Category Archives: Cost of Living

Good food, stage 1

When we first moved to Costa Rica in 2006, we didn’t mind the food.  In fact, we had the idea (although that turned out to largely be a gross misunderstanding) that in a “simpler” country, the food would also be … Continue reading

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Now that’s customer service!

It’s funny, we keep saying to each other how nice everyone is here — you’d think we’d been somewhere full of  rude people for the past 5 years and that’s certainly not the case in Costa Rica.  We always had … Continue reading

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YakTrax and Hats

Yes, when we gave away our YakTrax in Maine in 2006, I sure don’t think we figured we’d be buying them again in 2012.  But here we are, and today we happily bought two new pairs of YakTrax at 30% … Continue reading

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Settling in nicely

Okay, I promise there will be more interesting and exotic posts to come, but for now rather than post nothing, let me just say we’re continuing to settle in well here.    Other than our brief snow last weekend, the … Continue reading

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Sunday Snow and the New York Times

Utah has been kind to us, easing us back into life with four seasons after 5+ years spent in the mild weather of the tropics.  For our first week here we’ve had comfortable temperatures, many sunny days, and no snow, … Continue reading

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Controlled chaos

Heck, who am I kidding?  It’s not “controlled” at all.  It’s complete chaos.    After all, we’re moving! On the other hand, we are eating 3 tasty hot meals a day; today’s lunch for 9 a great example of creative … Continue reading

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11 from 2011

Oh, I know, “numbered lists” are very popular. And somehow the change from one year to the next seems to bring out the need even more strongly to make lists. So, here I am.  Especially with such big changes on … Continue reading

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Errand day

Yep, now that David is no longer at death’s door, and we have our car back at least for small trips, it was time to deal with a few errands.  Sounds simple enough right? Let’s backtrack just a hair to … Continue reading

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Hospital Adventures

Yes, following closely on the heels of our car adventures, we decided a few days ago to experience some hospital adventures as well. (Hey, anything in the interest of providing useful info to my readers!) So, what in the world … Continue reading

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Car Adventures

Or should that be car mis-adventures?!? The other day, David was driving our friends’ car, and managed to inadvertently and unknowingly (are those two different?) park in a loading zone somewhere in downtown San Ramon while doing errands.  As a … Continue reading

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