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The intellectual migration of Pablo Bien

His family came from around the world to live in Costa Rica - and his Yiddish surname happens to work just fine in Costa Rica. Meet Pablo Bien.

First Lady seeks a new role: Costa Rican citizen

First Lady Mercedes Peñas Domingo had a big weekend.

From Syria to Cartago: One immigrant’s four-generation family business in Costa Rica

Víctor Méndez tells the story of his great-grandfather, José Barguil, who came to Costa Rica from Syria in 1930.

Meet Lama Thubten Wangchen: ‘We are citizens of the world’

The Tico Times sits down with Lama Thubten Wangchen, a special representative of the Dalai Lama to Europe, during his visit to Costa Rica.

Half a century of statelessness

A harrowing journey of nearly 50 years brought Pascal Hakizimana from Burundi to Costa Rica, where he awaits the resolution of his refugee request. Here's his story.

Retiring in Costa Rica: ‘Come here with an open mind’

Allen Dickinson retired to Costa Rica 10 years ago. Now with a Tica wife and a job as the editor of ARCR's El Residente magazine, he says the country has brought a lot of surprises his way.
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The History and Meaning Behind Costa Rica’s Lantern Parade

Every September 14th, on the eve of Independence Day, most towns and cities of Costa Rica celebrate the traditional lantern parade. Driven by educational...

Costa Rica Wildlife: Meet the Common House Gecko

They’re behind your clock. They’re in your curtains. They’re laying eggs in your knickknacks. They’re your constant housemates, so we might as well learn...

Empanadas in Costa Rica are as Easy as 1,2,3,4

All over Latin America, empanadas (turnovers) are eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. They vary in taste according to the ingredients used...

Costa Rica Independence Day meal with a side of history

TASTE OF THE TROPICS: How to make Chorreadas with Palmito Cheese and Guacamango