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Costa Rica

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of our fellow world family travelers, we hope you are safe, happy, and together this holiday. We are actually going to have a traditional Thanksgiving feast this year! Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, string beans, and pumpkin pie! I am already starting to fast to make room for all of it. … Continue reading »

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Remembering Costa Rica

A Warm Winter I lived in Costa Rica for a year where every day it was warm and humid. It seemed to rain for five days straight every other week. There were lots of animals and plants that were beautiful and-or deadly. I lived in a guest house on a coffee and avocado farm. The … Continue reading »

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Two Costa Ricas

Two different views of the same river Most people talk and write about Costa Rica from the typical vacationing tourist perspective. The rainforests are amazing, the zip-lining is cool, the beaches are wonderful, and the volcanoes are awesome. Visitors tend to treat Costa Rica as a tropical get-away. It is a place where nature is … Continue reading »

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Ticos

Chapter 2 Tico Culture Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful countries on Earth! National Geographic rated it the best year round climate on the planet. I agree. The country stays fairly consistent month to month, with rainy and dry seasons. Temperatures generally range from 70° to 85° F depending on elevation. The best time … Continue reading »

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Costa Rica

Chapter 1 Pura Vida! In Costa Rica, the most commonly used phrase is “pura vida”, which literally means “pure life.” The saying actually goes beyond its simple translation. It ia a way of life. It symbolizes the idea of simply enjoying life and being happy. As the Urban Dictionary states, it’s a synonym of “hakuna matata” and reflects the relaxed lifestyle of Costa … Continue reading »

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