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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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What Does the Expat Need to Know Before Moving Abroad?

In June 2013, I sold my house and cars, quit my job, and moved to a small town in the highlands of Costa Rica with my husband and 2 children.  As exciting and glamorous as it sounds, I also found … Continue reading

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How do I fund my move abroad?

Inevitably, when discussing our move to Costa Rica, I am asked this question:  How were you able to afford moving to another country?  After all, whether or not someone has the option to embark on an adventure like this boils … 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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Trip to the Pacific Coast, Pt 1: Quepos and Manuel Antonio

Vamos a la playa… One of our goals for moving to Costa Rica is to get to know the country and travel to the different regions as much as possible.  Last week we traveled to the Pacific Coast and had … Continue reading

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Why We Moved, Part 2: My career bubble burst

Turning crisis into opportunity…. There is a host of personal and professional reasons as to why we uprooted ourselves from our idyllic, suburban, American fairytale life to live in a developing country.  Not only that, we moved from one of … Continue reading

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