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Shannon Enete

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Shannon Enete

Majestic Rio Celeste, Costa Rica’s Fairytale Land

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday August 13, 2014 (04:19:21)   (2418 Reads)
Shannon Enete
Hiking through Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park is like a scene from a Disney flick, seemingly unreal with each step. Complete with a magically glowing river and waterfall to reward your exertion.

Just arriving to the park can be an adventure if you attempt it without a guide. There is access from both the west and the east, however Google Maps doesn’t display the small dirt roads needed to access the park. Surprisingly, our ancient friend, Mapquest does the trick. The closer you get to the protected park the more magical it becomes. A few miles out I saw a tree with hundreds of straw looking bags hanging from an enormous rainbow eucalyptus.    more ...


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Reshaping A Canadian’s Life In Costa Rica

Posted by: Carole on Thursday June 05, 2014 (02:51:42)   (1809 Reads)
Shannon Enete
My path crossed with Corey’s when he contacted me about an author interview for my recent release, Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica. The more I found out about Corey Coates the more I wanted to hear his story, and so it goes…

“I like the interaction between the brain and the machine, I’m an audio learner”~ Corey Coates

Corey is from a small town outside of Toronto with just 5,500 neighbors. Music has been key throughout his life. He rocked out for most of his 20s as a professional musician, then transitioned into teaching guitar, working in a recording studio, and finally entered the world of radio editing. Seems like he found an excellent niche!    more ...


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A Day In The Life Of A Costa Rican Expat With Kayak Jaco

Posted by: Carole on Sunday May 04, 2014 (00:20:53)   (2084 Reads)
Shannon Enete
Every morning in Costa Rica is different and exciting. This morning I chose to spend it with Kayak Jaco and I'm happy for it, since it was the highlight of my month. Guides Wilbur and Jacob taught the group the basics of paddling, with Kayak Jaco’s homemade bamboo paddles, prior to pushing off for a three-hour journey that exceeded my every expectation!

Playa Agujas, the beach of origin, has gorgeous green-blue flat water that begs an invitation. After the guides assisted the five of us into the water, we paddled over to a small cave. They taught us about the hundreds of birds that inhabited the trees just above the cave. A paddle around the rocks treated us with an osprey eagle and numerous pelicans. The water was glassy, smooth, and emerald green along the rocks. My guides checked in numerous times to assure that the pace was not too strenuous for each paddler.    more ...


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Costa Rica vs. Ecuador, Which Country Is Your Best Retirement Option?

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday April 15, 2014 (01:17:59)   (3470 Reads)
Shannon Enete
Part I - Immigration

Year after year, International Living, Forbes, and hundreds of other publications release a list of the best places to retire. Do you believe that one retirement destination fits all? Where you spend your golden years is an extremely personal and variable. One expat-to-be may place a warm climate at the top of their list. Another places cost of healthcare above all. Ever since I published Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica, the questions have poured in.    more ...


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Fears And Solutions For Solitary Women Expat/Travelers

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday March 04, 2014 (21:33:30)   (3093 Reads)
Shannon Enete
In my travels, I have come across single women around the world that express, “I’d like to travel, but I don’t have anyone to go with.” Having traveled alone, I asked what was stopping them. What I found was a mixture of fears and concerns.

Blending in

Amanda Heckart, from California, shared, “My biggest fear is looking like a tourist because it seems to lend itself to safety issues. Will I get mugged because I look like I don’t belong? If I get lost, will I be able to find someone approachable for help? Do I have adequate resources or access to resources if I need them?”    more ...


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Expat Traveler Survival Kit

Posted by: Carole on Sunday February 02, 2014 (06:02:45)   (3153 Reads)
Shannon Enete
Moving abroad is in and of itself a huge feat, loaded with adventures and trials around every bend. It takes a unique, flexible individual to make it work. Oftentimes, those individuals are avid travelers, but once settled down into a new culture they stop exploring. Over the last two years living in Costa Rica, my wife and I traveled to over twenty-five domestic destinations and have created new experiences, hiked new trails, saw active volcanoes and raging rivers, zip-lined through cloud forests, observed 16 foot crocodiles alongside our boat, kayaked in a crater lake and along the Caribbean Coast, was enthralled by fire dancers, surfed a few great breaks, learned countless lessons, met amazing people, swam in waterfall pools, cliff dived over 55 feet (my butt still hurts), touched starfish,    more ...


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Christmas Day As A Costa Rican Expat

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday December 31, 2013 (17:04:53)   (3169 Reads)
Shannon Enete
My Christmas morning was not spent unwrapping gifts. Nor was there a traditional Christmas tree. I didn’t fight any holiday traffic, or wrap a single gift! There was no holiday stress, or rush. There was, however, abundant joy!

It can be a bit difficult to get into the mood of the season without a chill in the air and never-ending Christmas music played in every retail store. In an attempt to rectify this, my wife and I decorated a small palm tree, just outside of our house, with lights and ornaments. We also played our favorite Christmas music while relaxing at home. Since we moved abroad, Cammy and I have decided to exchange experiences rather than gifts. This new tradition works better for us in two ways. First, it helps us keep our life “travel-sized.” Secondly, we seek out experiences more than objects, understanding that we can cherish them for a lifetime.    more ...


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The 5 Best Beaches in Costa Rica That No One Knows About

Posted by: Carole on Thursday December 12, 2013 (03:36:58)   (4037 Reads)
Shannon Enete
While it’s no secret that Costa Rica is home to some of the best beaches in Central America, where to find them can often be a challenge. Living in Costa Rica has afforded me the time and relationships with locals that privy me to this sacred information that I will now share with you.

Playa Bejuco (pronounced bay-who-ko)

A 35 minute drive south of Jaco will lend you to an expansive coconut-palmed oasis. It’s easy to miss, however, so keep a watchful eye out for the single-access dirt road marked Playa Bejuco. There is one small grocery, or pulpería, where you can buy a snack along the dirt road. After about a half-mile you will reach the café colored beach where you can park, hang a hammock in the ample coconut trees, or venture south another half-mile to the Delfin, a small hotel and bar and enjoy a cold beverage.    more ...