A tale of two Costa Ricas: hope, inequality and an hour on the train

Considering how much I love the idea of trains in general, and San José’s Tren Urbano specifically, it’s embarrassing how long it took me to hop aboard for a ride to and from Cartago. I’d ridden the train eastward from games at the National Stadium – by far the best way to get away fromContinue reading “A tale of two Costa Ricas: hope, inequality and an hour on the train”

The Real Secret of the World’s Happiest Country: MacGyver

Perhaps I should explain myself. Years ago, I was sitting at the rough cement table in our little garden with some friends. One was my former roommate here in this house, who had since headed back to the States and was now visiting Costa Rica once more. She posed an interesting question over our beers: what isContinue reading “The Real Secret of the World’s Happiest Country: MacGyver”