Category Archives: Living in Monteverde/Santa Elena

Simplifying in Costa Rica: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

One of the reasons we moved to Costa Rica out all the many countries we considered is it’s prevalent culture of sustainability and conservation.  You can live in Costa Rica and be enslaved by consumerism, produce a ton of trash, … 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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5 Lessons Learned From Living Without A Car In Costa Rica

In the previous post, I listed the many benefits of walking instead of driving.  After living this way for several months, I have learned many valuable lessons from walking. Slow down.  Before we moved to Costa Rica, I used to … 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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Learn the Language

“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages”.        –
Dave Barry One of the … Continue reading

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Get Out and Hike…..No Matter Where You Live

As I have posted earlier this week, part of expat life involves adapting to the local culture.   One of the ways to adapt to the local culture is to do as the locals.  Well lucky for me, hiking is … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned From Moving to Another Country

“It is a bitter-sweet thing, knowing two cultures. Once you leave your birthplace nothing is ever the same.” ― Sarah Turnbull, Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris I knew from the start that moving to another country … Continue reading

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Redesigning Your Finances to Move Abroad: Others have done it, you can too!

Everyone always asks about the money…. When I would talk to acquaintances, colleagues, friends and family back in the USA about our plans to move to Costa Rica, I was met with all kinds of responses: awe, admiration, curiosity, thinly-veiled … Continue reading

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Monteverde Sustainability Projects: Finca La Querencia

I am part of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) here in Monteverde that I love!  Finca La Querencia is a diversified, multiple-family farm in the San Luis Valley.  The farmers integrate alternative energy systems into their production of dairy, coffee, and … Continue reading

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Must Do in Monteverde: Bajo Del Tigre

One of my favorite spots to go hiking in Monteverde is Bajo del Tigre, the only section of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest that is open to walk-in visitors. Kara especially likes going to Bajo del Tigre because her friend lives … Continue reading

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