International Coffee Day

I was (pleasantly) surprised to notice/discover that today is International Coffee Day! In honor of the day, I thought I'd just post a quick picture of some coffee, fresh off of the coffee plant! When the seeds are red like that, they're ready to be picked and processed (which is a fairly long process in and of itself). But that's a story for another day. In the meantime, if you'd like to see more pictures of coffee, you can check out my album here. Thanks for reading, and thanks to our lovely Read more [...]

Tico-ish Episode 6 – Perfect Gifts for Gringos and Ticos

Hello again! I've been traveling out of Costa Rica for the last month or so, so I guess I really have been a Costa Rica Outsider of late. I've been pretty busy, but I have found a bit of time to record a new episode of Tico-ish with my friend Christa from Pura Vida Moms! You can check it out here: This episode is all about gifts. We talk about what kinds of things we take to give to people when we're visiting the US or Costa Rica. So if you're considering a trip to Costa Rica and you'll be staying Read more [...]

Tourist Attraction Review: Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park in La Fortuna

In a recent episode of Tico-ish we were talking about our favorite places to go in La Fortuna. Since the city is right by Arenal Volcano, there are many hot springs pools and resorts that are heated by the volcano, making the whole area a very popular tourist destination. In fact, it seems like every month or so a new hot springs place opens up. And that's actually why we decided to talk about La Fortuna, since I had gone to a relatively new place called Kalambu. It's officially called a "hot springs Read more [...]

Tico-ish Episode 4: The Best Places in La Fortuna

Update 2016-07-30: We mentioned several places in the video. Since I wrote this post, Christa wrote more information about her favorite places to eat in La Fortuna, and I wrote this post about Kalambu, the hot springs water park I mentioned in the video. Thanks! This week on Tico-ish Christa from Pura Vida Moms and I decided to talk about one of our favorite places to visit in Costa Rica: La Fortuna! It's also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country for both domestic and Read more [...]

Shopping in Costa Rica – A New Episode of Tico-ish

Hi everyone! I've got some good news: the new episode of Tico-ish is up! In it, Christa from Pura Vida Moms and I talk about shopping in Costa Rica. I also have some great news: with my new headphones, the audio on my side doesn't sound like I recorded it in a garbage can on the moon! Finally, there's a bit of bad news: you still have to deal with my voice. And I guess you'll have to continue to deal with my voice until we acquire the technology to give me a clear, better-sounding, more-powerful Read more [...]

Tico-ish Episode 1 – A New Video Series!

I'm very pleased to announce that my friend Christa and I have started a new video series called "Tico-ish." She's the mind behind Pura Vida Moms, a great new website about parenting, Costa Rica, and bilingualism, among other topics. Yep, that's me on the right and no, I don't know what happened. She and I are both high school friends that ended up marrying Costa Ricans from the same town. She and her husband live in Denver and I live here in Costa Rica with my wife. In the series we'll be Read more [...]

Great Article About Visiting Costa Rica

I wanted to share this article that has some really great tips about visiting Costa Rica. It has some good general advice about what to expect from a trip to Costa Rica, and how to go about planning one. My favorite/least favorite one is actually number 2, about the days always being about the same length! It's weird, but even after 10 years here, that's something that still annoys me, for some reason. Anyhow, the article is on the blog Mom Endeavors, although the tips were written by my friend Read more [...]

Hotel Review: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Hello! It's been a busy couple of months, but I finally have a couple minutes to write a new hotel review. I've been meaning to write this review for a while now since we went there at the start of May...May 2015! In the meantime, we've also gone there on two other occasions, including the start of this month. So it's high time for a review. I'll talk about the area, the hotel itself, and some things you can do when you're there. Finally, we'll get into a few ways that you can stay there without Read more [...]

This is Bananas

Hi there! My dad recently sent me this video, which inspired me to do a post: As you can see, bananas are surprisingly interesting. Here in Costa Rica, they're much more commonly grown on the Caribbean coast, which isn't as visited by tourists as the Pacific coast. It's a shame, since it's a beautiful area, but it's also more difficult to get to. And I suppose that also makes it more of a hidden gem. But you can also find bananas throughout the rest of the country, including in our own back Read more [...]

Independence Day in Costa Rica

  I was looking through the Costa Rica Outsider archive and I was surprised to find that I'd not written anything about Costa Rican Independence Day yet. That's not a huge omission, I suppose, but it's worth mentioning since this is a blog about Costa Rica, after all. I guess this is my 10th Independence Day in Costa Rica! I came here at the end of August 2006, so even though I've just been here 9 years, the confounding math seems to add up to 10 Independence Days. I don't really even Read more [...]