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Kayaking in the Cattle Pasture

During the rainy season in Costa Rica, it rains almost every day around 3pm until the middle of the night. They don't call it the "rain forest" for nothing. And this year, perhaps due to climate change, the storms have been much longer than...

The Best Coffee In Panama

My New Zealand friend saw this coffee shop when he was out running so he brought us back to it for breakfast the next day. It turns out that it is a very famous coffee shop in Boquete, Panama called Cafe Ruiz.             The coffee...

Marching for Panamanian Independence Day

I crossed the border into Panama to renew my Costa Rican visa (it lasts for 90 days every time you re-enter the country) and met an Englishman and a Kiwi at the Lost and Found Jungle hostel (a good place to stop if you...

My Essential, Battle-Tested Digital Nomad Gear

Before I left for Costa Rica, I spent a month selling what I didn't need and talking to some well-traveled friends about what I should buy. I spent 5 months living abroad and found for myself what I was really lacking. So when I...

Feet on the Ground, Files in the Cloud (forest)

When traveling, you  never know if you are going to spill a drink on your laptop, a sudden rainstorm drenches your gear, someone steals your computer while you are in the bathroom, or the maid absconds with your bag while you are at the...

Traveling with your Laptop

Previously, I had been looking into "rugged laptops" that are waterproof and shock resistant among other things. They tend to cost about $3,000 but you can find them used on ebay for $100-200 (they have the hard drives removed for confidentiality because they are...

Bitter Beans

It's funny how scarcity makes us appreciate other cultures and "exotic" goods. I was roasting cacao today when my weekly banana bread salesman showed up with the customary Tico whistle. I offered him some of my smoothie (bananas, ice, milk, peanut butter, coconut oil, sunflower...

Splash-proofing My Business Partner

When I made the mistake of bringing my backpack with my laptop in it (which is my lifeline for work) on a snorkeling boat in Bocas del Torro, Panama and my backpack got splashed, I began fantasizing about having a more durable, waterproof computer...

Snake in the Garden

Last night there was a very poisonous snake called a terciopelo (fer-de-lance viper in English) sitting on the lunch tables in the staff area here at Envision. It was beheaded, used in a prayer, skinned for the temple, cooked and eaten! #JungleLife