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November 18th, 2006
Hello, I’m Susan Carmichael, and this is a little bit of my story.
My contact with Costa Rica began as a tourist. Helen Keller said that life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. So in 1998, I took the leap and moved here in search of a less hectic life. A few other reasons may have swayed my decision. Perhaps living in the United States left me a little sour, prickly around the edges. My physical health a wreck, I hoped paradise would deliver me a little closer to fine.
Living in Costa Rica is not a panacea for all my woes; I still had to make money to eat. But little by little, the stress ebbed; my life began to flow. After much introspection and a lot more visits to the psychiatrist, I began to free myself from the tension and turmoil that consumed me in the United States.
My story is not much different than the thousands of other expatriates who’ve come to Costa Rica. I rolled up my sleeves and faced the bureaucracy; waited in line for stamps and documents. I survived scorpions, snakes, the phone company, the water company, and the traffic.
Then, I went and had couple of kids. Having children messes up everything – I rarely get to movies; my fridge is full of pureed blobs of food; I sleep like a cat in a tree – always balancing precariously with one eye open, waiting for trouble to stalk me.
But the funny thing is, these children have saved me. Children have also thrown me into a deeper relationship with the country. I’ve seen the inside of hospitals, the underside of playgrounds, and the ups-and-downs of education, health, and immigration.
My stories are about parenting and the struggle to find a semblance of some sort of SELF. Latin America is a different ballgame than the U.S., Canada, or Europe; Costa Rica is a bit different than much of Latin America. But it’s a gem, sometimes it rubs the wrong way but nonetheless, shines.
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