Category Archives: An Action Worth Doing

7 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Grateful

We have all seen ungrateful kids: The child who turns their nose up on a meal served to them.  The child who does not say thank-you after opening their Christmas presents.  The child who throws a tantrum because their parent … Continue reading

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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” 7 Actions to Help You Overcome Culture Shock

As I mentioned in my previous post, the term “culture shock” is a misnomer because it is not necessarily an acute event, but rather a series of sensations experienced over time when a person is immersed in an unfamiliar environment … Continue reading

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Hire a Tica to Teach You How to Cook

Tico cuisine is naturally low in fat, sodium and calories.  The locals use very little fat in their cooking.  They eat their vegetables fresh, steamed, or lightly sautéed. They don’t refry their beans in lard or bacon grease as is … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Shop at La Feria

One of the best things about living in Monteverde is the Feria de Agricultor, or farmer’s market that happens every Saturday morning in Santa Elena.  I highly recommend that you visit la Feria if you live here or are traveling … Continue reading

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Take the Pura Vida Challenge!

I the previous post, I blogged about what Pura Vida means.  It is a commonly used phrase in Costa Rica, but it also epitomizes the positive attitude of Tico culture. You don’t need to live in Costa Rica to live … Continue reading

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I Love Walking!

Walking is great.  I am grateful to live in a small town where walking is part of the prevalent culture.  Below are 5 benefits of walking over driving. Better for your health Cities that are walking-friendly such as Boston and … Continue reading

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Participate in Civic Events in Your New Home

One of the ways to ease the expat transition is to participate in community events.  It is a way to meet other people and show respect for your new home country.  Costa Rica celebrated its Independence Day on September 15th. … Continue reading

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