Adventures in car rentals: Costa Rica edition
Our Costa Rica car rental was the low point of the trip. It was also an important reminder that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. I won’t identify the rental company we used because I do not want to give them any publicity, even of the negative kind. To... Read More
April 2020 Progress Update
What happened in April? I deviated from my normal custom of writing the monthly update in “real time.” Due to the pandemic and its attendant uncertainty, I successfully managed to avoid checking our investment balances from March 31 until April 30. I was pleasantly surprised to see that we’d picked up nice gains during April... Read More
Costa Rica: Where we stayed
During our trip to Costa Rica we stayed at two separate hotels. The main reason for this was that I booked the main hotel long before we had plane tickets. Once we reviewed our air travel options, it made sense to fly to Liberia one day earlier. By this time, the hotel was fully booked... Read More
Traveling Vines turns Two
As with the first year, year two has been unremarkable in terms of blog metrics. For all of the reasons we talked about last year, we are fine with that. We enjoy the anonymity of our journey thus far. Each year offers the chance to reevaluate our continued desire to write here. Again we decided... Read More
Flight review: Roundtrip to LIR
It’s time to get back to some travel talk. Even in the midst of a pandemic, I want to maintain the goal of writing at least two travel-related articles per month. Our Costa Rica vacation in February 2020 was a wonderful respite. Although the virus was on our radar, we were fortunate that the trip... Read More
March 2020 Progress Update
It felt like March arrived out of nowhere. Right away, it seemed like spring showed up with it. Suddenly we enjoyed sunnier days and warmer temperatures. I came down with a cold that I battled for the first part of the month. Our “little efforts” paid off in the form of a cleaner apartment with... Read More
What we did on our Florida Holiday vacation
This post completes our series reviewing our holiday trip to South Florida. With all that's happened in the world since, it feels like a lifetime ago. I have some thoughts forthcoming about the pandemic we are currently experiencing, but until those are ready to publish, it felt right to stick to my editorial calendar and... Read More
Ski Weekend Getaway
In January, we spent a weekend with another couple at a ski resort. The resort is within driving distance for both of us, so it made for a simple short getaway. The resort has downhill and cross country skiing opportunities, in addition to other winter activities like tubing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. This resort... Read More