Carole was born and raised in Brooklyn , New York, post WW II. She lived in a Canarsie housing project, where the melting pot consisted of mostly Jewish, Italian, Irish, Puerto Rican, and African American families. The early influence of multicultural living combined with the adventurous, optimistic attitude of her mother spring-boarded her into a life of exploration and adventure.

She was the first in her family to attend college, graduating with a degree in physical education. On graduating, she answered an ad in the Village Voice: “Mod Disco opening in USVI. Need crew.” After a brief interview conducted in a Manhattan apartment, she was hired and told to expect to start in two months as the club was still under construction. She would be notified by mail at which point Carole said: “By the way, what does the USVI stand for?” The owner’s eyebrows shot up, he smiled and said: “United States Virgin Islands.”

It’s been like that ever since; leap now, look later. Mostly, it has been a blast, this “by-the-seat-of-her-pants” lifestyle. Carole continues to live a fun, jam-packed life, in addition to having raised two magnificent children, both graduates of Ivy League colleges.

She worked as an International Flight Attendant for Trans International Charters, which took her all over the world. While flying for TIA she took up sky-diving, carried her parachute in her luggage, and made jumps on layovers in Hawaii, Hong Kong, Alaska, and anywhere else there was a willing Cessna pilot who would let her out of a perfectly good airplane.

B.C. (before children) Carole lived in San Francisco where she worked at the Marina Health Spa by day and danced in the Carol Doda show in North Beach by night. She waited tables at the Hyatt’s Equinox revolving restaurant, did some modeling at trade shows, and taught beginning Salsa.

Wanting to be the best mom she could, Carole, by then a single mother, needed a job with a flexible schedule so she could participate in the kids’ lives. Real estate agent seemed a good choice even with nights and weekends being prime work hours; she never missed a game or performance of either kid, worked as a volunteer room mother, Spanish teacher,and a care-giver for elders.

After the kids were launched she moved to Miami, well, South Beach, selling real estate, burned out, then moved to the Virgin islands, her old stomping grounds, and got a job as a chef on a charter catamaran frequenting the British Virgins, Jost Van Dyke being her favorite. Ever been to the Soggy Dollar? Or Setty’s One Love Bar? Look for the stories!

She is currently living as an Ex-Pat in Costa Rica writing a book, “Flying High with Carole Jean,” a memoir about her airline days due out early May 2015. The kids are grown, the cat’s out of bag, and the stories must be told!

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  1. Hi,

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  2. Hola Carole! From Aptos….Dave Losada…your story regarding Costa Rica intrigues me! How many hours do you and Don have under your belts blue water sailing. My wife (she’s Thai) have some property in Thailand & we will be moving there very soon for 10 months per year. Our intentions are to purchase a 45-52 foot blue water cruiser (sailing) and do some serious live aboard blue water cruising (South Pacific). Very interested in your “Capers”!

    Best regards,
    Dave Losada


  3. Dear Carole,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Costa Rica, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,


  4. CJ. I am writing to complain about the sparsity of posts so far in 2015. I realize your new book is coming out soon! But it is rather callus of you to hook me on all your great stories, then just leave me and others hanging here, w…a…i….t…i…n….g!! lol. :0) sooooo, get that book finished and start posting anew!! pronto! or else I will organize a march in Atenas, signs and posters held aloft, down main street, threatening a strike or sit down right there. your neighbors will be agast! The locals will be wondering why ??? and you will be horribly embarrassed for causing this uproar. So get busy and git er done! lol… Thanks. and save me a copy of your book. gk


    • Dear Gary,

      Thank you!!! You have made me smile and chuckle with this clever post. YES!!! You are so right. I have been working hard on getting the book done by the deadline and I have been remiss. Thanks for the prod. I will post a blog within 2 days! I so appreciate you writing. You have ignited a little fire! Yup, git ‘er done!! Thanks again!


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