Expat Life

Being an expat is a lot like living in your home country. But a hell of a lot more fun!

Enjoy reading all about our adventures and misadventures of my trilingual family.

But the best part, I have a ton of resource articles helping you make the move and become an expat too.

Plus, if you don’t see something that you have questions about, I love to help, so send me your questions!

Living in Guatemala – School for Athletes in Antigua Guatemala – It is Free!

Working out is one of the activities I have enjoyed for a long time. It makes me feel great. Bue even like that I never took it as a serious thing. I simply enjoyed my time at the gym at … Continue reading

Most Helpful Expat Resources That Help You Feel Connected and Part of a Community

I love being an Expat and my kids get to grow up as global citizens! It defines so much of who I am and what I am. However, it’s not so easy… Benefits of being an Expat Immersing oneself in … Continue reading

Moving Companies – How to Find the Right one for Relocating Internationally

Since we decided to move to Guatemala and after crunching the numbers over and over again, we’ve concluded that even though our furniture or interior decorating style isn’t going to land us cover stories with the top Home and Garden … Continue reading

Costa Rica Traditions – Celebrating Halloween in Costa Rica

There are as many perks to living in Costa Rica, and to live abroad with children, as there are drawbacks. One thing I can’t figure out if not celebrating Halloween is a drawback or a perk. Costa Ricans don’t put any importance … Continue reading

Costa Rica With Kids – What makes it so Family Friendly

Please sign up for my RSS feedand find me on twitter @marinavillatoro First and foremost who in Costa Rica doesn’t have a kid! And if they don’t have one yet, there’s one on the way. It’s contagious. Even us ex-pats … Continue reading

International Moving – Relocating From Costa Rica to Guatemala

I am in the process of relocating from Costa Rica to Guatemala. Even though this series uses these two locations, the process is the same for any relocation and move regardless if it’s from one country to another or city … Continue reading

Relocating – Secret of Rental Fees in Antigua Guatemala

Like everything in Guatemala, negotiating and bargaining is part of the game. This is soooooooo different than Costa Rica. No one bargains here at all. I mean, even when you buy a piece of property where negotiating and lowering the … Continue reading

Relocating – Real Estate – House Hunting in Antigua, Guatemala

I had two main goals when I arrived to Guatemala for my solidifying-our-move trip. 1. Schools for my son. Which after going through a number of schools we did find a (cross-your-fingers) decent bilingual school. 2. A house to live … Continue reading

Relocating – Looking for the Best Health Club in Antigua Guatemala

I’m not like a die-hard workout freak, but I do love my time at the gym. So, while we’re in Guatemala I had to be sure I’ll have A gym! Antigua is a large, yet very small city with few … Continue reading

Relocating – After School Activities for Kids in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua is extremely peculiar in some ways. In particular, the school systems don’t think that mothers work. Every single school in the area ends at noon. So my question is constantly: What do you do with the kids after noon? … Continue reading

Relocating – Day Care Centers in Antigua Guatemala

Day Cares seem to be the secret movement around Antigua. For one, everyone says that they exist, but no one has any idea where to begin looking for one. After asking every person on the street and checking out the … Continue reading

Relocating – Where To Live in Guatemala?

Unlike most expats who usually have to relocate with a set location, unless they are enjoying the good life of moving from place to place, I have somewhat of a leeway of where to go in Guatemala. The main reason … Continue reading

Relocating – Relocating from Costa Rica to Guatemala

As most of you have figured out I’m about to relocate from Costa Rica, my home for the past 6 years, to Guatemala. I know this sounds romantic and fun and adventurous. To an extent it is. However, when I … Continue reading

Disadvantages of Being an Expat

The hardest part of an Expat life is that you’re on your own. Yeah, sure we create a great network of friends, and the fact that we are foreigners in a new land allow us to meet wonderful people. But … Continue reading

Relocating to Costa Rica – How the Heck Did I End Up Here?

Since I started my blog, I’ve had quite a few inquiries from people wanting the whole dirt on What the heck am I doing in Costa Rica? So, I figured, I’ll write a quick post-introduction. I am originally a Russian … Continue reading

Expat Resources – Podcasts in Costa Rica

Please sign up for my RSS feed and find me on twitter @marinavillatoro I got a great email from a reader wanting to learn more about Costa Rica. Especially through podcasts and online radio stations. I’ve come up with a … Continue reading

Expat Living! Helpful Links for Costa Rica

Sign up for my RSS feed and find me on twitter @marinavillatoro I get many emails from different people who are either interested in traveling to Costa Rica, want to move to it or just have general questions about expat … Continue reading

Expat Resources

Please sign up for my RSS feed and find me on twitter @marinavillatoro Here are articles to help Expats with adjustment, relocation, and living abroad: General Expat Resources Most Helpful Expat Resources for Helping You Feel Connected and Part of … Continue reading