Expat Extra – Mike & Martina

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We first met Mike & Martina just recently, after hearing about them for a while and people telling us that “you just have to meet them, we know you’ll like them!”  Well – we do!  They are our age (a rare thing here!), down to earth,  sweet and so easy to talk to.  We plan on seeing them much more – they are just our type of people.

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Expat Extra – THE MIKES

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Please welcome Mike and Michael, otherwise known as “The Mikes”, to my Expat Extra series. Originally from Dallas, they now call Costa Rica home, and have been here for 2 years.

These guys are amazing – they bought a dilapidated old B&B property with a river running through it (seriously), and are in the process of totally revamping it into the coolest house and farm, which they have named “San Miguel del Rio Oro”.

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Expat Extra – Lori and Kurt H.

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Hello friends, and welcome to another Expat Extra!  Today I am interviewing Lori about her and her husband Kurt’s life in Jacó, Costa Rica.  

Lori and I were “internet friends” forever, it seemed, when we finally got to meet in person a few weeks ago, when she and group of girls from Jacó came to visit Grecia. We had tons of fun that day –  I showed them around Grecia, we got filmed for a commercial (right place at the right time), we got caught in the rain (was still rainy season), and finished the day off at my house with some sweets and a foggy view. 

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Expat Extra – Beverly Kronquest


Hello friends!  Welcome to another Expat Extra, today I am featuring the lovely Ms. Beverly Kronquest.  

Beverly is a lady of sophistication and down-to-earth goodness.  She has a beautiful heart, a genuine smile, and is one of those people who can talk to anyone.  Every time I see her, I go away feeling happy and good about myself (she is a genuine, giving and rare type of woman).

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Expat Extra – Samantha Wei

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Hello friends and Happy Monday to you all!  I’m very excited about today’s Expat Extra, featuring  Samantha Wei.  

We first met Samantha and her boyfriend Yeison (pronounced “Jason”) through the online/social media/blogging world and then we got to meet them in person when we visited the Guanacaste area while they lived in Playas del Coco. We liked them immediately upon meeting them.  They are laid back, sweet, interesting, smart and kind.  They have the best blog and website (MyTanFeet.com), and I’m so proud of them with how they’ve grown it and make a living on it (although I am NOT envious of their working hours!).

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Expat Extra – Debbie Rudd


Hello everyone, and welcome to another Expat Extra. Today’s post features Debbie Rudd, who lives in Grecia.

I really admire Debbie – because she retired and moved to Costa Rica all by herself! Since landing here, she has really immersed herself in the Tico culture and loves all things Costa Rica.

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Expat Extra – Jeane Brennan and Jesse Peeler

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Hello friends! I’m excited to bring you another great Expat Extra today, this time featuring Jeane and Jesse who now live in Sierpe, Costa Rica. I met this cute couple when they lived in Grecia, and although they moved before I could get to know them better, I really liked what I saw in them.

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Expat Extra – Irina and Jim Just


Welcome to another Expat Extra!

When I first moved here and started going to yoga classes, one of my friends asked me: “Have you met Irina yet? She’s a hoot!”

And indeed, Irina IS a hoot. She has enriched my life here in Costa Rica, especially with her and her husband’s fabulous dinner parties (Jim is an excellent chef). She is always feisty and fun to talk to, she loves a good pinot noir wine, and whenever I see her she is wearing my ankle candy – I enjoy her immensely.

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Expat Extra – Steven Friedman

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Today on the Expat Extra, I am featuring Steve & Martha Friedman. They are living their Costa Rican dream ON THE BEACH. Yep – they reside in Playa Hermosa (which means “beautiful beach,” how appropriate is that?) in the Guanacaste region. I’ve been to Playa Hermosa, and it is a charming little beach.

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Expat Extra – Jennifer Turnbull-Houde


Hello everyone! I am starting something new that I’m very excited about. Every now and then (under no set schedule, as I live in pura-vida-ville), I am going to be doing a little segment called “EXPAT EXTRA” where I will be interviewing an expat and telling you their story.

So, here is my first ever EXPAT EXTRA!  Today I am featuring the young and lovely Jennifer Turnbull-Houde.  I feel a certain connection to Jenn because she and her husband Matt landed here in Costa Rica just a month after we did in 2013 – so we are kinda anniversary twinkies.  They quit their cushy jobs in Boston and moved here to live a more simple and happy life, very similar to us, except they did it in their early 30’s!  Here in Costa Rica, they work hard on their blog, books, and trip planning services – but now they are working on something they love, and in a place with no more winters (win/win!).  Check out her homemade jam she makes (below) – the picture alone is making my mouth water!

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