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Dolores Plate, Heredia

Published Wednesday July 01, 2015 (19:49:32)
Dolores Plate
Who are you?

I'm a 50-something US Air Force retired woman. I like working out and do it just about every day. I have 2 dogs, a Schnauzer and a Pekingese/mix.

I really love animals so I volunteer with two rescue groups, ABRAZA in Zarcero and Adopciones Grecia in Grecia. I became vegan a few years ago and it completely changed my life. I was healthy but I had started to notice the middle aged spread that people talk about.    more ...

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Jackie Minchillo, Playa Langosta

Published Tuesday June 30, 2015 (22:43:14)
Jackie and husband rafting the Tenorio River!
Who are you?

My name is Jackie. I am a 26-year-old communications professional and freelance writer. I grew up in Michigan in the United States and most recently I lived in Chicago with my husband Junior and our dog Harvey. I've always had a passion for travel and a craving for international experiences. My husband and I began talking about moving abroad in April 2015 and we are so happy we made the move.    more ...

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Matt and Niki Meeks, Atenas

Published Sunday March 02, 2014 (04:41:09)
Matt & Niki Meeks
Who are you?

Matt & Niki Meeks, children Max 4 ½, Sara 2 ½ and Sofi 5 weeks and Coffee Dog

We consider ourselves a young family, only because of the age of our children.

After working 20 years for the same company, growing weary of the negativity around us, and having to set appointments for our children to play with friends, we started soul searching for an avenue to a better, less complicated way of life. We are from the great state of Texas and still proud to be Texans, but we are adventurous and love to travel so we started talking about an international move.    more ...

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Jacqueline Bain, Orosi Valley

Published Tuesday November 19, 2013 (00:41:02)
Jacqueline Bain
Who are you?

I am a woman in my mid-twenties from Minnesota, United States. I went to undergraduate in Arizona and gained a BA in Social Psychology. I then went on to earn my MA in Social Entrepreneurship from a university in California. I enjoy writing and reading, especially novels about utopian/dystopian and conflicting ideals. I enjoy living near the ocean, as I grew up in the Midwest and could only visit the ocean on vacations. I also love trees, as I believe they possess a knowledge and patience beyond what humans have been able to appreciate and comprehend. I enjoy traveling and feeling the energy of the morning in a new place.    more ...

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Shannon Enete, Central Pacific Coast

Published Saturday November 16, 2013 (18:28:17)
Shannon Enete
Who are you?

I'm an outdoor enthusiast from San Diego, California who loves to meet new people from around the globe. I absolutely love kayaking, hiking, camping, surfing, and exploring. I am married to an extraordinary woman, Cammy Enete whom I met here in Costa Rica. She was the daughter of my property manager!

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about a year and a half ago. After a back-injury ended my career as a paramedic, I founded Enete Enterprises, LLC a video and print publication company. This new venture granted me the freedom to move about the globe!    more ...

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Jerry Nelson, San Jose

Published Wednesday June 19, 2013 (03:13:22)
Jerry Nelson
Who are you?

My name is Jerry Nelson. I am a 57yo male from America. As a freelance photojournalist, I get to travel many different places and experience many different things. Much different than the life I would've had if I'd have stayed in the small mountain town in Virginia where I was raised.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

2009 I came to Costa Rica. Following the break up with my fiance at the time, I just had to “get away”. While traveling so much is a form of getting “away”, I wanted somewhere that wasn't America; somewhere that people might appreciate the possessions they owned and appreciate the people around them.    more ...

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John G. Dungan, Arenal

Published Thursday June 14, 2012 (01:49:33)
John G. Dungan
I am a retired RN, married for 44 years to a retired school teacher. We moved to Costa Rica in April of 2009, after researching and preparing for nearly ten years. We had purchased a small lot about seven months prior to our move, and we made the mistake of paying to ship a container with all of our household belongings, major appliances, and furnishings. We did not get a fair deal out of that experience, so be warned if you plan the same. The final cost came in at more than 50% higher than the promised estimate, and considering how much we spent on this shipping, we would have been much better off just buying new things here.

We had usually visited the same general area of Costa Rica during our previous visits, so the decision about where to live was easy. This was a mistake, also. While we live in a very beautiful setting, surrounded by beauty, we have found that there are just too many things that we cannot count on having available to us.    more ...

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Andy and Fran Browne, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (09:49:19)
Andy and Fran Browne
Hello, we are Andy and Fran Browne, two hard working yet forcibly retired gringos now living in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica.

Fran and I grew up in South Florida, attending many of the same schools and lived only blocks apart, but somehow we never met. One day while at party at a friend's house, we finally did meet. At the time, Fran was dating a friend of mine but it seemed that things between us just clicked. Within three weeks we were sharing an apartment and just 6 months later we wound up married. What can I say... it was the 70's and we all did impulsive things. So here it is, 38 years later, we're still married, unemployed and loving life in Costa Rica. To our credit, we raised two wonderful sons, one of which is married and has graced us with two very energetic grandchildren and our second son remains single, but is trying to settle down.    more ...

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Deb Klipper

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (09:02:55)
Deb Klipper
I am Deb Klipper and I have been joyfully married to my best friend Rob for 28 years. I am 58, he is 62. I left a job as a Special Educator in San Antonio Texas and he retired from a job as a biomedical researcher. We have two grown daughters and two granddaughters all living in the USA. Here in Costa Rica, we have a wonderful adopted yellow Lab named “Dude” and an adopted Calico cat named “Sarita”.

We vacationed in Costa Rica for 3 weeks during the summer of 2002. With a rental SUV, we traveled over 2000kms. As we sat in our hotel room the night before our departure we were both in tears. We did not want to leave this place where we felt the level of peace and connectivity that we did. The seed was planted.    more ...

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