- Recommended Expat Blogs: Costa Rica
- Kim: 10 Degrees Above
- John and Pat: Mi Chunche
- Diana: Diana's Costa Rica Blog
- Jamie: Jamie and Bill's Excellent Adventure
- Erin: De La Pura Vida
- Emily: Travel Mother
- Casey: A Dull Roar
- Scott: Hello I'm Scott
- Corey: This Week In Costa Rica
- Jenn: Two Weeks In Costa Rica
- Liisa: Family Freedom Project
- Jen: Costa Rica Chica
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Costa Rica, etc.
I arrived here in June of 2009, after retiring from teaching in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I live in Puriscal with my husband, Jack, his two cats, Hobbes and Noir, and my dog, Buddha.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I've been writing since the mid-nineties—it's what I love to do. I started blogging a year after moving here. I thought I'd share the fun.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Oh yes! Tops on my list are my left-leaning political blogs:
One I wrote about my daughter and a couple about living in Costa Rica:
Tell us about the ways your new life in Costa Rica differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
The biggest difference is that I'm retired. I'm still getting used to the new circumstances, but not in a stressful way. There was no culture shock.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Costa Rica? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I was pretty well prepared. There wasn't much I'd have done differently. If there had been time to study Spanish more, that would have been good.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
See my website! It's all there.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Costa Rica?
- Rent for a while before you buy.
- Consider renting instead of buying.
- Learn some Spanish.
How is the expat community in Costa Rica? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
We were lucky. We connected with a group of people on George Lundquist's tour, and they turned out to be future friends.
How would you summarize your expat life in Costa Rica in a single, catchy sentence?
I don't know about catchy, but my life here is all about having the time to follow my passion in a gorgeous, friendly place where the weather is always perfect.