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 […]