Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mountain Boutique Hotel and Spa in Panama

Boquete, Panama, a town of 20,000 near the Costa Rican border, has attracted substantial foreign investment in recent years. The mountainous area grows crops such as coffee and oranges and is very similar to Costa Rica, but at more economical … Continue reading

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What Kind of Expat I Am

Simon Black wrote an article explaining his different types of expats based on motivations for leaving the home country. He identifies 7 categories: pioneer, expeditioner, retiree, nomad, hermit, internationalist and hedonist. I’m not a pioneer because although I’m interested in … Continue reading

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Terroir: Vineyards in Chile and Mendoza

I learned a new word thanks to Argento Wine, publishers of The Real Argentina, who responded to my post on vineyards in Mendoza. Wikipedia says terroir, “was originally a French term in wine, coffee and tea used to denote the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place bestowed upon particular varieties. Continue reading

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