Author Archives: Deirdre Veldon and Paul Cullen

El fin

All things must pass, even our family sabbatical. No-one wanted to go home, but home we went anyway. After 130 days in Central America, we boarded a plane from San Jose to Atlanta, where we passed a night en route … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with a new language

We’ve been drowning in subjunctives and past imperfects in a late bid to improve our Spanish. None of us had a word of Spanish when we came here four-and-a-half months ago, and now we all leave with the basics of … Continue reading

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A taste of the good life – without the digging

In our new place, back in Nicaragua, we thought it would be nice to go out for dinner last evening. So we stepped out the door of our casita, scissors in hand, and gathered some black and yellow aubergines, tomatoes … Continue reading

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Did the earth move for you baby?

We don’t spend a lot of time worrying about earthquakes, though they are part of life throughout Central America. So we were caught unawares the other day when our rented house at Samara Beach rattled and juddered for five seconds. … Continue reading

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Is this the world’s smallest school?

Remote is just one word of many we used to describe the house at the end of the 20km dirt track, where we stayed in the western hills of Costa Rica. The single amenity nearby was the local primary school, … Continue reading

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Where the wild things are

If our trip to Nicaragua was all about meeting people with interesting back stories, Costa Rica is about wildlife. Not surprising really, given the country has the highest percentage of biodiversity of any country. Yet we continue to be astounded … Continue reading

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Over the border on a bicycle

After almost three happy months in Nicaragua, we had to move on. But first there was the small matter of crossing the land border with Costa Rica, no easy feat when you are as encumbered as we are. The first … Continue reading

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