Author: Donna

I'm a Fledgling Expat & Blogger, Aspiring Minimalist, Rookie Cook & Baker, Hummingbird Stalker, Dog Mama, Yogi, Yeshua Follower pursuing the simple life in Costa Rica.

Day Tripping To Playa Jaco, Costa Rica | Recommended Stops, Things To See And Do

When my husband Scott and I moved here over a year and a half ago, we toyed with the idea of living at the beach.  It is a fantasy of most expats who choose to settle in Costa Rica, and we were no exception. After living in Costa Rica for about three months and exploring our possibilities, we decided that we… Read more →

For the Love of Wildlife: Bring Out Your Inner Child at The Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica

  A while back a friend of mine on Facebook posted an article about a sloth rescue center in Costa Rica.  I checked it out and while the article itself was positive, there were some negative comments about how the animals were being exploited for tourism and not being treated or rehabilitated properly. I always take comments with a grain… Read more →

The Lovely Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo | Our Perfect Home Base for a Panama Border Run

    I love the beach. A good part of my childhood was spent on the beautiful subtropical island of Okinawa, Japan.  It is a coral reef island, and one of my favorite family pastimes was going to the pristine, crystal clear blue water and white sand beaches to snorkel, collect shells, explore the colorful sea life in the tide pools and… Read more →

Renew Your Visa: My Checklist For Planning A Border Run In Costa Rica

  We recently had a discussion with some expat friends who said that they calculated the cost of doing border runs for visa renewals and compared it to the cost of hiring a lawyer and applying for residency. What they found was applying for residency would be cheaper than trying to leave the country every 90 days to renew their… Read more →

🌬 Hurricane Otto Makes History As We Humbly Celebrate Thanksgiving In Costa Rica 🦃

Dear Friends, Reportedly no hurricane has made landfall in Costa Rica in over 170 years of weather records . . . until now.  We sit and wait in suspense to see what Otto’s impact and aftermath will be.  No one has ever experienced a hurricane here before, so there is no point of reference.  An earthquake, yes, volcanoes erupting – no… Read more →

Expat Food Conundrums in Costa Rica Part 1 | My Hunt for Comfort Food

    Finding familiar or favorite foods can be a challenge anytime you move to another country and/or culture.  You can quickly become homesick for your favorites, especially if you do not know how to cook – that was me. As a foodie, I became depressed about food after being here for about 3 weeks. As a non-cook, I was… Read more →

From Costa Rica to Nicaragua and Back | The Peñas Blancas Border

    The other morning I woke up suddenly and while still half asleep, I randomly thought, “How long ago did we cross the border and get our passports stamped?” Then I remembered it was the end of May, so I got up, looked at our passports and counted 90 days out – our visas were going to expire in… Read more →

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