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I Understand Spanish, But I Can’t Speak It Well.

Understanding the language and not speaking it well is actually a very common problem among expats. And there are many reasons for it. Most expats find that the reason they are having trouble speaking Spanish is that they tend to focus too much on the...

#DontBeFooled: Tax reform does not include charging VAT for purchases made abroad

#DontBeFooled. False are the reports that the  Value Added Tax (VAT) - Impuesto Sobre el Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish - applies to purchase made outside of Costa Rica. False is also the reports that purchases made outside of the country with cards issued...

Costa Ricans Are Very Polite

(By Galya Gerstman) Costa Ricans are very polite. Very, very polite. We from the USA think we’re polite. The English think they’re polite. (The French and the Israelis don’t have any illusions that they are polite. Or at least they shouldn’t). But Costa Ricans...

Costa Rica Second in Expat Destinations in 2017

Costa Rica was chosen as the second best country to live abroad, according to a survey conducted by expat resource website InterNations. InterNations reports surveying more than 12,500 expat members from 166 different nationalities to get their take on their adopted countries, who evaluated more than...

American Expat with Photography Exposition in San José

Daily Life in León, Nicaragua is the intriguing title of a photo exposition next month in Barrio Amón by ex-pat, part-time resident and prize-winning travel photographer David Flynn. Vida Cotidiana en León, Nicaragua, the exhibit’s Spanish title, is the result of Flynn’s eight months of...

Annulment Effects on Families with Children

Q24n - An annulment is a process that ends a marriage. It is a legal process that is like divorce, but there is a major difference. If a court grants a divorce, it is considered the dissolution of a marriage. An annulment means that...

Costa Rica Living In… The World’s Most Welcoming Countries

Q TRAVEL (By Lindsey Galloway, BBC.com) Costa Rica is among five spots, according to BBC.com, expats will likely be greeted with a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly smile. The BBC.com reports says that for many expats, finding new friends can ease the...

Why A Return Visit to America After Moving My Family to Costa Rica Brought Me Anguish

(Q24N) This is a difficult piece for me to write. Last September 2015, I wrote about my family’s relocation from Brooklyn, New York to Costa Rica, my maternal homeland. This July, we ventured back to Brooklyn for the first time in two years – filled...

Canadian Island Short On People Offers Jobs and Land To Move There

(QCOSTARICA) Many expats in Costa Rica swear they're moving away from the country. Too expensive, too much corruption, too much of this, that and not enough of the other are some of the comments posted on the social media and heard spoken in conversations...

Feeling at Home in a Foreign Land

QCOSTARICA  (Internations) Moving to a different country is an exciting adventure for many. But when the excitement fades, what is left is often loneliness and feeling out of place. InterNations member Maggie knows these feelings all too well and has some advice on how to...

OIJ Waiting On Tests To Confirm If Charred Remains Are Those of Missing Expat

QCOSTARICA - The presumed death of Bob Stewart, known to his friends as "Hawaii Bob" is still being investigated by the Organismo de Investigación de Judicial (OIJ), who are waiting on the results of toxicology tests, to determine if the burned remains found in...

Are You Cut Out for the Expat Life?

COSTA RICA LIVING - What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy...

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