Volcanic Hot Springs, and the Hostel That Was Not

La Fortuna Hot Springs

The bus began a winding ascent into the mountains past small towns and mountain villages. Steep mountainsides boasted of beautiful farms on the grade which made me wonder how they ever plant, cultivate and harvest their crops.  Surely any tractor would tumble down the hill if it attempted even an approach to these terraces.  My … Read more

Cartago and a Legend

Cartago Costa Rica

Legend tells a tale of two brothers and the woman they loved in Cartago.  She chose and married one.  In anger, the thwarted brother killed his sibling.  In remorse for his sin, he built a cathedral for Cartago. A year later it was destroyed by an earthquake.  Numerous attempts have been made to rebuild, but … Read more

Tortuguero, a Town with No Cars

Lizard in Tortuguero Costa Rica

I’m currently in a bungalow on the Caribbean coast putting this post together on a sweltering afternoon.  My door is open and children are singing and laughing next door.  I have a fan blowing in an attempt to dry at least a few articles of clothing that I hand-washed in the sink.  In a rain … Read more

San Jose, Costa Rica: Hole in my Jaw

San José Costa Rica

It was nine months ago when Bonnie and I made the decision to sell everything and travel the world.  That was January of 2016.  We were still working in the corporate world.  We had a home and all the trappings of a comfortable life. It seems like ages ago. Since then we’ve sold our house … Read more

Renovations And Goodbyes

A month of renovations and goodbyes are almost behind us now.  Weekdays and weekends meld into one long weekend as we awake to work on the renovation of an investment property that we will rent out before leaving the area.  We are camped out on an air mattress in the living room.  We wake in … Read more

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