Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Interpersonal Relationships; Lessons Learned in Costa Rica, Part I

There's something about being in a foreign country that exaggerates the good and bad of interpersonal relationships; perhaps we make crazier decisions or maybe we see their impact more clearly in unfamiliar situations.  Whatever it is, I feel I've learned a lot of the type of lessons that can't be taught, only experienced. I have… Continue reading Interpersonal Relationships; Lessons Learned in Costa Rica, Part I

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Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

I Think I Found the Pura Vida; Also, Why Do I Blog?

The title of my blog is "The Quest for Pura Vida," which is lovely and wonderful; it was born of a need to identify the blog as something to do with Costa Rica and a penchant for the word "quest". Now that I'm nearing the end of said quest, though, something's got to change. I… Continue reading I Think I Found the Pura Vida; Also, Why Do I Blog?

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

If I Went to the Beach and Didn’t Take Pictures, Was I Still There?

Bocas del Toro, Panama When I went: January 2014 (high season) Going to Bocas del Toro (literally "mouths of the bull") was a series of firsts for me.  It was my first time in Panama, my first time going more than three meters underwater, my first time crossing any national border on land, and most… Continue reading If I Went to the Beach and Didn’t Take Pictures, Was I Still There?