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Americans Living in Costa Rica – How We Decided and Planned our Move.

Name 10 things you would like to do if money and time were no object? Ask your partner the same question, write down your answers separately and compare your lists. That is what Steve and I did when we met in 2003. We compared our lists and found them to be surprisingly similar, and not out of reach…

Living in Costa Rica – Enjoy a simple lifestyle in Sierpe.

Leave behind the constant feeling that there’s not enough time. Leave behind the set of values that encourage us to relentlessly seek a higher social status.

Medical Emergency Air Evacuation – Happy ending

Dr. Loyola runs a first-class, state-of-the-art, air-medicial international transport service. He and his staff are very sensitive, informative, accommodating, and very, very professional.

To Bring or Not to Bring – That is the question!

You can buy local appliances quite inexpensively that could potentially serve you well. But, again, if you’re looking for the brands, styles, or quality you’re used to, you’ll generally be paying a lot more.

A Dog and Two Cats

When Silvia’s mother called me for lunch she pointed to the garage. Sasha was sitting on top of the car as if waiting for me to take him back to Yakima. Nothing against Yakima but “fat chance”.

The Financial Hurricane Hits Home – Our family’s new “Declaration of Financial Independence.”

With the proposed bailout, we have every right to be angry about what’s going on and rest assured that you are alone feeling that way. Although the ‘popular’ media has not shown any, there have been protests against the bailout.

Costa Rica To Invest One Billion Dollars in Infrastructure and Amazon.com starts operations…

What was not announced today is that international investors are seeing this news as a huge vote vote of confidence in the future of Costa Rica…

The Booby-Trapped Economy

Every one is a time bomb whose clock is ticking from the start. In designing these bombs, the long delay between the set-up and the blow-up isn’t a bug, as they say in the software business, it’s a feature. When they finally blow, the solution is always the same: more government oversight, regulation, and taxpayer sacrifice. That’s a design feature too.

International Guitar Festival

It’s been about 33 years since Geraldine, a beautiful, athletic, young teenager with long flowing blond hair bought me an album with a recording Ravel’s Boléro…

The Peculiar Crash in Precious Metals

I got an email the other day asking me why, if the price of gold and silver are crashing, is it so hard to find gold and silver coins to buy for delivery. It’s an excellent question.

Construction Moisture Prevention – Ten expert tips

All exterior wall surfaces, whether manufactured laminates, plaster coatings or wood logs, need to be treated for moisture resistance, covered before application and installed in 100% dry condition.

Living in a Jungle Treehouse? One Olive or Two?

You no longer have to imagine a place where wi-fi meets the sounds of rushing water, hot showers are enjoyed with a view of the canopy and you can zip line to your tree top destination where a martini is waiting for you…

Costa Rica Homebuilder in the Central Valley – 25 years of experience with FREE online video.

With more than 25 years homebuilding experience 15 of which have been in Costa Rica, construction consultant Tom Rosenberger knows the ins and outs of building and remodeling a home in Costa Rica.

Your Costa Rica Property Taxes May Increase – Silly prices no longer accepted with FREE online video interview.

As a result of those attorneys that had been recommending to their clients to put ridiculously low purchases prices on the deed in order to save on transferring and property taxes…

Santa Clause Comes Early to Arenal Costa Rica! If these wild critters could talk they would say “muchisimas gracias” to you…

Maybe he wasn’t wearing the red fuzzy suit. And he may not even have a white fluffy beard. And, in fact, I have never seen him. But to us, here working for the benefit of suffering animals here in Arenal, Costa Rica and the surrounding areas, he is the true Santa Claus. But he didn’t work alone, he has some very helpful elves.