Category Archives: Travel

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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Pantantal, Brazil 2013: Part 3, And Finally….The Jaguar!

Full Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  We received a small discount for professional courtesy from Southwild.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  In Parts 1 and 2 of my Pantanal Trip blog series, I talked about staying … Continue reading

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Pantantal, Brazil 2013: Part 2, River Otters, Caiman, and Birds…Oh My!

Full Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  We received a small discount for professional courtesy from Southwild.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please visit my previous post for Part 1 one our trip. … Continue reading

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Pantantal, Brazil 2013: Part 1, Getting There and the Lodge

Full Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post.  We received a small discount for professional courtesy from Southwild.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  We were blessed to have the opportunity to travel to … 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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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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Border Hop: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

“Border hops” or “visa runs” are an inevitable fact of life for the expat living in Costa Rica on a tourist visa.  The rule is that as a “perpetual tourist” you must leave the country every 90 days for 72 … Continue reading

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Must Do in Monteverde: The Butterfly Garden

We stumbled upon the Monteverde Butterfly Garden by chance.  Chris had read about it in the wonderful, inspiring book “One Year Off”.  During the first week we were here, we stayed at Los Pinos, and we saw a sign for … Continue reading

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Must Do in Costa Rica: Monteverde Biological Reserve

A trip to Costa Rica would not be complete without a visit to the Monteverde/Santa Elena area.  And while you are here you must visit the Monteverde Biological Reserve (MBR).  After living in the Monteverde area for almost 6 weeks, … Continue reading

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Trip to the Pacific Coast, Pt 2: Dominical….My mommy nightmare in a surfer’s paradise

The Villa….. Thanks to the owner’s careful directions, we found our Villa at Canto del Mar with no problem.  The place was absolutely beautiful.  There was a small private plunge pool, a cute outdoor dining area with breathtaking views of … Continue reading

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