I'm back in Costa Rica as of Tuesday. Looking out over my 180 degree view of the central valley and the mountains of Heredia and Alajuela beyond, listening to my chickens beg at the kitchen door. Man, those girls can whine! They know the good stuff comes outta the kitchen door and they like to make sure everyone knows they are available to chow down. Too funny.
I miss living in Costa Rica already. Especially being immersed in Spanish. I was so desperate to hear Spanish while I was in Kentucky, I stopped a busgirl in a restaurant and tried to strike up a conversation. The boys, who are both in the states now, shake their heads and grimace when I do that. Then, because my Spanish is not that great and, unbelievably, gets worse when I'm trying to talk to someone new, they have to interpret for me.
This young woman, like most of the Spanish speaking population in the states, is from Mexico, another accent-and-colloquialism-rich language entirely. Bewildering to me… but I am determined to keep what Spanish I have, perchance even to improve. Hal will teach English there to keep up his Spanish. I am seriously considering taking Spanish lessons with Charlene via Skype. Easy and affordable, both big selling points with me. Mr. Badgett takes her lessons and, now, unbelievably, his Spanish is way better than mine! I can't let that situation continue. Not that I'm competitive.
Last week, a guy rented the house furnished and bought the scooter. Yahoo! Last night, he told us he was not moving to Costa Rica after all. Something about his son loosing his scholarship… Boohoo. I can't begrudge him that: heck, we're moving back to his neck of the woods. So now I have to sell or ship all my excellent crap. I'm giving the renting-furnished idea to Sunday, then selling what we don't ship. Getting organized today. (Hahahaha, "organized"… what a concept.) Anyhoo, if you know someone who wants to rent a nice house real cheap in Escazú,
here are the details.
Back to getting organized. Oh, wait, maybe a cup of our great Costa Rican coffee first. I'm not procrastinating. It's just that, pretty soon, I'll have to settle for Maxwell House…
I am coincidentally visiting my property here in costa rica and,as always, reluctant to return to Miami. And I especially miss this place after returning to the heat, the crowds, the hurried pace and the flat landscape of south Florida . I am curious to read what you feel after several months of winter up there.
Well, it is about finished, isn’t it. The move away from Paraiso!
I am sad.
I hope you find the solutions you are seeking, and can get back to CR as soon as possible. I think you will miss it terribly. (That may reflect my bias, however.)
I see the deterioration of life in America. I tell my friends that it is so discouraging that I’m going to CR! And you are doing the opposite. I hope you aren’t as disappointed as I in the political and social developments in the U.S.
I think of the enthusiasm and forward-thinking that accompanies the new Presidente in CR, all the while the dissatisfaction with the current leadership in the U.S., and the sense of loss and helplessness that infects me and others I know. The Tea Party movement is a reaction to those feelings, and I hope that the gathering resolve of average Americans to “take back” their country will result in positive direction and hope for Americans again. But, I am dismayed nonetheless and hope to get to CR in the near future.
Saratica, I hope you find what you are seeking. Good luck and God speed!
Thank you, Fred. I hope what I’m seeking can be had in short order. I miss here already and I haven’t even left yet! But I have to go… Miss Laura is too much like Obama: she loves control and order and taxes. I think when the time comes for me to return, this place will be a whole lot more like that place. Although: there is simply not the infrastructure (yet) to enforce. But if she gets the taxes she wants, she will build it. I hope not.
Hey James, I am not looking forward to winter. But hopefully I will only have to spend one! Not looking forward to that, although the other seasons will be fun with the boys. They have never seen fall or spring. A winter would make that worth it (she says, not knowing what the heck she is talking about!!!)
Best thing I ever did was bail out of Costa Pobre! Just in time too!
Sounds like you got out just before the curtain falls. Good move!
I am a single mom considering moving to Costa Rica if I can. Can you please tell me why you decided to come back to the U.S. I am very interested to know. Also, I read that you are considering a move to Houston or Austin and I wanted to tell you that I live on th outskirts of Houston and the chem trail spraying here is almost daily, and I have several friends in Austin that say it is non stop there as well.
For your health issues, would not advise moving here. I am trying to get out. Pease advise as to the reason or reasons you left Costa Rica.
Thanks so much,
Hi April, Here’s the answer: http://www.fiftytolife.com/2010/some-eh-splainin/
From the looks of things here in Lexington, I think the chem trail spraying is pretty constant here, too. Smokers are down in number and lung cancer is the #1 killer here… don’t know that houston or austin will be much worse for us in that regard. Thank you for the warning.