For expats working here, it’s a very different world

September 28, 2009
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Being an important expat destination, Costa Rica offers great weather, beaches and plenty of rainforests, and it can be, bureaucracy and all, a good location for expats who want to grow their businesses. However, there is a group of expats who not only do not own businesses but also need to make ends meet. They […]

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Trash and littering have become major problems

September 14, 2009
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Generating, disposing and treating waste has become one of the biggest and most serious problems of Costa Rican culture. The problem is not only a contradiction to the self-proclaimed ecological, diverse and clean reputation of the country, but also accurately illustrates the Tico short sightedness that prevents Costa Rica from becoming a developed nation. The […]

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Underdevelopment and the origins of Pura Vida

August 31, 2009
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There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you are thinking one year ahead, sow seeds. If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate your children.” This proverb gives light into how much planning goes into Chinese culture. Therefore, if the Chinese think 100 years […]

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Lasers lead the way to dentistry without hated drill

August 17, 2009
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For most people, going to the dentist is reason alone to have nightmares for several nights before sitting on that dreadful chair and getting tortured by the infamous chilling drill. Having a traumatic experience at the dentist has almost become a rite of passage during childhood for thousands of people. Fortunately, technology is now transforming […]

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Frequently that beautiful charmer is really a witch

August 3, 2009
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It is not news that Costa Rica is a sex destination, famous for legal prostitution and escorts virtually waiting for Gringos at the airport. Many foreigners who want to have a wild vacation choose this country specifically for that reason. There are Web sites that advertise sex tourism just like any other type of tourism.

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Culture magnifies impact of pesky pets on neighbors

July 20, 2009
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Among the myriad of problems one can find when moving to Costa Rica, there is one that takes longer to notice but it is no less serious: pets. Ticos consider and handle pets in a totally different way than Americans and not at all better. Pets are considered an optional responsibility by Tico pet owners. […]

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There are some advantages to making a will here

July 6, 2009
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Too many people put off doing their will and succession plans. Here is another reminder to do so, but more importantly, some tips to save money and make you more secure if you live in Costa Rica. A last will and testament means making life easier for the left behind. This priceless document can also […]

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