Melissa Lombard - 5 Year Project - 260 cups of coffee with strangers and something new each day

Costa Rica Adventure: Week 5 – Social Sharing

Hopefully, "it's the thought that counts" is a universally accepted sentiment.

Saturday Perhaps one of the best surprises about life in Costa Rica is how rich our social life is.  The other day I counted, and our neighbor/friend count was already over 20. It's remarkable! And tonight, we, and a dozen or so other friends are invited to a party hosted by pals Hank and Marie. … continue »

Costa Rica: Week 4 – Coffee With Strangers

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Saturday Our Austin friends, Mike and Lisa, were still here and after learning about the dengue outbreak on the southern portion of the peninsula, we opted to take a travel day and head north instead. Samara was our destination, with a few notable spots to check out in between. As many of you might already […]

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Costa Rica: Week 3 – Alone no more

Carmona! It only took an hour, but I made it here - to the pavement!

Saturday Up early and filled with anticipation today as I prepared to pick up my main squeeze, my partner-in-crime and the man who would half my daily workload. Super exciting! I made a coffee for the road and filled up a jar of my second favorite drink – half coconut water/half water – and set […]

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Costa Rica: Week 2 – On My Own

The incredible sunset over the beach as seen from Hank and Marie's patio.

Did you catch Week 1 of the Costa Rica Adventure? If not, you may want to pop over and give it a read, and then come back to see how Week 2 plays out. Saturday Up early today to enjoy a final cup of coffee with Gwen and Edmund as they looked around the place […]

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Costa Rica: Week 1- Jungle Pioneer Woman

Flying in to Costa Rica

First two days of the grand Costa Rica adventure: Flights were uneventful and getting through customs, etc. was a snap. Edmund (B&B owner) picked me up at the airport, then we had a three hour drive to the B&B. Conversation was easy. We stopped at a grocery to pick up some things, so I got […]

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Cup 95: Rachel Clemens – Creative cat, adventurous traveler and purposeful parent.

Coffee With A Stranger Cup 95, Rachel Clemens

The Place: Austin Java The Cup: I had coffee, Rachel enjoyed a cup of chai. The Background: My lovely friend, Cup 66, Jim Bledsoe connected Rachel and I via email. This was a few months ago. We had coffee planned, and then I got a nasty case of bronchitis and decided it best to reschedule. Rachel was getting on a […]

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