Be Sure of a Warm Welcome…Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Be Sure of a Warm Welcome…Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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September 11, 2018

When you move overseas, no matter where you go, food and shelter are the first things you’ve got to arrange. And when those things are looked after, you ask yourself: “Now, what is there to do?” That’s when entertainment comes to mind. Let me tell you a bit about nightlife in Dominical, my little corner of Costa Rica, down here in the Southern Zone of the country’s Pacific coast...

Living the Good Life…Like It Says in the Constitution

Living the Good Life…Like It Says in the Constitution

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September 11, 2018

My wife, Rita, and I have been living in Salinas on the Pacific coast of Ecuador for almost five years now, and we have started the process of applying for Ecuadorian citizenship. This isn’t a political statement, as we are still keeping our U.S. citizenship—it’s just that there are some real advantages to being a citizen of more than one country, and having a second passport...

What It Costs to Retire in Cuenca Versus Florida

What It Costs to Retire in Cuenca Versus Florida

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September 9, 2018

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where seniors flock to retire because they can lounge in the warm weather, drink pina coladas under the shade of palm trees, and not have to pay state income taxes. So why would I leave my seaside home by one of the best beaches in the U.S.? Well, Florida’s not so cheap anymore…and it’s hot. I have worked hard all of my life and had good jobs,

3 Social Security Benefits You Could Be Eligible For—But Not Know It

3 Social Security Benefits You Could Be Eligible For—But Not Know It

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September 8, 2018

Many people believe that Social Security will contact them if or when they qualify for a benefit, or a change in benefits. Too often, this is not the case. By policy, Social Security staff are trained not to advise us on how to get the most from our benefits. Instead, they just answer our questions, and sign us up. Here are a few examples of what I mean...

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

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September 7, 2018

One of the joys of living in Mexico is shopping in local markets, rather than sterile supermarkets or larger department stores. Browsing the market stalls and meeting the vendors is a much more “homely” experience, and brings you closer to the source of the goods themselves.Each market has its own distinct character and atmosphere…

Put Some Magic in Your Life in Mexico

Put Some Magic in Your Life in Mexico

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September 6, 2018

My husband Barry and I love visiting different parts of Mexico, our second home. Every year we explore a different region…and we always search out that area’s pueblos magicos (magic towns). Pueblos Magicos is a government program to promote tourism in towns that offer natural beauty, cultural richness, archeology, folklore, history, cuisine, and the arts...