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

Girl on Playa Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

After two years of exploring in Costa Rica, we decided it was finally time to rest our eyes on the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo.  I suppose we had formerly tossed this destination up on the “someday” list because of the rumored danger of Limón (an area we’d have to pass through) and because of the distance we’d need to travel from our mountains in the Central Valley.  But, this was an adventure we felt was worth taking, and we were beyond rewarded for our…

Horse back riding in Puerto Viejo

Along the southeast edge of Costa Rica, a tropical eden resides.  There are many different versions of “paradise” generously scattered throughout this flourishing Central American country, but the balmy locale of Puerto Viejo really lives up to the exotic wanderer’s dreams.  The thick rainforest, bursting with unique wildlife, essentially pours right onto the smooth coast of the aquamarine Caribbean sea.  See it for your own eyes–better yet, ride along it as I did with my new friend Bruce Walker, of Playa Chiquita Riding Adventures. Bruce is…

Rio Celeste with kids

Before leaving Costa Rica for some time, we have a few destinations that would just be a shame to miss.  At the tippy top of this list is Rio Celeste, a waterfall known to be an extremely majestic shade of aquamarine-torquoise blue.  Tenorio Volcano National Park, where this picturesque water flows, is just above the massive Lake Arenal.  We had experience driving around this lake, so we thought we’d just head there and then “ask around” for how to get to…

Dominicalito, Costa Rica

Another year has passed, and no one is more surprised than I to see the path we wandered.  Twelve months ago, we were preparing our departure from Costa Rica with an open plan…letting our hearts decide each footstep in our own trail of life. January We couldn’t leave without visiting one of the world’s most biologically intense places on the planet, the Osa Penninsula… a place where toucans fought for our attention, calling, “Look at me!  Look at me!” After this…

The Adventures of Bella & Harry books.

I’d like to introduce you to a pair of fluffy characters who have been tagging along on our travels.  While we try to keep our baggage light, we always carry some prized books along for the journey.  Our favorite collection is called The Adventures of Bella & Harry, which is all about two chihuahuas touring the world.  We have twelve of author Lisa Manzione’s books, and it’s hard to pick a favorite.  The charming duo explore each town with information and silly antics.  The illustrator, Kristine Lucco, splashes a vibrant and…

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