Back from Costa Rica

February 21, 2017 Rob 4

By popular demand! A post on my recent stay in Costa Rica! I got back from Costa Rica a little over a week ago. I had planned to stay a little longer, but my laptop started acting up and I didn’t want to take a chance on not being able to get parts to fix it (It seems fine now). I was there for a little over a month. As I did last year, I stayed at Norma’s Villas in La […]

As promised, I’m leaving the country

November 13, 2016 Rob 4

A lot of celebrities have already broken their promises to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected President. I want to reassure you, however, that I still fully intend to keep my promise. I will be leaving for Costa Rica on January 12, 2017–a week before Trump’s inauguration. Granted, I was going to do this if Hillary won too, and I will most likely be returning to the U.S. in March, but the important thing is that I’m keeping […]

Come hang out with me in Costa Rica this winter

October 17, 2016 Rob 1

After moving away from California, I spent the winter of 2015 in Michigan, which was enough to remind me why I never wanted to spend another winter in Michigan. So last year I decided to take a break from the cold and gray for a while. I had long wanted to visit Costa Rica, and I found a listing on AirBnB for a small resort near Alajuela called Norma’s Villas. The price seemed reasonable, the pictures were gorgeous, and the […]

Eating in Costa Rica

February 12, 2016 Rob 1

I’ve now been in Costa Rica for nearly 4 weeks, and I think I’ve figured out how not to starve to death. It was a bit touch and go for a while there. Part of the problem is that I don’t really cook, and for the few things that I do know how to make, the ingredients can be hard to come by here. Take peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for example. You’d think you could get the ingredients for […]

Tico Time: In which I debunk some stereotypes and affirm others

January 24, 2016 Rob 3

In preparation for my trip, I read a couple of books on Costa Rica, so I thought I had a pretty good idea what the culture would be like here. I was mistaken—not because the culture is so different from mine, but because in many ways it is more similar than I expected. Pura Vida! Sad to say, I have only heard the phrase “pura vida” once since I’ve been here, and it was me saying it to the taxi […]

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

January 22, 2016 Rob 3

By now you probably know that I’ve fled to Costa Rica for the remainder of the winter. While I like living in Grand Rapids, the winters are a bit much to take, and last year I decided there was no way I was doing another full Michigan winter. So here I am. Why Costa Rica? Well, for starters, it’s warm. Costa Rica supposedly has the best climate on Earth; I’m three days in and I can’t complain. We’ve had highs […]