Category Archives: Living in Costa Rica

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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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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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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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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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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