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September 12th, 2006
I am home, but wrote this while we were still traveling…
I am writing this from Highway 70, somewhere in Colorado. We have driven through desert and mountains and have seen the best and worst the US has to offer, I think. I will start with LA – which pretty much is the best and worst all rolled into one! My son lives in Ventura, about an hour north of LA on the coast. I like it there, it is beautiful and I love the ocean. The town itself is cool, a little funky and fun right now, but they are trying to make it more upscale like Santa Barbara. I think it will probably be ruined in the process, but I hope not. The downside is that it is not very affordable to live there, at least compared to the Midwest and the weather is cooler than I like.
Back to LA – it really is an insane town. I can see the attraction to a point, especially if I were younger, but it holds no appeal for me now. Not even fun to visit, the traffic and number of people just totally stress us out. We were happy to get on the road and out of there. We did compare it to San Jose – at least there are street signs in LA! but we hope we will be able to navigate San Jose once we have lived in Costa Rica awhile.
The desert was hot and dry and yet oddly beautiful – all the things the desert is. I know there are people who are drawn to it, but it is not for us. The mountains of Colorado are a different story. They are majestic and awe-inspiring and I can only imagine what it would be like to live surrounded by all that beauty. It has to be good for your soul. We have always talked abut moving there, I absolutely adore the San Juan mountains as well as the Estes Park area – the only thing that has stopped us are the winters – we are both very tired of cold weather, and I suspect I would be holed up in front of a fire like a hermit all winter long.
So nothing we have seen on this trip has given us even a smidgen of doubt that we are making the right choice in our move. I guess my ideal, if I were wealthy, would be to winter in Costa Rica and summer in Colorado. But unless we win the lottery, we will be happy staying in Costa Rica year ‘round.Filed under Costa Rica, Moving to Costa Rica, Nora Schild | Comments (2)