I can’t believe it’s been half a year already. People often ask me if it’s different than what I expected it to be like. My answer is No…it’s exactly what I expected. Well, take away the robbery , and then it’s exactly what I expected it to be like. Even the earthquakes were something I had anticipated (although not so big).
I knew there would be issues with banks, governmental agencies and a high cost for items not generally found here. I knew I’d have to constantly be making adjustments and tweaking things to get them to work. I knew I wouldn’t be able to find certain things that I wanted or needed.
But I moved here to live more simply. To enjoy my days, living each one fully. To live at the beach, to watch gorgeous sunsets with friends and to savor $0.70 mangoes and lots of gallo pinto with Lizano. To not have a car, to walk most everywhere I needed to go. To be healthy and happy – the last few years, I’ve learned that if you don’t have those two things, you really have no life at all.
I’m currently working on getting residency here. It’s not really within my budget but neither is leaving the country every 90 days. Plus, I like to travel when I want – not when someone tells me I have to.
And I still have a huge list of things I want to do here – besides those in the banner above. Sadly, I missed the arribada (when thousands of turtles arrive on the shores of Playa Ostional to lay their eggs) last month by a few days – but there’s always next year. It actually happens every month in winter but October is always the biggest.
I haven’t explored as much as I’d like but there’s time. Costa Rica isn’t going anywhere. And neither am I.
What do I miss?
- Drinking bottled beer (it’s more expensive and not always available)
- Good, reasonably priced wine
- $3 boxes of Kashi cereal
- 9 p.m. sunsets
- The annual trip to Luna
But I still haven’t worn socks (or shoes with laces) and that makes it all worth it. Especially since it’s officially the start of summer season and I made it through an entire winter without the need for them. At this point, I don’t even know where they are!