Thriving in the Time of COVID-19

What a difference 4 kilometers can make!  Previously, in my COVID chronicles, I was sweating all the uncertainty we were feeling about the rest of our plans for the year. We had just purchased a July flight home from Costa Rica that we weren’t sure we’d be able to take and the odds of making…

Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19

Many years ago I took a personality assessment for work and the results included this sentence that has stuck with me ever since: “Jaime likes to plan her work and work her plan.” I think one of the reasons I remember it so well is because our results were shared with our colleagues and all…

Caro Costa Rica

One of the Spanish words I’ve learned in the last couple of months is “caro,” which means “expensive.” Coming here from Mexico, I’ve found it to be an apt term to describe Costa Rica. “Caro” is also used as an endearment (just like “dear” in English can mean either expensive or express affection) and after…

Normalcy in the Time of COVID-19

My last post was pretty bleak, so I’ll start by saying, I feel much better. We’re still here in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, but things have gotten easier, as they tend to do. We’ve gotten used to this “new normal” of home-all-time, limited-grocery-shopping, daily-Zoom-calls, takeout-once-a-week, only-go-out-for-walks during the global pandemic. Being able to get used to…

Stuck in the Time of COVID-19

Or, All the Things I Hate About This Stupid Pandemic We’ve been in Costa Rica for almost six weeks now and in our chosen “shelter-in-place” home in Playas del Coco for two weeks. Here’s a link to my prior post about how we ended up here. We don’t regret our decision to remain in Costa…

Travel in the Time of COVID-19

I’m supposed to be on a plane right now, as I draft this post on March 21 at around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Today was to be the day we’d be traveling from Costa Rica to Peru. It was to be the day ending a weeklong trip from one of my best friends during her…

Still in Love with CDMX

Our five weeks in Mexico City were everything we wanted them to be and we left the city more in love with it than ever and committed to a longer stay (probably eight weeks) next year. We slowed our pace a little after the first week, only seeing two more movies and only seeing our…

CDMX: We’re Home!

We’ve officially been in Mexico City, aka Ciudad de Mexico, aka CDMX, for a week and a half and it certainly feels like home. We fell in love with this city when we stayed a week in December 2018 (read all about it here) and now that we’re here for a longer stay, we love…

Scoping Out San Miguel de Allende

We’d heard a lot about San Miguel de Allende, an artsy mountain town about 4 hours north of Mexico City. It is very popular with North American expats, especially retirees, and had been a long-term home for one of the nomad-lifestyle podcasters I follow. So we had high expectations for our week in SMA, and…

Playtime in Playa Del Carmen

After a great month and a half at home for the holidays, Chad and I were really ready to be back on the road where our pace is slower, everything is a little bit simpler, and we have more time together. Our first stop was Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, because I was…