“What do you DO in Ecuador?” That’s a question that expats get asked all of the time. For the most part, the simple truth is that we do pretty much the same things that retirees do anywhere in our day-to-day life. We read, watch some TV, get together with friends, indulge in hobbies, and so on.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with Mexico City. But I did. And I fell hard. I can’t really explain why…except that everywhere you look, there is something intriguing, colorful, exotically beautiful. …
People often group Spain and Portugal together. After all, they share the same land mass, right? In fact, they’re quite different. I’ve traveled a lot in Spain, but choose to live in Portugal. With the disclaimer that the following is purely my personal take on it, here’s why.
About three times the size of Texas, Mexico is a vast territory. But although many think they know Mexico, they’re missing out on many aspects that make it such a great place to live for expats.
We considered ourselves serial expats even before moving to Ecuador. My spouse, Sara, had been an international aid worker employed for more than two decades in places as far flung as Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
One of the best things about Costa Rica’s Gold Coast is the ease and ability to travel amongst the beaches in the area. Each has something unique to offer depending on the mood of the day, or your desired beach activity.
Legend claims that the nuns used egg whites to stiffen their habits. Frugal and appreciative of God’s bounty, they also invented a way to use the discarded yolks. Pasteis de nata (egg tart) is the result of their devotion, and the object of mine.
Sometimes it takes a while for us to perceive the patterns in our lives. For example: over the past 16 years of living and working abroad, I’ve spent a total of seven of those years based in Mexico, in four different communities. And I’m currently a Mexican resident.
From towering mountains, lush valleys, and thick forests to arid desert, azure beaches, and historic cities: Spain truly has all that you could wish for. It is also home to different cultures, each with its own history and unique style.
Kat Bonfiglio, her husband Mark and their daughter Nikki certainly got more than the Spanish lessons they came for, when they first visited Costa Rica in 2013. “We came for the months of June and July to study Spanish together at the Coastal Spanish Institute in Tamarindo...