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 …
Why is a sabbatical wish list useful One of the items that is repeatedly advised in every book or blog about planning a sabbatical is to carefully think about: What is your main motivation for taking the sabbatical, i.e. why do you want to go on a sabbatical? What do you want to get from the … More The sabbatical wish list
So, once that we had decided the date -2020- and the place – Costa Rica- everything became much more concrete. Butterflies in the stomach!. Yes, the time to dream about it was gone. We were going to do it!! (do you also hear the fireworks in the background?). Needless to say, once that the place and … More The planning board
Once that we made the decision to take a year off, the key question was where? We both agreed that it had to be a tropical country. Despite the fact (or may be because of the fact) that we live in Sweden, we both hate cold weather. Spending our money on a one year sabbatical … More Why Costa Rica?
It was probably around the Christmas 2015 that the idea of making some life changes started to take form. The year 2015 had been a particularly tough and frustrating year at work. I had a growing sense of frustration with the direction that my working life had taken. I realised that I used to eagerly … More How everything started…and the books that helped