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Hola amigos and amigas! Well I made it through my second week and then some in Costa Rica. I’ve noticed, not unexpectedly, that as before it still takes some time to get things done. I’m fortunate however that since coming here in 2005 I learned that if you expect things to happen on your schedule, it’s doubtful it will happen. Finding a car was one of those items. I’m living about five miles outside of town just north of San Ramon and a car, at least for me, is a must. I like the freedom to be able to take off whenever I want, and I need a car to show real estate and tour clients around the Central Valley. This time around I was smarter about my car purchase than I was for the last ... read more
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I just completed my first week living in Costa Rica, and for the second time in my life. As many of you know, I first moved to this wonderful country in June of 2005. I had returned to the US in May of 2012 to work on a project, and now I’m back, thankfully. So, this blog entry will mostly be about my impressions of moving back here again and my first week living in the tropics. The tropics? It hasn’t felt much like the tropics this week, at least in terms of the temperature and amount of sunshine. In fact, it felt more like the tropics in Washington, DC before I left. That’s okay though because the reason to love Costa Rica—particularly the San Ramon area—is our constant year-round temperature of around 73 to 78 ... read more
Downtown Jaco
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Eight years ago on June 5th, I first stepped foot in Costa Rica with no intention of leaving. I left on May 28th 2012 to work on some projects in the US. That lasted about 14th months. I was able to get the full cycle of seasons in Washington, DC and then some, including a fairly mild and virtually snow-free winter and a summer-and-an-half of some blistering heat (at times). Even though this past winter was mild--certainly by most Washingtonians' standards--it was still too cold for me. I decided that if I can help it, I will never live in a place with a winter again. Winter in Costa Rica is the rainy season or "green season," and green (in it's many forms), is good enough for me. The white stuff, nope, don't want that ever ... read more
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In my last blog entry a few weeks ago, I suggested that I would be announcing something soon. Well, that day has come. On Saturday, July 27th, I will be moving back to Costa Rica. In particular, I will be relocating to San Ramon where I first lived, starting in June of 2005. Here is a great article on San Ramon: url=http://internationalliving.com/2013/03/comfortable-and-convenient-living-in-san-ramon-costa-rica/http://internationalliving.com/2013/03/comfortable-and-convenient-living-in-san-ramon-costa-rica/ I enjoyed my 14 months in Washington, DC. I reconnected with old friends and enjoyed this bustling city. I also worked on some interesting projects. However, not soon after I arrived in Washington, I found the tropics to be calling me back "home." I think it is the year-round warm temperatures, stunning scenery, and slower pace of life that attracts me to Costa Rica. It'... read more
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Hello friends! I hope you remember me?! It's only been three years since I blogged about my life in Costa Rica, running a B&B, tour company and real estate development company. Much has changed since them. Here's the quick run down: 1. Sold the B&B in late 2011. It's new and improved and the current owner, Gary Clegg, is a friend. Check it out at: http://www.angelvalleybnb.com/a/j/ along with all of his great reviews on Trip Advisor. 2. In May of 2012, I moved back to Washington, DC to work on a new project. 3. I told friends via my "year-end email" in December of 2012 that 2013 that this year will likely be one of change once again. I'm not quite read to discuss that change but getting close! My suggestion would be to follow this ... read more

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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » San Ramon November 30th 2012

Raemi and Ian got into San Ramon around 12 on Thanksgiving Thursday! We immediately headed to where they were staying, which was about 15 minutes away from the center of town. It was called Vista Valverde, located on top of a hill where you could see everything: the entire Nicoya peninsula, the ocean, Puntarenas, and the lights of San Ramon. It is quite the sight. The owners, Tom and Susan, are a North American couple from Oklahoma. They were very nice and hospitable. Susan is an excellent cook; I couldn’t wait for breakfast each day. It was so nice to get a touch of food from home. : ) We were staying in our own little cabin, with a kitchen, living room and couch where I slept, and a separate bedroom. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » San Ramon November 21st 2012

I can’t even begin to express how good it feels to be able to understand nearly everything I hear in the streets or conversations I have with people. I may not be able to speak as well as I wanted to be able to, but it amazes me how much more I am able to understand these days. I thought I would be bored these past few days without my friends in town, but I have kept myself pretty busy! It has been quite the experience roaming the streets of San Ramon by myself and making conversation with random people. I have run quite a few errands, and got a lot of things done. I am not ready to come home. The only reason I am excited to come home it too see everyone. If you ... read more


The last two days I have been the littlest bit homesick. I think it is because Janne’ left. I have asked her to write a little bit about her experience in Costa Rica, so I can post it on here. : ) School has been crazy. Last week and in the following week I will have had 2 exams, a paper due, and a 10 minute presentation, all among other homeworks. It doesn’t seem like overly much- but when you don’t have weekends to do homework, it is quite a bit. This weekend we have a 3 day weekend! Today is Alyssa’s 21st birthday, so tomorrow after class we are going to head to the city of San Jose and spend the afternoon there. I am also planning on working on my tan this weekend! Now, ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » San Ramon September 18th 2012

Last night I went out with some friends. ‘Monday night madness.’ A couple girls have host brothers our age, so we went to their house to hang out. They taught us slang and badwords in Spanish and we taught them the equivalent in English. It’s funny how different slang is here than slang that I have previously learned. This morning I had to get up at 5:30 in order to make it to my community service school by 7. WAY TOO EARLY. It took us about 35-40 minutes to walk there and by the time we got there, I was really sweaty. CEN San Pedro, as it is called, is a preschool for low income families. I was surprised to hear that, after seeing the kids- they were all well groomed and well dressed. I was ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » San Ramon September 16th 2012

Ay dios mio... Friday night was the parade of 'faroles'. Everyone had little decorated 'faroles' that had lights or candles in them. Some were homemade, and others were bought. All the kids were so excited. My host family, ashley, and I walked in the parade. Numerous times I thought my hair was going to catch on fire... Not fun. After the parade, all of the linfield students went out to a dance club called Night Fever. It was a really good time. They had music in Spanish that was kinda techno-y but they also played music in Engligh. We were out until 2 AM! Crazy. This morning was the parade for Independence day! The parade was SO long! And we didn't even stay the whole time! There were a lot of different bands, schools marching, and ... read more
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