Category Archives: Costa Rica

Cara y cruz

I lived in Costa Rica for 25 years and have now lived in Panama for four. During that time, I have obviously gained insights into the contrasts between the two countries. Though neighbors, the topography did much to keep them … Continue reading

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Costa Rica is world’s greenest, happiest country

According to an article in today’s Guardian, Costa Rica “tops index ranking countries by ecological footprint and happiness of their citizens” A rainbow over San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica “Costa Ricans top the list because they report the … Continue reading

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The Global Peace Index

This year’s Global Peace Index has just been published. Not surprisingly, perhaps, New Zealand tops the list as the most peaceful country in the world, while Iraq brings up the rear (the Web page includes an explanation of the methodology … Continue reading

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Dia del Boyero

A postage stamp showing an ox cart still in use. Ox carts are an important part of Costa Rica’s cultural history. Each year, in March, there is a large parade of ox carts in Escazú, on the outskirts of San … Continue reading

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More of Trollope’s journey to San Jose

“That night, or the next morning rather, at about 2 A.M., we reached a wayside inn called San Mateo, and there rested for five or six hours. That we should obtain any such accommodation along the road astonished me, and … Continue reading

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Pulperías

The other day a Panamanian friend asked me why convenience stores are called pulperías in Costa Rica. I realized I didn’t know the answer. After doing some research on the Internet, I’m none the wiser. This is the kind of … Continue reading

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Laura’s graduation

My granddaughter Laura just graduated from sixth grade. Costa Rica uses the baccalaureate system for primary and second education. There is a kindergarten year (entry age: six), followed by six years of primary school. The school year runs from February … Continue reading

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