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Costa Rica Is Mostly Not Like Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Costa Rica Is Mostly Not Like Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

In my mind, when we came here, I thought it would be a lot like Mexico…only better. But, Costa Rica is not Mexico. It is like Mexico in some ways: people speak Spanish here and they hang out around the house sleeping in hammocks during the hot part of the day. But this place is very different from the Yucatan where we spent 6 weeks last year. I’m still trying to put my finger on it.Today we made our way ...
Pets, Walmart, and Other Things — By Lydian Shipp
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Pets, Walmart, and Other Things — By Lydian Shipp

This morning, as far as I knew, the original plan was to get up, work on my homework (work, in the case of my parents), work on some Spanish, eat lunch, work some more on my homework and on Spanish, maybe talk to my friends, play my guitar, and whatever else I could do.Well, that plan didn't work out.As we walked out the door, I had already anticipated that today would go by slowly, and at the end ...
Where the Streets Have No Name — By Jennifer Shipp
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Where the Streets Have No Name — By Jennifer Shipp

We did in fact make it to Walmart and back. We had to walk a little over a mile to a bus stop and then wait with the chickens and several other people for about 30 minutes. This forced “time-out” of sorts is one of the benefits and drawbacks of travel. I am always amazed at how patient people at bus stops can be. They are not reading or writing or getting out their laptops to try to get ahead. They’re just ...
Our Fun Costa Rican Neighbors — By Lydian Shipp
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Our Fun Costa Rican Neighbors — By Lydian Shipp

I woke up about thirty minutes ago to loud music. I had just so happened to be having a rather nightmarish dream at the time, so when the eerie music seeped into my dream as I woke up, I automatically started to have thoughts about haunted houses, as eerie things seem to do to me. In the beginning, I thought maybe there was an awesome young female singer living right next door (maybe she played an ...
American Airlines Trauma — By Lydian Shipp
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American Airlines Trauma — By Lydian Shipp

Plane day was off to a good start. All our checked bags were checked, our carry on bags at our sides, and, most importantly, we had made it through the security check successfully. Even our lunch of (slightly cooked) rice with a dollop of plum sauce wasn't all that bad.  Plus, the airline had bumped us to first class!My dad went up to check and see if our baggage was okay, and that our tickets were ...
Finding Food ‘n Stuff — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finding Food ‘n Stuff — By Jennifer Shipp

Today was our first official day in Costa Rica. We woke up here, in our little vacation rental.  It is a Friday, so all of us had work to do. John programs for the web, I am a writer, and Lydian is doing classes through the University of Nebraska high school homeschool program. Yesterday we endured three flights to get here over the course of 10 hours: Denver to Dallas; Dallas to San Salvador, and San ...
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