On a sunny day, Ireland is the most beautiful country in the world. Bog flowers bloom, lush meadows invite you to hop their lichen-covered stone walls, and the seas of Europe’s Celtic fringe take on the character of the Greek Aegean: shimmering turquoise, blue, and aquamarine...
I came from Sarasota, Florida to Quepos in 2008 to retire, after having checked out the area in eight prior visits over five years. I was looking for a spot near the ocean and close to the diverse wildness for which Costa Rica is famous.
Shortly after moving to southern Costa Rica in 2015, a new priority topped my "to do" list: make friends. I knew that cultivating friendships would be essential for me to adjust to my new life.
Barbara Wolfe and her husband Bill actually began their expat life in Cuenca, Ecuador. But after four happy years there, the intrepid Minnesota couple moved to Porto, Portugal’s second city, joining the ranks of expats who are “serial relocators:” those who live in turn in more than one overseas location.
Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, on the southernmost point of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma has an off-the-beaten-path feel. Visitors and locals enjoy its quiet beaches, proximity to wildlife, and unique laidback artistic vibe. Though it has a small population--roughly 500 people--Montezuma has a vibrant arts...
The Philippines is a nation comprised of over 7,000 islands, and an internet search for “best islands in the Philippines” turns up 78,500,000 results, so picking the right spots can seem a little daunting.
Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t just the sea and the beach that made me fall in love with this coastal Portuguese town. Cascais has a lot more to offer than just beautiful scenery and a laidback atmosphere.
Aji de Gallina is one of Peru’s classic dishes made from the famous brightly colored aji amarillo peppers. Although they are called yellow peppers, they are usually more orange than yellow. The spicy creamed chicken dish is traditionally served over rice...
My husband, Enzo, and I are living in Spoleto, Italy, in the center of Umbria—pretty much in the center of Italy. Each day, we awaken to bright sunshine and enjoy a relaxed breakfast in our garden of roses and herbs, overlooking the hills and terracotta rooftops.
Though it’s technically not a fjord, the Bay of Kotor is often described as one, thanks to its steep surrounding slopes that plunge dramatically into the water. Quaint old towns dot the shores of this butterfly-shaped bay, inviting history lovers, culture seekers, and people watchers.