January 2020

January 2020

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January 11, 2020

I no longer make resolutions specifically for the new year. After all, you can decide to do something better for yourself any time, not just on January 1. I have found, however, that making resolutions or reaching goals of any kind is easier in Costa Rica. Whether it's for the mind, body, or soul.

January 2020

January 2020

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January 7, 2020

Here in Panama we've been easing into our "dry" or summer season. Though we really do get sunny weather all year, January through March are particularly glorious on the Pacific Coast and in the mountains. It's a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors in Panama, whether you're living here or just down for a visit.

December 2019

December 2019

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December 20, 2019

Less than two hours on the ground in my new "home," I started to get panicky. I had sold almost everything I owned and cared about and packed the rest of my belongings into two suitcases and a shoulder bag. And now I couldn't even breathe!

An Active Retirement Among the Wildlife of Costa Rica

An Active Retirement Among the Wildlife of Costa Rica

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December 20, 2019

The first person to drive me around Quepos, Costa Rica when I moved here two years ago was Chip Braman. A silver-haired, tan-skinned, distinguished gentleman who looks much younger than his 72 years, Chip moved to the Quepos and Manuel Antonio area on the central Pacific coast 18 years ago from Connecticut.

December 2019

December 2019

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December 17, 2019

Living in a foreign country has its challenges—any expat will tell you that. Most of us downsize when we move to Costa Rica. You don't need a lot of "stuff" here. There are some things, however, that you don't want to live without—items that add a little comfort, and essentials you need for survival.

December 2019

December 2019

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December 13, 2019

Summer weather in Panama occurs during the months of December through mid-May. During this season, days are sunny, with only a few clouds, and rain is rare. These months coincide with winter in North America. So, the population of Boquete and other areas in Chiriquí swells as tourists and snowbirds visit to get away from the cold.

“We Walk on the Beach Every Day”

“We Walk on the Beach Every Day”

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December 2, 2019

Renovation and renewal are words that often come up when writing about Ecuador—the country seems to have that effect on expats—but in the case of Dona and Larry Dees, it’s a definite theme. First, their adopted hometown of Ballenita on the ocean-scoured sands of the Pacific has recently put the finishing touches on an ambitious redesign and renovation project.