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Nov
8
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 5

12/10/12: I am more than a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t driven here yet. I think I can handle the traffic in San Ramon, the speed bumps (“reductor” here in CR, for reductor de velocidad), stray dogs, and people walking on the side of the road on the road we take through Los […]

Sep
30
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 4

9/9/12: We did our usual trip to the feria (farmers’ market) on Friday. I have gotten into the routine of stopping at one booth, where there is a large griddle set up and a woman (sometimes with a helper, but usually alone) makes tortillas with a variety of toppings, or pupusas (Salvadoran turnovers), using the […]

Sep
27
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 3

  31/08/12: This week marks San Ramon Days, which culminated in the parade of saints yesterday. There have been all manner of activities and events: food vendors with a different theme each day; singers, dancers, horse parades, parade of the oxcarts (elaborately painted oxcarts, with boyeros, oxcart drivers, urging on their oxen – and from […]

Aug
19
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 2

15/8/12: We’re starting to settle in. Public transportation isn’t as convenient as it was at the cabinas, (anyone taking the bus or ferry in Seattle knows about schedules for commuters, and that’s the case here) so we decided to look for a car. Paul had already been thinking about buying a car. It couldn’t be […]

Aug
10
2012

Moving to CR: Dispatch 1

7/8/2012 (new date convention: date/month/year because we’re now in CR) We spent the months of June and nearly all of July getting ready to head to CR. Even before we were on our road trip, Paul and I came to the conclusion that we were ready to sell the house on Vashon that we’d loved […]

Feb
19
2012

CR: Exploratory Trip Dispatch 4

Wed, 2/8/12, Calle Magallanes (San Ramon): Today we moved from the cabinas to our rental house about two km away. The taxi driver needed to make two trips to get everything, and 45 minutes later, everything was at the new rental. He helped us to load and unload everything: total cost 12.000 colones, or about […]

Feb
1
2012

CR: Exploratory Trip Dispatch 3

2/5/12 A continuation of the last dispatch:  we were here this time to “try out” living in CR, to see what day-to-day life is like and how we feel about living in a very different culture and trying to speak a foreign language. There are certainly things that we have found to be very frustrating […]

Jan
19
2012

CR: Exploratory Trip Dispatch 2

1/31/12 We are starting to get into the rhythm of things in San Ramon. After our introduction to the feria, it has become a regular event, and the high point of the week. Our Spanish is still muy malo (very bad), but we’re both able to at least converse a little with Spanish-speakers and can […]

Jan
18
2011

CR: Exploratory Trip Dispatch 1

12/6 – 12/18: This trip to Costa Rica (CR) is very different from our previous trip a year ago. We were tourists, viewing everything through the eyes of a tourist; now, we’re visiting as potential residents. Before leaving for CR, I’d arranged for two pet-friendly B & Bs for the first ten days of our […]