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August 24th, 2006
Hola! My name is Nora Schild. My husband, Dan and our two dogs – Hannah Banana the Satanic Basset and Toby, the kinder, gentler three-legged Basset are about 80 days away from making our move to Costa Rica.
We are both in our 40’s and visited Costa Rica for the first time a scant 3 1/2 years ago. It was a fluke that we wound up there, it was winter and we wanted a beach vacation. It was the first out of the US vacation we had ever taken, and we wanted a country that was interesting and not necessarily “touristy”. We did not want an all-inclusive resort, but something we could explore without feeling like we were taking advantage of a poverty stricken populace – we wanted to relax, not get bummed out and not feel guilty.
Our choice? Panama! We were very excited picking out places to go until we checked airfare and were jerked back to reality. At the time it was over $800 per person to fly into Panama City from St. Louis, which was completely out of our budget. So we pulled out a map and looked to see what was next to Panama and voila! We discovered Costa Rica, which had much more affordable airfare.
For both of us, the attraction was almost instant the day we landed in San Jose. Everything amazed and awed us – we were NOT in Kansas (or in our case, Missouri) anymore. We would up staying at a lodge in Tortugeuro that we had picked out online. Not the typical fantasy beach vacation by any means, but amazing nonetheless. It was the rainy, excuse me “green”, season and the lodge, which is bordered on one side by black water canals, one side by the wild Caribbean and the other two sides by rainforest was almost empty.
We were pretty much given the run of the place and treated like royalty. We instantly bonded with the family that managed the lodge and almost immediately started the classic “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could move here?” fantasy. We promised the family we would return soon. They had heard THAT before, so were really surprised and happy when we actually showed up again 6 months later. We hung out with them for a couple of days, then did the obligatory Tamarindo and Arenal trips. A total of eight trips later (including finally making it to Panama), we are even more enchanted with CR and figured what the heck – there is not going to be a better time in our lives to do this. We are aware of the 40% stat but even if we wind up in that number, we will have tried. I don’t want to look back on my life and say “I wish…”.
Last night I woke up at 1:30 AM overwhelmed by everything we have to do – my hope is that blogging about it will be useful for those following in our footsteps. I have been off and on the Costa Rica boards and blogs for three years now and am so grateful for the information shared there, I will try to make this a useful tool for others to use for their journeys.
So that’s our story. I intend to blog about everything leading up to and including our move – the good, the bad and all of it in between. How we are dealing with it, how our family and friends are dealing with it, even how the Basset Hounds are dealing with it. Our expectations (we have very few) and our fears (we have more of those) and with a little luck, the happy ending, too!
So that’s it – please, do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have as you read about our transition and journey, I will be happy to answer anything I can! Pura Vida!Filed under Costa Rica, Moving to Costa Rica, Nora Schild | Comments (9)