A conversation with Joe Baur on ‘Without a Path’

Travel writer Joe Baur interviewed me on the latest episode of his fascinating podcast, “Without a Path.” We share not only a love of Costa Rica but an obsession with Costa Rican slang, to the point where we both wrote books about it – check out his, “Talking Tico” – and it was great fun toContinue reading “A conversation with Joe Baur on ‘Without a Path’”

4 life lessons best learned from living abroad

Based on remarks to wonderful staff members, volunteers and friends of AFS Costa Rica in San José on Sept. 29. I’ve spent a number of years and many thousands of words pondering the lessons Costa Rica has taught me. Some of them are specific to the delightfully unique attitudes, wordplay, foibles and flaws of thisContinue reading “4 life lessons best learned from living abroad”

Waiting for gray (bochorno)

Dear E., The longer I live in places where you can wear flip-flops 12 months a year, the more obsessed I become with seasons. It’s not as simple as missing them. If I could choose right now, I’m not sure I’d wish the seasons of my childhood back into my current life. But I’m fascinatedContinue reading “Waiting for gray (bochorno)”

Why Rain Is Better by the Bucketful (qué baldazo)

The rainy season with you is lonely and cosy. We live in a city, and in summer it feels that way – we hear footfalls back and forth, one neighbor shouting to another, a conversation outside our gate, a honk for a friend, soccer ooooohs from Garros Bar down the hill. In the rain, though,Continue reading “Why Rain Is Better by the Bucketful (qué baldazo)”