About a year ago I wrote an article about Costa Rica’s museums. In it I mentioned the seldom visited Insect Museum of Costa Rica. There is another unique museum that provides a unique cultural experience and is rarely visited by foreigners and retirees . The Costa Rican Jewish Museum in Pavas is a place in … Continue reading Another museum for retirees to visit in the San José area
About one year ago I wrote an article about Costa Rica’s hidden insect museum.This small Entomology Museum is located for some strange reason in the basement of the Music School at the University of Costa Rica (la Escuela de Artes Musicales). The admission is free, but the hours are irregular. Once you find your way … Continue reading What’s Bugging you?
By popular demand I have added a tour of the San Ramón and Palmares areas . Now my relocation tours cover the best areas to live in Costa Rica from virtually every angle with the addition of this new tour. Nobody else provides this comprehensive service. The Coffee Towns The western Central Valley, including Palmares … Continue reading My New Relocation Tour
Costa Ricans are used to calling common ailments by different Spains names. You will often hear the term “quiebra huesos.” Translated literally it means broken bones, so you are apt to think that someone fractured a part of their body. What quiebra huesos really means is the “flu.” In correct Spanish la influenza, la gripe and la gripa are used to refer … Continue reading Costa Rican maladies and practices
A recent study that was the subject of a news story Tuesday said that seniors need continual challenges to stay sharp. The sedate retired life is not enough to keep the brain cranking along. Fortunately for expats, there are no shortages of challenges in Costa Rica. Here’s a baker’s dozen: 1. Explain to the monolingual … Continue reading Just living in Costa Rica gives your brain a Ph.D.
If you listen to the news in Spanish or know enough Spanish to read the Diario Extra you may have seen or heard the word “farándula.” La farándula” is the nightlife scene consisting of figures from business, sports, politics, modeling, entertainment and beautiful people. I guess you could say it is sort of like Costa … Continue reading What in the heck is the Farándula?
Costa Rica is a tropical country where coconuts (cocos in Spanish but called pipas here) abound. The name came from Portuguese explorers, the sailors of Vasco da Gama in India, who first brought them to Europe. The coconut shell reminded them of a ghost or witch in Portuguese folklore called coco (The Costa Ricans also … Continue reading Go Nuts over Coconuts in Costa Rica
Friday’s edition of AM Costa Rica featured a list of Costa Rica’s gasoline prices: Super gasoline was $5.38 a gallon, Plus gas in Costa Rica, called regular elsewhere, was $5.24 a gallon and Diesel was, $ 4.85. This ads up to a lot of money if you are a retired person and do a lot of driving here. However, … Continue reading Ways to save money on gasoline in Costa Rica
Many retirees and other expats are not aware that today the city of San José is 200 years old. As we say here “Chepe está de manteles largos” (San José is celebrating its birthday) . Chepe is the nickname for “José” so we sometimes refer to San José in slang as “Chepe”. While I am … Continue reading Today is San José’s 200th birthday
I grew up in southern California and was virtually raised on Mexican cuisine. I also live and studied in Mexico where I had the opportunity to savor more Mexican cooking. So, I can go record as saying that I consider myself to be a connoisseur of good Mexican food. When I moved to Costa Rica … Continue reading Can retirees and other expats find good Mexican food in Costa Rica?
Many foreigners who are living here are not aware of the number of important events that take place every October in Costa Rica. In addition to the traditional holidays, this year marks a couple of special anniversaries and birthdays, one of which falls on an important date for me. October 12th is el Día de … Continue reading Retirees should know that October is a month for celebration in Costa Rica
When reading the above the first things that come to mind for many people are the title the book and a song. Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being … Continue reading A stranger in a strange land
On Thursday the 10th of October I has a very rewarding experience. A couple of days before I had a telephone conversation with my friend Marv who lives in downtown Heredia. Marv is a very interesting and intelligent character. They definitely “threw away the mold” when they created him. He doesn’t own a TV and … Continue reading An interesting group for retired people
I love Costa Rica, have lived here almost 35 years and even became a citizen. But sometimes I say, “Enough is enough!” At times I yearn for the old days when things were a lot simpler, there were not so many products out there or as much consumerism as there is now. My son, who … Continue reading Is there a glut of Costa Rican and Gringo products here?
As I have mentioned in a couple of my previous blogs, over the last 20 years I have been interviewed on the NBC Today Show, CNBC World Business News, Good Morning America, Fox News on-line, Newsweek and in almost every major newspaper in the U.S. As Costa Rica becomes more popular as a travel and … Continue reading Another Interview about Retirement in Costa Rica
The answer is yes and no. One of the many pluses that come with relocating to Costa Rica is its friendly people who generally like Americans. Costa Ricans are fun loving and rate very high on the World Happiness Index despite any personal problems they may have. As they say here “Al mal tiempo, buena … Continue reading Is it difficult for retirees and expats to make Costa Rican friends?
Inevitably I get asked this question by the people who take my monthly tours. I have been doing my tours for 17 years and writing my books for 25 years. During this time I have helped 1000s of people relocate successfully to Costa Rica. So the question really is, How many end up staying and … Continue reading How many of my tour participants actually move here?
For most of my life I have been involved in sports and exercise. In high school I ran cross country and played basketball. After that I was involved in long-distance cycling, martial arts, running, tennis and cross country skiing. All of these activities took a toll on my knees. When I was 33- years old … Continue reading What do Kobe Bryant, A-Rod and Christopher Howard have in common?
If you move to Costa Rica and get the travel bug there are a lot of other countries worth visiting in Lain America. You can use Costa Rica as a home base or spingboard as you check the amazing places listed below. I have visited all of them and can personally vouch for their beauty, … Continue reading Some great places to visit outside of the country for expats and retirees who move to Costa Rica
Last weekend I went trout fishing with my girlfriend and her son to celebrate his fifteenth birthday. A boy’s fifteen birthday is important in Latin America. I remember when my son turned fifteen ten years ago we had a party for him and I bought him a drum set. However, most often las fiestas quinceañeras … Continue reading Trout Fishing in Costa Rica