Costa Rica News – If you move to rural Costa Rica today, there are a number of changes you will notice in yourself, your thoughts, and your actions over the next year or two. These developments will happen naturally as you become accustomed to your new environment. Let me describe what the new you will be like.
You wake up before your alarm clock to the sound of the neighbor’s roosters. You instinctively check to see if the water and electricity are working first thing in the morning. If it’s not, you do not despair because you have extra water bottles stored and, let’s face it, you wake up without the electricity needed for your alarm. Birds and roosters do not function on electric power!
You like to arrange fresh flowers in your home. The ones you choose match the colors of the butterflies of the day. You have come to appreciate the live creatures’ presence in your room! After spending time with the butterflies and arranging flowers you make some tea or fresh coffee. You spoon out the few straggler ants and drink the whole cup slowly! If there are any other bugs visiting today you don’t kill them, rather you observe them closely then let them go.
A friend stops by (two hours later than expected), walks right through the open front door, and you are well prepared. You always have rice already made. You have fruit growing outside the window. You are aware of “Tico time” so you didn’t even get dressed until an hour after the discussed time. You are dressed in fairly, but not perfectly, clean clothing. Some of it is still damp after hanging to dry for two days.
You go out for a jog, remembering to take your rain jacket even though it’s sunny. You hear barking and look up into the trees to find the monkey! After 1 p.m. when it rains you feel grateful, rather than annoyed. You sit quietly watching the beautiful scenery, listening to the birds, and contemplating how this nice environment has made your skin gorgeous and well moisturized.
When you go out for the night you travel in your friends door less jeep without holding on. When you get to a bus station you buy tickets, fully understanding that the seat numbers on the tickets mean nothing. You squeeze in and stand on the bus like a pro. You manage to climb off the bus at the right stop but then get lost. The directions you are given are in terms of physical landmarks and odd features of buildings. You find your way to the best local soda and ask for the house special without asking what it is.
Does this sound life utopia to you?