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For my father, who loved Costa Rica

A Father's Day tribute.

Your brother’s my cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s son? A Costa Rican screenplay

She listens happily as cafetales grow back through fresh cement, as condominiums crumble into dust,

Of maes and men: intercultural marriage in Costa Rica

In a binational relationship, the person who gets to live in his or her native country doesn't always have the upper hand.

Costa Rica, The Quiz: Part II

Did you excel at our "Costa Rica: The Quiz"? Here's another round of questions to test your inner Tico.

A tale of two Costa Ricas: hope, inequality and an hour on the train

Most any journey by car or bus in greater San José is, well, less than life-affirming. The train, however, cuts through barriers.

Where does ‘brete’ come from?

Labor Day in the United States is as good an excuse as any to revisit the fascinating origins of "brete."

Why learning another language keeps us young

I giggle and gasp as I discover these misunderstandings, or when I hear phrases that are normal to Spanish speakers but sound funny to me. Life would be less interesting without them.

A room of our own: Costa Rican choteo and Virginia Woolf

Choteo, verbal play to take someone down a peg, has a central role in Costa Rican culture and language. It also presents a challenge to those trying to break new ground.

Costa Rica is for lovers: the affectionate language of daily life

In this Valentine's Day-inspired return of the "Maeology" column, Katherine Stanley Obando explores Costa Rican terms for love.

Help The Tico Times celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing your story

The Tico Times is on the lookout for Costa Rican love stories; share yours and be entered in a raffle for our latest book.
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