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 [...]

New Denver-Costa Rica Flight Coming!

This is good news for any fellow Coloradans looking to visit Costa Rica: United will be starting direct flights between Denver and both San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica in December! That's much nicer than going through Houston (where immigration is terrible), Dallas, or Miami, and it'll mean you don't have to spend an entire day traveling in each direction, since a direct flight takes about 5 or 6 hours. You can read more here. Previously, the only direct Denver-Costa Rica flights were on Frontier, Read more [...]

Costa Rican Food: Miel de Ayote

Good evening! It's nearly Halloween, or it may even already be Halloween where you are, and you know what that means: you're probably going to have a lot of pumpkin left over on November 1st! That's why I decided to write this post, since an ayote is a gourd that's pretty similar to a pumpkin. I understand that I probably should have written this post a week or two ago when people were carving pumpkins, but then again, it's not like they're actually going to eat the pumpkins they carved. So, here's Read more [...]

Everyday Life In Costa Rica: RTV

There are three initials that cause nearly every Costa Rican to groan when they hear them. No, I'm not talking about TQM (te quiero mucho), although many do groan when they hear that since it's cheesy. I'm talking about RTV: The annual vehicle inspection required for all Costa Rican cars, trucks, vans, taxis, buses, and basically anything else with wheels except wheelchairs and oxcarts. Having a car in Costa Rica is very useful, and I actually couldn't envision living where I do in the mountains Read more [...]

Pastel Palmares

I took these sunset pictures when I was hanging out in the city center of Palmares, killing time before my class: I normally don't post just pictures, but maybe I should. It makes for an easy, quick post, and I think they may get more interest than longer, written articles. Maybe I should do more posts with pictures? If you have any thoughts, just tell me in the comments. Thanks! Read more [...]

Smirnoff, Schmirnoff

My friend Brad pointed out this article to me today. You can have a look at it, but the gist of it is that for some reason, Costa Rica is the #1 consumer of Smirnoff Ice in the world! Any time this little country is #1 in anything, it gets my interest, so I checked it out. It's interesting, since you do see Smirnoff Ice everywhere here. But since I've lived here for 8 years, I didn't know that it wasn't normal when compared to the rest of the world. I also didn't know that it had a reputation Read more [...]