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

Toddler on beach of Esterillos Oeste in Costa Rica.

For many people living in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, one of the nearest and most popular beach destinations is Jacó.  This town is lively and entertaining–packed with excellent restaurants and fun shopping.  But, sometimes you just want a quiet, relaxing weekend on the coast.  This is why we finally ventured into nearby Esterillos Oeste. I was pleased with the calmness and tranquility of this small beach town.  Our lodgings were ideal at Hotel La Dolce Vita, as well.  It is…

Our time in Uvita was especially wonderful due to our stay at Manoas, a property which sits about two kilometers uphill from the beachy Costa Ballena.  Our expectations were high, since we knew we’d be staying in a private house perched above a river, but we were utterly blown away by the full package that Manoas offers.  Below are five of many reasons you would love your stay at this enchanting location. 1.  It’s peaceful. This is an important characteristic…

Woman learning to surf in Costa Rica.

Have you ever written down a list of things you want to accomplish in your life?  Some would call this your, “Bucket List.”  Long before I began my travels, I fiercely scribbled several items onto a scrap piece of paper, in a moment of passion.  I wanted more of this life, and I was determined to fight for my dreams, even if I had no idea at the time how to take the first step.  Since I’ve always needed to…

Family at Playa Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita, Costa Rica can be easily missed while passing from Jacó to Panama.  While whizzing down the main road, it’s a blip of color.  A few scattered restaurants and shops are tucked between dense jungle on the left and crashing waves on the right.  Hiding within its quiet simplicity is a world of secrets, untouched by the typical tourist.  Friends, the next time you come across the little green sign for “Uvita,” stop.  Explore.  You will be rewarded beyond your expectations…

make a house a home by taking the same apron on your travels

I counted on my fingers the number of homes we’ve had over the last nineteen months and couldn’t believe my open hands—we’ve moved TEN times!  Then I wondered why I wasn’t dizzy, and how with all this flickering about in Central America, have we ever felt genuinely at home?  I pondered this question as I punched my fists down into my first lump of dough in this house.  As it rose, was formed into shape, and finally filled the rooms…

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