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Sharing the adventure of living abroad with our two young children.

Spirit Airlines message

Because if you haven’t already, one day you’ll consider booking a ticket with Spirit Airlines.  And I love you too much to let you. #1 Be Good to Your Neighbor -Spirit’s flights are always full or even over-booked, which means you’ll have to get cozy with others.   The seats don’t go back, so in order to avoid a sore neck on an overnight flight, you might have leave a little drool on your neighbor’s shoulder.   However, warm them…

Mom holding kids at airport.

Flying alone with both of my children might not have been the wisest choice I ever made, but I did it.  I traveled over three planes and almost twenty hours with a toddler and sleep-deprived preschooler.  There were moments of shear madness, like when I had only ten minutes to make a connection.  Within this ten-minute blur, I had to pass through customs, immigration, collect and re-check a suitcase… while carrying both kids.  Sadly, I didn’t make the connection, but…

Las Musas Waterfall in San Ramon

If you’re searching for a terrific day destination in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, I recommend a visit to Las Musas in San Ramon.  The park is situated 6 kilometers west of the center of town, and you’ll find your way by following the signs upon entering San Ramon (we confirmed with locals along the way as well).  There are five waterfalls that can be viewed over a 1.5 hour hike or a 2 hour horse-back ride (15,000 colones)…

Kids looking over Apoyo Lagoon in Catarina, Nicaragua

A huge plus to living abroad with my children is the opportunity to see raw and nearly magical displays of Mother Nature.  My two kids soak in views that could be painted in their bedtime storybook and embark on adventures filled with fantasy.  Now, we haven’t seen any fairies yet, but we have played beneath sunsets so drenched in peaches, purples and pinks, that you’d think someone had cast a spell over the sky.  Nature has surprised us time and…

Education Plus volunteer hugs a Nicaraguan child

While in Granada, I was honored to receive an invitation to tour an organization called Education Plus.  During our time in Nicaragua, we were struck by the number of street children that gathered around tourists in popular areas, begging for food or for just one cordoba.  This was grieving to witness, but I wasn’t aware of how bad it was outside of town.  The children of Pantanal, who live in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Granada and in the…

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