Two Interesting Facts About Costa Rica

No Tire La Puerta: This translates to “don’t slam the door”.  This is a big issue.  Taxis are everywhere in San Jose, and they will take up to four people most anywhere in the city for around a dollar.  Something we knew before we arrived here is that most of the rest of the world […]

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Erin in class

First Week of School

Mike and Erin completed their first week of study at the Spanish Language Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica. Madison completed her second week at the Soujourn Academy.   In the adult Spanish classes all adults have been broken into 19 classes of five students each. Each class consists of students at roughly the same ability level. Each […]

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The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Book Review: The Problem of Pain

C.S. Lewis first wrote this book in 1940. In this manuscript Lewis considers the problem of suffering from a theoretical and theological viewpoint. The existence of pain in a world created by a good and loving God is a fundamental dilemma and perhaps one of the most common objections to Christianity.   Lewis touches on some very […]

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Spanish Word of the Week – Pura Vida

Pura Vida – This is a common greeting among Costa Ricans (Ticos). It’s literal translation is “pure life.”   In Costa Rica it is as much of a national motto as it is a greeting. It summarizes the local ideology of living at peace in a calm, uncluttered manner, appreciating a life surrounded by nature, family and […]

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Tropical Depression Felix

Hurricane Felix – Update III

Please pray for Honduras. Hurricane Felix made landfall early Tuesday as a Category 5 storm with winds reaching 160 mph. Felix has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, with winds up to 40 miles per hour. It is now forecast to dump up to 25 inches of rain on parts of Honduras where residents in poor, […]

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