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Karl Kahler
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Attended University of Southern California
Lives in San José, Costa Rica
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Craziest story ever? Puerto Viejo resident Monica Mercedes Pérez Jiménez is the daughter of a 1950s Venezuelan dictator and a German CIA spy named Marita Lorenz who was a lover of Fidel Castro and was recruited by the CIA to kill him — but she loved him too much. Then she got involved with Lee Harvey Oswald and future Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis on a mysterious mission to Dallas in 1963. And if you think that’s strange, when Monica was 15, she tried to shoot Sturgis on the streets of New York City because she thought he was coming to their apartment to kill her mother. You can believe it or not, but first you've got to read it. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
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Our ancestors evolved in trees, you know. Here's my story about humans returning to the trees.
Finca Bellavista, in southwest Costa Rica, is a community of homes attached to or suspended from trees — all of them interesting, some of them spectacular.
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Last week I went whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, courtesy of activists trying to save it from being dammed. Now that's my kind of reporting assignment.
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When a tree falls across the road in Costa Rica, people get resourceful fast. 
How many men does it take to move a tree in the road in Costa Rica? Plenty, it turns out, but it helps to have one with a Land Rover.
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Crocodile Bay is a sportfishing resort in the small town of Puerto Jiménez that is about to build a marina, hotel and 50 condominiums, but it’s run into a hurricane of local opposition. In a town where good jobs are desperately needed, why are so many people rabidly opposed to this project, and what exactly are their environmental concerns? Here’s an in-depth look at a big controversy in a small town. 
The Crocodile Bay Resort & Marina says it will bring Puerto Jiménez and the Golfo Dulce a modern, clean facility to dock, fuel and maintenance boats, with a hotel and condominiums that will create jobs. But a vocal opposition says this project poses major environmental concerns, will not really benefit the community and will make Puerto Jiménez look like Cancún.
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Waterfall rappelling in Costa Rica: It's scary, it's safe and it's badass.
Walk this way, backwards: Waterfall rappelling is just scary enough to be a lot of fun.
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Just in time for Mother's day, here's a pretty sweet piece I did on orphaned baby sloths in Costa Rica who are nurtured back to health by human surrogate moms. Things that make you go "Awwwwww!"
Orphaned Costa Rica sloths get love and mothering from human surrogates at an animal rescue center near Manuel Antonio.
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Terminator to his wife: "Going to the store. I'll be back."
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Yesterday was Costa Rican Mother's Day, so I drove my late mother's car to Poás Volcano National Park, an eerie green cloud forest surrounding a steaming, super-acidic lake. Wish I could have brought you, Mom.
Poás Volcano National Park is an otherworldly place where mossy green forests surround a steaming acid lake.
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The secret sex life of sea turtles, revealed at last. An adventure in Tortuguero with one drunk tourist, three cops and one very pregnant turtle.
It's one thing to know that sea turtles have been laying eggs on beaches for tens of millions of years. It's quite another to go to Tortuguero and watch it happen.
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I'm trying to take a day off, and a fiery protest over road conditions in Paquera shuts down the crucial ferry from Puntarenas. It's actually a great story, and I wish we had more of it.
The popular Gulf of Nicoya car ferry connecting Puntarenas and Paquera — a major gateway for both tourists and locals to cross between the mainland and Nicoya Peninsula — was shut down Wednesday because of strikes and protests by people in Paquera demanding better roads.
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So this is the tale of the castaways .... How a shipwreck, a thunderstorm and a rockslide made my kayaking in Sámara so much more interesting. 
So this is the tale of the castaways: How a random thunderstorm made a day of kayaking in Sámara turn into an ocean ordeal.
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Occupation
Travel writer at the Tico Times in Costa Rica
Skills
Writing, editing, graphics, design, karaoke
Employment
  • Tico Times
    Travel writer, 2015 - present
  • San Jose Mercury News
    National/graphics editor, 1989 - 2014
  • Los Angeles Times
    Clerk/reporting intern, 1987 - 1989
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Currently
San José, Costa Rica
Previously
Los Gatos, California - Los Angeles, California - New Knoxville, Ohio - Emporia, Kansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Phoenix, Arizona - Yuma, Arizona - Shrewsbury, Massachusetts - Cochabamba, Bolivia - Leachville, Arkansas - Kodiak, Alaska - Lonoke, Arkansas - Torreón, Mexico - Durango, Mexico - Stewart, British Columbia -
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Tico Times travel editor, international man of mystery and rogue agent
Introduction
I'm the travel editor of the Tico Times in Costa Rica, the former national editor and graphics wrangler of the San Jose Mercury News in California, an obsessive and undiscourageable writer, a tireless vagabond and, according to a court-certified U.S. psychologist, a "happy-go-lucky" fellow with no diagnosable mental disorders. Motto: "If I could be anybody else in the world, I would refuse."
Bragging rights
Graduated summa cum laude in journalism and history from the University of Southern California. Author of "The Cult That Snapped," the definitive exposé of The Way International. Proud father of two sons, a lawyer and an actor, who will always be my greatest accomplishments.
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Journalism & history, 1986 - 1989
  • University of Arkansas
    Undeclared, 1981 - 1981
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Male
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Birthday
June 13, 1963
Relationship
Single
Other names
Formerly known as Carl Collar