Category Archives: Costa Rica Living

New Road to Farm

Does the road mean progress? Well I do believe it does, I do believe it does.

Building in Costa Rica. Our all wood cabin and our new gravel road. This is our new road and our progress on the cabin. The road has all the material it needs but the caterpillar needs to come back on Monday to flatten it down and make it nice. We have been driving on it

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Natural Water Slide Costa Rica

Swimming with Birds & Monkeys & Building the Cabin

Swimming with birds & monkeys & Building the cabin in Costa Rica Enjoying Nature in Costa Rica while building the cabin, our video You may notice that Barry is editing this video. He claims that in the past I would make fun of him by being biased in what clips I decided to use. I vehemently deny the

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Costa Rica License Plate

First Days on our Costa Rica Farm, Starting the Cabin Construction and Machete Sharpening

Our first days living on a Costa Rica farm. We were staying on a friends farm and learning everything including Spanish. You can’t expect to come to Costa Rica and just take the country by storm. Even if you have a building plan, money and big dreams, nobody cares. There are permissions, stamps and rules that need

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Butter, Bounty and the Toucan – Our new life in Costa Rica Begins (VIDEO)

Making Butter, Collecting Fruit and the Birds – Our new life in Costa Rica Begins We arrived on December 7th and it has rained every day save for three since then. The Caribbean rainy season can last until February and then begins again in August. It is the rain that keeps everything this lovely shade

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heliconia flower

Why we decided to fly, not drive to Costa Rica

Fying instead of Driving and Shipping our stuff to Costa Rica This is an update on our trip. We were planning to drive to Costa Rica this week but have decided to fly instead. There are several factors that went in to this decision, some I consider to be “everything happens for a reason” reasons.

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Plans to move to Costa Rica

Driving to Costa Rica – Fitting it all in

Driving to Costa Rica. Fitting it all in. Hi all. This video shows how we put an entire house full of stuff into the back of an 1999 S10 pickup. Fun things about this leg of the trip included looking down at my ring finger half way through Wisconsin and not knowing where my wedding

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Costa Rica License Plate

The Hovlands get Fingerprinted – Applying for Residency in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Applying for Residency in Costa Rica In early August we went back to Costa Rica to apply for residency. We stayed in San Jose proper which is unusual for us, as we normally get straight on a bus to Siquirres and never get to see the big city. We decided that after business was was finished that

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Love Shack

End of July The Starplate Loveshack

End of July Building the Starplate Loveshack It is the end of July 2009 and this is our loveshack that we’ll be living in while we build our house. It has all the walls now and has screen around the entire building. It is made using the starplate system. Barry & his Dad Peter built

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Plans to move to Costa Rica

Updates and Transitions – Preparing for the Move to Costa Rica

Updates and Transitions – Preparing for the move to Costa Rica All kinds of fun stuff going on since the last post. Coleman got back to us with a big thumbs down on our trip sponsorship. The reason, no budget. Really Coleman? If your CEO decided that he wanted to finger paint our truck I

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