Third House Tour in Three Months

21 Jul , 2015  

Third House Tour in Three Months

Upon our return from our first U.S. trip, we got to move into our new condo in Playa Langosta. We are very excited that we were able to find this nice of a place for long-term rent within our budget. For those looking to get an idea of cost-of-living, our rent here is $750 per […]

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Let’s Play Instead of Pack!

24 Jun , 2015  

Day Well Lived - Santa Rosa Futbol

Saturday night, we’re getting ready to walk with Harvey and grab carry out from The Shrimp Hole and we run into the owner of our building. We make small talk for a few minutes and he mentions “by the way, we’ve got a full house coming in tomorrow afternoon, we’re going to need you to […]

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A Week Well Lived

25 May , 2015

This past week has truly been a week well lived in the Minchillo household. We smiled a lot, spent a lot of time walking on the beach and closed out the week with a Sunday evening dinner at our house with a couple friends and a free salsa dancing lesson at one of the local bars. […]

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Adventures, Life Lessons

What will you do about insurance?

20 May , 2015  

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When you announce that you’re leaving your life behind to move to another country, people have questions. What I found interesting were the types of questions people had and the frequency in which particular questions came up. Overwhelmingly, one of the first questions people had for us was “what will you do about health insurance?” […]

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Life Lessons

No More Excuses

7 May , 2015  


With the number of times I’ve been asked “how tan are you?” or “are you at the beach right now?” you’d think I’d struck the lottery, left all my worries behind and now spend all of my days glazed in Coppertone, with a beer in-hand, splitting my time between equal parts meditating to sound of […]

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“Daily Limit” – It’s Truly Daily

28 Apr , 2015  

Costa Rican Colon

I was chatting with my good friend Julie last night for the first time since we moved. I was trying to fill her in on everything we had encountered on our adventure so far and she asked “so has there been anything that’s been truly a ‘WTF’ moment?” Meaning of course anything we’ve come across […]

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House Hunters International; UNCUT

12 Apr , 2015  

Playa Conchal

If you’re like me (or even if you’re not), you’ve probably seen an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters International and thought, “Oh, it’s so dreamy; searching for a house near an exotic beach and having 3 incredible options to choose from…” Scuuuurrrrrrtttttttttt! Not real life alert! We were warned by many expats that have come […]

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Hotel Living

8 Apr , 2015  


We stayed in the Avellanas house one week, and that’s about all we could take. We finally decided Wednesday afternoon we would bite the bullet and stay at a hotel in Tamarindo so that we would be in town and able to go apartment hunting. Never thought I’d be able to say that I was […]

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On The Road Again

23 Mar , 2015  

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In October 2014, my husband and I went on our honeymoon and spent seven days on the beautiful island of Curacao. Every day, my husband would say “honey, this is it, let’s just move here!” He spent considerable time asking locals on the island questions about cost of living, what kind of jobs were available, […]

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Life Lessons

Stranger Danger?

15 Feb , 2015  

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We’re moving to Costa Rica, it’s been decided, now what? We decided about 10 weeks ago now, that if we were going to do this, we were going to do it. Shed everything we don’t need, pack up and go – do a complete 360 on our entire life. The first and most tedious step […]

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