I never had high expectations for the food in Costa Rica. I figured there was probably a reason I had never been to a Costa Rican restaurant in my life. When I started this journey, I would not have been able to name a Costa Rican dish. My greatest hope was that there would beContinue reading “Pura Food”
That’s what they call our previous home city of Pittsburgh. More bridges than any other city in the world. So, natch, that’s what we sought out here. And we finally did it. We did a touristy thing in Costa Rica. As I mentioned before, we were in no hurry to be tourists. We aren’t goingContinue reading “City of Bridges”
This week is filled with mileposts. Monday marked one month since we first arrived in Costa Rica. The time has gone fast. But it has meant some serious adjustments to the pace of life. One thing I like about this life is that the focus of each day is very much on the needs ofContinue reading “This Last Year Has Been, Well, You Know…”
“So how is Costa Rica handling COVID?” you ask. Good on you for asking. Same as every other country: it’s a mixed bag and ever changing. Hang with me, this post involves statistics. No getting around it. Just over 5 million people live here. There have been 406,814 infections and 5,030 coronavirus-related deaths reported inContinue reading “Pura Vida in the Time of COVID”
It’s down the mountain, over the pot holes, and through the construction. Saturday we made the one-day round trip to San Jose. Not the one in California. The OG (older than the one in the US by 40 years). The capital of Costa Rica. As part of our residency application, we need to be fingerprintedContinue reading “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”
We have one week in the books. And okay, nothing is paradise, but sometimes you get damn close enough to small it. I’d like to say that we’ve developed a rhythm to life here, but that’s not yet the case. Most days are filled with trying to get things we need and determining where thatContinue reading “A Week in Paradise”
We are three days in. Be well aware, we are just entering into the honeymoon phase of this life transition. Most everything is new and exciting. A few things are new and challenging. But absolutely nothing has been disappointing and discouraging. Thus far, this life has provided exactly what we were looking for: amazing floraContinue reading “Entering In”
“At first, you must be willing to enter a state of liminality. In other words, you must be willing to enter a state in which you stand on the threshold and are no longer grasping the worldviews and sense of yourself that you held in the past, nor yet completely ready to enter the KingdomContinue reading “Liminality”
This is Major Tom to Ground ControlI’m stepping through the doorAnd I’m floating in a most peculiar wayAnd the stars look very different today. Several times in this process, I have told people that my life feels a bit like the movie The Martian, in which Matt Damon gets left behind on Mars. Spoiler alert:Continue reading “A Space Oddity”
Closing for sale of house: June 21 Flight to Chicago: June 22-26 Flight to Miami/Costa Rica: July 8 Excited. Exhausted. Happy. Frustrated. Content. Confused. These are the range of emotions one goes through several times each day when getting rid of all your earthly possessions except for what you can fit into three suitcases each.Continue reading “Hang on. Things may get bumpy.”
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