Category Archives: Reflections

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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Reflections on Thanksgiving and Gratitude In Pictures

In the end, I am thankful for family and friends.  I am thankful that I am able to see the world, even though I own little of it. Share your favorite Thanksgiving moments, no matter what time of the year … Continue reading

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Reflections on Simplifying in Costa Rica: I can live without these

As I reflect on ways we have simplified our lives since moving to Costa Rica, I amazed by how many things we live without that I previously thought were absolutely essential.  This is a partial list of things I used … Continue reading

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Reflections of Culture Shock in Film

The following anecdotes depict some of the greatest sources of culture shock for me in Costa Rica.  These are not meant to be judgmental, just observations of some of the cultural differences that unnerved me initially, but I have now … Continue reading

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Reflections on Our Trip to the Pantanal, Brazil

While traveling to the exotic Brazilian jungle may seem glamorous, the journey was not always perfect.  Not only was getting there painfully long, requiring long flights, layovers, uncomfortable truck and boat rides, but my patience and parenting skills were tested … Continue reading

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Reflections on Eating in Costa Rica

I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks of blog info about eating in Costa Rica.  Being Mexican mom, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I equate food with love, so these blog posts are dear … Continue reading

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Reflections About Buying Food in Monteverde in Pictures

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Reflections of Pura Vida in Pictures

These are pictures in my files that conjure up the meaning of Pura Vida for me.  Enjoy.   Share a picture of that reflects what Pura Vida means to you in the comments below. Pura Vida!

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Reflections on Living Without a Car

The kids don’t fear to speak to me…. When my family and I head into town to go to the market or a restaurant or run errands, we spend the time talking.  Since I no longer turn into Traffic Mama, … 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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