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Worlds Collide: Wal-Mart and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Sometimes the new and the old meet in this modern world of ours with not much of a screeching sound as you might expect. Merida is a place that marries the feeling of an old colonial city with modern amenities–like the presence of Wal-Mart, which I guess is not so unusual here in Mexico but was not very visible where…

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Bienvenido A Mexico (Don’t Drink the Water)

We arrived in Merida safe and sound. Well, as sound as ever we are. The travel day was long, as travel days with four kids tend to be, with the alarm going off at 4:50 to be ready in time for a 5:30 a.m. airport shuttle. After checking our bags, we went through security. We had to step aside so…

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Travel As A Way to Run Toward the Life You Want

The dog’s barking. Traffic sucks. The house is a flipping mess. Sometimes we get so fed up with the status quo of our lives that we say in frustration, “I need a vacation!” We’re tired of work, obligations, details, stress. It just feels like it’s time to go. To run away! Get me out of here, you say. Get me…

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I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just A Little Unwell

It’s June 2 and we have the furnace on. Yesterday never broke past the 40s and today is a definite nose dampener at 52 brisk degrees. Not bad for a hopeful spring day in March, but for a day in what I consider to be the beginning of summer, these temps are completely and utterly disheartening. I realize it’s ‘only…

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Welcome to the New Millennium—First Day of School in Costa Rica 

School has started. The first day of school, not just for our visiting family but for all the Tico kids since they’re just coming off break and starting the new year. We’ve been (read: I’ve been) nervous for this first day, feeling like I’m throwing my homeschoolers under the bus. We’re teaching at home—you’re going to school—we’re homeschoolers—not we’re school…

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Side Effect of Family Travel: Feeling Overprotective

Since we started our family sabbatical here in Costa Rica, I have been an unusually overprotective mom. I suppose feeling nervous about things is a side-effect of getting out of my comfort zone on a big trip like this. I just read something on Facebook on a homeschooling group I belong to. A woman mentioned that her 3.5-year-old had just…

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A Beach Day and a Funeral in Costa Rica

Kevin’s Field Trip to San Carlos What a full weekend for us here in Costa Rica! We’ve felt the natural friendliness of Ticos but in richer, deeper ways than before. On Friday, Kevin stopped next door to ask the neighbors if two or three of them, maybe their teenage kids, would be interested in going to the beach with us…

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Life and Death in Grecia, Costa Rica

[**Guest Post by my husband Kevin**] I really can’t say that much about today has been run-of-the mill. I awoke to some clanging and skittering in the kitchen, and the smell of something cooking. I rolled over and looked out the window a bit. The sun was already busy doing its thing, bright as noon-day back home, although it was…

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Learning Tranquilo

I’m detoxing from the U.S. As a result, I have periods of great highs and depressing lows. Just about every night (despite what the day held for me), when I lay down to go to sleep, I feel a little sad, a little deflated, and a little homesick. I thought because we’d already lived in Belize for six months that…

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More for Less in Costa Rica

Living in Costa Rica is thirsty work. Because of this, after a couple of cups of strong Costa Rican coffee, water is my main, all-day beverage. Still, after a long day of walking around the hilly city of Grecia under the hot sun, and stressing my tongue out over Spanish phrases with confused but patient Ticos, a glass of wine…

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The Gringo Parade–Taking Grecia by Storm

I can’t believe how well our first week and a half in Costa Rica has gone. By all accounts, the “settling-in” part of our 3-month stay here has been a success. We have rented a beautiful home in an exclusive (what an accident that was!) and safe neighborhood. We have a general knowledge of how to get around town and…

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