Puerto Veijo de Talamanca

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When we first moved to Costa Rica, we based ourselves in San Jose. San Jose is in a great spot half way between the two coasts, half way between Nicaragua and Panama, and nestled in the Central Valley. The temperature doesn’t vary much, hovering between 68-85 F (20-30 C). There are great restaurants, theaters, festivals, museums and cheap public transportation. …

Our full day in Managua

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I hadn’t made an reservations in Managua, because after my one interaction with a hostel in Puerto Viejo, I blithely assumed all hostels would generally have enough room. In a way, I was right. The second night we were there, they were selling couch space, and I’m pretty sure they would have started offering hammock and pool chair space next. …

Our first (real*) border run

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As I often do, I procrastinated planning my first border run. My process went something like: Border run is coming up soon. Derp around. I should figure that out. Derp around until two weeks before Easter. Hey! Semana Santa. We’ll have to do some grocery shopping. I don’t know how much will be open next week. Derp. CURSE WORDS. My …

I’m A Nicer Jekyll/Hyde

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As a kid, I always felt that I was pulled by extremely opposite desires. I wished I lived in the future, I wished I lived in the past. I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to be a marine biologist, I wanted to be a hippie. Not much changed as I neared college. I considered pursuing music, art, English, …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review — The Perfect Phone for Travellers

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So the title of this post may be a little over the top, but I’m not going to lie. I love this phone. I spent hours agonizing and researching phones before our move to Costa Rica. I had a Verizon Android, which wouldn’t transfer to another service provider, so keeping my phone wasn’t an option. I had a million questions. …