Blood Work

I’ve been using my lifesaving bio-identical hormone cream every night for 10 years now. Lately it feels a little off and, since I’ve never had any blood work done to see if the dosage was just right, I thought, “Why not have it done in Costa...

Another One Bites The Dust

We fired our third maid yesterday. Maid #1 wasn’t a great cleaner, although I believe she was honest. And, in truth, looking back, she may have needed to come for a full day to get the job done, not just a half day. Just as I was becoming more and more...

Slipping Off The Rose-Colored Glasses

Our first few months in Costa Rica, we were taken aback by the intense security around homes: high gates, electric fences, massive bars covering every window and door. Many subdivisions (and some private homes) have guards, from casually dressed bicycle guards to...

Living On The Cheap

A couple, Tim and Alice, who are thinking of moving here took us to lunch to grill us about life in Costa Rica. Yes, we can be bought. They stayed at The Pura Vida Hotel and when we spoke to confirm our lunch plans, she said, “We are thinking of retiring here...

Fuel for Thought

This is a common sight in Costa Rica. You are stopped behind a bus or a truck, the light changes, they take off and you choke. Exhaust fumes make it pretty much impossible to drive with your windows open. Diesel is cheap and an engine that lives on diesel lives...