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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.

4 life lessons best learned by living abroad

Experiencing the intricacies of culture shock over a period of years definitely helped me figure a few things out. The thing is: it’s not really one shock. It's more like waves.

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.

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