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My Two Colones

For the most part, people get extremely concerned when they hear the words recession,...

Buying Online From Costa Rica For Products From Abroad. My experience.

(Rico's TICO BULL) Buying online  - internet purchases - may be cheaper as retailers...

A “Clean Well Lighted Place” for a Drink

In my travels, I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed adult beverages at...

Is living in Costa Rica all it’s made out to be

The question, "Is living in Costa Rica all it’s made out to be" put...

Best Spots for a Date in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s subequatorial climate is marvelous. Despite that the country's territory is rather small,...

7 Unbreakable Laws of Success For Expats in Costa Rica According to Steve Jobs

I found this article while surfing The Internet - For some reason we don't...

TRUE STORY: “I Moved to Costa Rica to Escape Trump”

"Upon arriving in San José, Costa Rica’s bustling capital, we checked into our hotel...

Finding Good Meat in Costa Rica–a Continuing Endeavor

Right after I graduated from college a boyfriend took me to a restaurant in...

Parallel Worlds – Seeing Red Again

Our world. My wife and I drove to a lunchtime party at Los Sueños,...

Millennial Expats in Costa Rica

I grew up in Canada and never thought for a second that I would...

In ageing Thailand, developers race to supply locals and elderly expats

(Reuters) - At 79, Thai businessman Boon Vasin’s latest $500 million venture is a...

Marchamo Madness

A few months ago, Costa Rica instituted a new law that people illegally parked...

Discovering Costa Rica: Tennis in the Jungle

I was going to call this column “The Hidden Costa Rica,” but then I...

Costa Rica Takes 4th Spot in Americans’ Home Buying Destinations Ranking

Based on our latest report, Costa Rica ranks 4th in the top 30 locations...

How I Renewed My Drivers License In An Hour And At The Cosevi

Renewing your driver's license in Costa Rica can be an experience. The long lines...

The Fable of Fabricio the Cricket

His fellow students at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) called him the cricket...

The Gringo Bubble

The recent trend in expat living is the Gringo Bubble, creating an insulating layer...

Costa Rica Has Come A Long Way

Costa Rica has come a long way, commercially speaking. I remember when Multiplaza was...

3 Reasons Not to Live in Costa Rica (and 3 Reasons You Should Move There Now!)

It took a while for my husband and I to pluck up the courage to...

Costa Ricans Are Very Polite

(By Galya Gerstman) Costa Ricans are very polite. Very, very polite. We from the...

Do You Sit In The Back Seat or Front?

Hail a cab or call an Uber in any city in the U.S. or...

How Long Does It Take to Learn Spanish?

As an expat living in Costa Rica or anywhere else in Latin America, learning...

Costa Rica’s Slow Pace, Political Stability Attract Expats Weary of U.S. Uncertainty

According to a new report from International Living, Costa Rica’s political stability and low-key...

The Costa Rica Medical Marketplace

By Galya Gerstman - I often joke to outsiders that in Costa Rica, it...

The Biggest Error You Can Make If You Choose Costa Rica To Relocate

On my monthly relocation tours I always tell my clients that, "the worst here...

The Juice Box

By Galya Gerstman. The other day my friend Mark and I were discussing his...

The Transito Dance!

EXPAT FOCUS - In October of 1989 I found myself steering a wheezing, smoking...

Zen Dog Duke Chronicles: Nothing Happens For A Reason

I left the house this morning with Zen Dog Duke just after dawn. The...

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…” This passage is the opening to...

Zen Dog Duke Dialogues: The Lock Smith, The Fiddler and The Cook

Bruce Springsteen was belting out “Thunder Road” on every transistor radio all along the...

Costa Rica Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography used to be a hobby limited to people with the deep pockets...

Sin Semillas: A Zen Dog Guide To Living Well In Costa Rica

Quality of life is what we say we want. A successful life we may...

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