The Challenges and Joys of Learning Spanish

The Challenges and Joys of Learning Spanish

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July 2, 2017

When I moved to Ecuador almost four years ago, I did not speak a word of Spanish. Well, I could say “good morning,” “good afternoon” and “good evening,” but that was pretty much the extent of it. I had decided before I moved that learning Spanish was very important to me, in order to better integrate into the culture here.

Ecuador Lets Me Enjoy Retirement, Not Just Survive It

Ecuador Lets Me Enjoy Retirement, Not Just Survive It

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June 29, 2017

A few years ago, I found myself as a solo retiree with an expensive California condo mortgage to pay for, along with excessive property taxes and increasing monthly homeowners’ association fees. Added to my woes, my subcompact car was ready to give up the ghost and needed to be replaced.

Come to Costa Rica and Say Goodbye to Watching the Clock

Come to Costa Rica and Say Goodbye to Watching the Clock

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June 26, 2017

I have a confession to make: I had an addiction. Or maybe it’s better described as an obsession…or a mania. There was a time when I probably could have stood in a dank room full of the similarly afflicted and said, “Hello, my name is John, and I have too many watches.”

Rent from $350 in Cambodia Leaves Plenty of Money for Expat Activities

Rent from $350 in Cambodia Leaves Plenty of Money for Expat Activities

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June 25, 2017

Wherever you are in the world, rent tends to fall into two categories; either an outrageous burden or a relative joy. In Cambodia paying rent is definitely not a burden thanks in no small part to the reasonably priced properties that are available for expats in places like Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

A Laidback Life in Coastal Costa Rica for $1,500 a Month

A Laidback Life in Coastal Costa Rica for $1,500 a Month

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June 24, 2017

I have been living happily in the town of Quepos on Costa Rica’s South Central Pacific Coast for almost nine years. I retired in 2008 at the age of 65 after visiting Costa Rica eight times in the previous five years, always ending up in Quepos and getting more and more comfortable with the lifestyle here.