OK. This Is Slightly Worse.

When I printed the Tico Times story on the theft in Jac├│, I had not read the A.M. Costa Rica report (scroll down to the second page) which gives more detail. The ENTIRE story, if you will. So the thieves got to make death threats to the couple, no money was returned,...

The Worst Thing About Costa Rica:

This Tico Times story illustrates the only reason I would leave Costa Rica. Petty theft is rampant here and there is no consequence. None. As in zero. Unless spending one night in the slammer is considered a consequence. It’s clearly not a deterrent. I’m...

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...

Cayo Hueso Loses Rosy Glow…

My friend Trixie in Key West wrote to me this morning. She is a world-traveler, lately fixated on India and immediate surrounds. We are certain she was an Indian princess in a past life. If there is such a thing. As a past life. She so enjoys her adventures. But,...

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...