How much does a one year sabbatical in Costa Rica cost? (Part 2)

Part 2- One-time expenses A very common question that we get is how much did our one year sabbatical in Costa Rica cost? In this post you will have information on the one-time costs. These are usually expenses that occur at the beginning of the sabbatical. This is how it looked for us. Car purchase … More How much does a one year sabbatical in Costa Rica cost? (Part 2)

How much does a one year sabbatical in Costa Rica cost? (Part 1)

Part 1- running expenses We are asked often how much did our one year sabbatical in Costa Rica cost? Of course, it all depends on lifestyles as well as the size of the family. But before our trip we had read that, on average, the running expenses are between 12000-14000 US$ per person for a … More How much does a one year sabbatical in Costa Rica cost? (Part 1)

Why ‘doing nothing’ feels so alien. A reflection on the first 30 days of the sabbatical.

Oops! Have we been here already for a month?

After 10 hectic days in Alajuela and more than two weeks doing nada on the beach, I finally have the need to start doing something. I am basically getting anxious because I see the days passing by without accomplishing anything, apart from resting and blogging. I realize that part of the problem is that I am so used to do something and moreover to have to do something that the mere fact of having days without plans is scary. This is a bad sign.
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Pets to Costa Rica

Oh my! Here we go! One of our criteria to select the destination for our sabbatical was that we could bring our furballs with us. So, despite most of our family and friends think we have finally lost our mind, we are taking them with us. Yes, we are aware that the flight is 12 … More Pets to Costa Rica

Aprendiendo español

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

Where in Costa Rica?

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?

Why Costa Rica?

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?