First stop in the scouting trip: Puerto Viejo, in the caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Of the four destinations shorlisted, this is the one for which we have more doubts. On the positive side, Puerto Viejo is surrounded by a national park (Cahuita) and a protected area (Gandoca-Manzanillo); has access to one of the best … More The scouting trip (II). Puerto Viejo
So, after some delays and changes of plans (I got the Chickenpox the week before I was supposed to travel to San Jose!!), I was finally on my way to Costa Rica for the scounting trip! I was exahusted and still quite weak from the illness, but full of excitement about what lied ahead of … More The scouting trip (I). First impressions arriving to Costa Rica
The to do list- 8 months before The Reboot your life book by Allen et al, suggest a list of to do´s for 8 months before the start of the sabbatical related to planning an educational sabbatical, organising work, financing the sabbatical and preparing the house. Our highlights of that list were the following: Apply … More To do 8 months before: the scouting trip and other to do’s
About a year before the starting date of the sabbatical, there are a number of things that one can start doing in preparation for the sabbatical. Our one year-before to-do list includes the following items: Prepare the wish list with all the things that we ideally like to do during the sabbatical Brainstorm with partner … More To do one year before
Why? Could you go on holidays to a country where you don’t speak the language? It depends on the country but often you can, definitely if you stay in more or less touristic areas. Could you stay there for a year without speaking the language? Perhaps yes, but your life will be much better if … More Aprendiendo español
In my last blog, I indicated how the wish list helped identifying some of the key criteria to decide where to live in Costa Rica. So, out next addition to the planning board was the criteria list for where to live in Costa Rica. In our case, the main criteria was: Close to National Parks (more or less … More Where in Costa Rica?
Cristina and I have done quite some travels in our joint and separate pasts. One practicality that we share is the use of lists to prepare for the trips: packing lists, to-do lists, last-day-preparations lists and last-minute lists. We use them now too to prepare for the sabbatical. The sabbatical wish list is just one … More Lists, lists, lists …