waste (banana peels, uneaten rice/beans, and other food waste products) outside as compost.  We … Continue reading

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Reflections on Being a SAHM vs Corporate Mom: Is There a Happy Middle?

Last week, as the kids and I were walking to the Monteverde Library, which is about a 45 minute walk from our house, Tristan, my 7 year-old boy, and I had a good little chat.  It went like this: Tristan: … Continue reading

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