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A View of the Pasantías (Stays) with my Colegas Ticos, by Elaine S. Potoker, Ph.D.

Second “pasantía” in Costa Rica from May to July, 2012

Well, I was fortunate enough to receive a second Fulbright. This was not the traditional kind I had in 2007. This time it was the “Senior Specialist” type, for six weeks, and in Business Administration/Economics. I was invited back by UCR to work on an exploratory research project that focuses on the logistics development issues […]

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Forward thinking to 2012

In 2010 I received the Senior Specialist designation in Business Administration, which will be valid from 2010 – 2015. I hope to go back to Costa Rica to continue my work related to Costa Rica with administrative support of the Economic Science Research Institute (IICE). I’ve already been invited, and now IICE is in the […]

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Starting up again 2008 – 2009

I’ve been back to Costa Rica three times since my 2007 Fulbright experience, and plan to be there again before 2009 is over. In retrospect, what did the Fulbright experience mean to me? Frankly, it was awesome. I am trying to hold on to that “lovin feeling” through collaboratives and more so that none of […]

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Going Home… Dec. 17

This will be my last entry before returning to Maine. Five months went by in a flash, it seems. It was a terrific experience. I accomplished over 50 interviews in State, NGO, and private enterprise sectors. I have begun analyzing and discussing the findings, and trust they will be useful. I learned a lot, both […]

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Food is often the subject of conversation at a Tico gathering. That makes me happy as I love to cook (and eat!). I’ve eaten pinto gallo, a typical Costa Rican dish which can be served at any time of the day, but known more for a breakfast dish. Translated, it means “spotted rooster.” It is […]

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Travel & Highlights: November 1 – 9

Also see “Food,” below, which is always updated every week. Playa Flamingo. About 5 hours from here on the Pacific Coast, and north of Tamarindo, is some lovely area, and where I visited a friend of a friend who up’d and moved here 5 years ago. Twas lovely, and a needed rest. Development to the […]

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Highlights: October – November 1

It’s Holloween in the U.S.!! I miss it!! no pumpkin by my apt. … ° AACUE (Acuerdo de Asociación entre Centroamérica y la Unión Europea/The Treaty between the European Union Central America): The first formal rounds of the AACUE took place in Escazú at the Hotel Intercontinental, about 45 minutes from the center of San […]

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Highlights: October 1 – 12

Among the noteworthy events in this time period… ~Oct. 7: TLC (or DR-CAFTA as we know it) passes!! BUT, by a very slim margin. It was a privilege to be here while the process was taking place; I felt a sort of kinship, as it was a democratic process I understood. No propaganda was allowed […]

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9-24 – 9-30 Puntarenas & Puerto Calderas

Puerto Calderas: About 2-1/2 hours east of San José is Puerto Calderas on the Pacific Coast. It is a significant port for import of such goods as iron, vehicles, paper, banana, bagged cement, fertilizers, salt and fruits as well as bulk salt, corn, soy, wheat, malt, rice, fertilizers, sand. On the export side (formally a […]

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