Roommates: a strange concept for Ticos, but are we missing out?
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Arts and Culture
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Roommates: a strange concept for Ticos, but are we missing out?

Raquel Chanto - June 29, 2015

Sometime between cave dwelling and Airbnb, human beings managed to develop not just the concept of private property but also the notion of private space. We developed…

The measure of an expat: how many ‘varas’ in a mile?
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Newsletter
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The measure of an expat: how many ‘varas’ in a mile?

Raquel Chanto - June 1, 2015

See also: Going out on 'un date' - the cultural quirks of romance A couple of years ago, my family and I took a road trip in…

Patriotism abroad: loving one culture while embracing another
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Patriotism abroad: loving one culture while embracing another

Raquel Chanto - April 18, 2015

For anyone who grew up in Alajuela, April conjures up images of flag-filled parades, where the humming of the drums and the whistling of the flutes merge…

Food choices, then and now: from Guayabitas to cage-free eggs
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Arts and Culture
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Food choices, then and now: from Guayabitas to cage-free eggs

Raquel Chanto - March 16, 2015

Recommended: Save the date – a Costa Rican abroad encounters social calendars Childhood is a country of its own. It is a place with a particular set of…

Going out on ‘un date’ – the cultural quirks of romance
Expat Living
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Expat Living
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Going out on ‘un date’ – the cultural quirks of romance

Raquel Chanto - February 16, 2015

Recommended: Ticos in a winter wonderland It is perhaps fitting that Valentine’s Day should be named after a martyr. More than anything, February 14th evokes that delectable yet…

Ojalá: A Costa Rican sense of luck
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Arts and Culture
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Ojalá: A Costa Rican sense of luck

Raquel Chanto - January 17, 2015

As the clock strikes midnight and the fireworks light up the night sky, thousands of Costa Rican families prepare for the rituals that, for generations, have marked…

Ticos in a winter wonderland
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Arts and Culture
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Ticos in a winter wonderland

Raquel Chanto - December 15, 2014

Recommended: Save the date - a Costa Rican abroad encounters social calendars In a brilliant short story by Sergio Ramírez, a veteran meteorologist discovers that, owing to…

Save the date: A Costa Rican abroad encounters social calendars
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Save the date: A Costa Rican abroad encounters social calendars

Raquel Chanto - November 17, 2014

There can be major adaptations in a minor culture shock. In terms of way of life and social norms, the gap between Costa Rica and the United…