Libby: We’re Home

It is a weird morning here in Libby. Smoke from the wildfires in Washington and Oregon has blanketed the area and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has classified the air as hazardous. Looking out the bedroom window is eerie. Normally we have a view of the mountains (over the Sears), but the smoke/fog is…

On The Road Again (Literally)

Normally when I say we’re heading back out on the road, we spend very little time on roads. We fly to our main destinations, take trains and metros to get around, and use our feet for most of our daily travel. But this time, our revised Leg 6, so different from the Leg 6 I’d…

FAQ – What Did We Learn on Leg 5

To say Leg 5 was educational is an understatement. We faced a global pandemic and chose to get “stuck” in a foreign country. Obviously we learned a lot. Funny enough, I wrote in my “What Did We Learn on Leg 4” post that we weren’t learning so much about travel life anymore, but more about…

FAQ – How Far Off Were Our Leg 5 Numbers?

Usually in our travels, we hew pretty closely to our plans. Occasionally we’ll add a spontaneous overnight trip or decide not to do something we intended, but most of the time, the plans I make are excellent and we follow them. My budgets are very well-researched so generally speaking, we end up being slightly under…

Coming Home in the Time of COVID-19

I’m starting this post with just under a week to go before our flight home, but my plan is to wait and post once we’ve arrived safely (fingers crossed). Already, the journey home has been an odyssey.  You might recall from my last two posts in my COVID chronicles (Uncertainty and Thriving) that back in…

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…