Category Archives: Moving back to the U.S.

Reflections Four Years In

It almost seems hard to believe that we’ve been back in the U.S. for four years now. (Four years and four days, if anyone’s actually counting.) In some ways our Costa Rica time seems distant, like a dream you sort-of … Continue reading

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Why yes, that IS a tent in our dining room!

I do recognize that it’s not all that common to have a full-size camping tent set up in your dining room, but that’s exactly what we do have and, oddly enough, we’re rather enjoying it. It started a week ago … Continue reading

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The leaves, they are a changin’

It is well documented in my book (Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica) that I had decided I’d seen enough change of seasons, that I wasn’t missing it at all in Costa Rica.  And that was absolutely true … Continue reading

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Fried Green Jello

Yes, indeed, we were lured to the Utah State Fair today by the promise of deep fried green jello. (I reckon that once you mastered the process of frying jello—a challenging concept in itself!—you could fry ANY color of jello … Continue reading

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Critters, large and small

Clearly, one of the most interesting things about living in Costa Rica was the wildlife.  Do YOU have monkeys coming right up close to your back porch?  Toucans and laughing falcons in your trees? We were amazed, astounded, and just … Continue reading

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A Plethora of Produce

I know it seems a little early in the season to be using terms of abundance like “plethora” but, ironically, some of the produce we’ve felt most starved for over the past 5+ years is actually “spring” or early season … Continue reading

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Contrast brings appreciation

Okay, yes, I’m aware it’s been over 2 months since my last post, and I’m sorry about that.  Interestingly, once you start “blogging” you start seeing your world through the eyes of “that would make an interesting blog post.” And … Continue reading

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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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Unpacking in full force

Yes, after almost exactly 4 weeks of “camping out” (although in pretty upscale style, if I do say so), they called on Thursday, about 10 days ago, to say they had the container ready to deliver. I, understandably enough, asked … 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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