November 2019

November 2019

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November 22, 2019

Even if you haven't been to Belize, you've probably read articles or blogs that mention the "Belize Experience." This is a common way of describing how life in Belize, or a vacation there, has a unique vibe. There are a number of reasons for this—and it is a real thing.

A Successful Antiques Business in a Very Unlikely Locale

A Successful Antiques Business in a Very Unlikely Locale

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November 20, 2019

When Dianne Heidke was working in the unforgiving world of corporate law in New York, painting was her escape. After her long, grueling work days, she would come home from the office and throw herself into her art. It was not only a release, but a way of supplementing her income.

November 2019

November 2019

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November 15, 2019

Americans often confuse Ecuadorians with our unusual habits and customs. During a leisurely lunch with my long-suffering Spanish teacher, Lucia, we contemplated the influence of expats and tourism, and how our foreign ways don't make sense to many locals—we're all learning about each other.

A California Beach Lifestyle for Less in Coronado

A California Beach Lifestyle for Less in Coronado

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November 13, 2019

From the glittering lights of downtown Panama City, it’s an hour’s drive to the little beach hub of Coronado. In a matter of minutes, there’s a drastic change of view. Zip past the gleaming skyscrapers that line the half-moon of Panama Bay and over the historic Bridge of the Americas, and suddenly, you’re in the country.

November 2019

November 2019

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November 10, 2019

One of my annual to-do's Stateside was to have my teeth cleaned with my long-held dentist. I've done that for the last five years. After all, he had all my records and was inexpensive by North American standards. I also—thankfully—have not had any dental emergencies that required me to seek out a Costa Rican dentist.

House Hunting in Cotacachi

House Hunting in Cotacachi

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November 8, 2019

I am riding along the streets of the quaint and cozy northern Ecuadorian town of Cotacachi. With me, real estate maven Jim Keyser cracks a joke that focuses on one of the key elements of appeal that draws expats seeking a comfortable place to settle into a new life. “You know what we call a person who makes a ridiculously low offer on a home here?” Jim asks. “Property owner.”