When Erin Van Rheenen was three years old, her parents moved the family from their native Oregon to Nigeria for a two-year Peace Corps stint. Since then, Erin has been fortunate to live outside the US for extended periods of time in Ireland, Ecuador, Mexico, and Guatemala. She answered Costa Rica's call in 2002, looking for a second home where she could put down roots. Currently she spends time in both California and Costa Rica.
Erin earned a BA in Latin American literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Masters in fiction writing and English literature from the City University of New York, and a certificate of proficiency in Spanish from the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador. She has published essays, stories, and articles in venues ranging from Fiction Magazine to Rome's Internazionale to the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has won several awards, and she was honored with inclusion in Best Women's Travel Writing 2012.
Visit Erin's website at livingabroadincostarica.com.