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[16 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 200 views]

In no particular order – I worked on this list over a few days…

Maple syrup.  Real, from a tree maple syrup.
Garage sales.  Finding used furniture, appliances, etc is a pain here.  Anytime someone has a moving sale, expats descend upon it like vultures.  You gotta be quick or the pickings are slim.
Dishwashers.  I would rather waste time scratching bug bites than spending 1 hour a day washing dishes.
Cheap cars.  A $500 car in the US costs $3000 in Costa Rica.
Museums.  I’m *really* looking forward …

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[14 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 241 views]

Costa Rica has changed me. When we go back to the United States, I don’t think I’ll ever do some things in quite the same way again:

I don’t think I’ll ever feel the need to own a dryer again. In fact, using a dryer would make me feel guilty.
I’ve learned to cook dried beans really well here. I don’t think I can go back to canned. I used to use canned beans all the time in the U.S., but now I even cook chick peas from dried beans.
I wash my …

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[13 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | 292 views]

I was chatting with a friend and mentioned moving back to the US and his response was ‘I’m so sorry man – too bad it didn’t work out for you.’ I was a bit surprised because I hadn’t thought about it in terms of regret at all – because we have no regrets about our experience.  Another couple of friends, one of whom I’ve known since high school, got it right – 1) we spent a year in paradise and 2) having made it here, we know we can …

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[12 Dec 2009 | 8 Comments | 455 views]
Changes Coming

Arp recently retweeted a quote on Twitter that we both think describes our current situation.  “Being uncomfortable prompts us to change, to move into our next expression. (via @JaqStone)”
We’ve been a  bit uncomfortable, in little or bigger ways, since we arrived in Costa Rica. And while we still love many parts of this country, we think it just might be time to move on.

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[3 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 145 views]

The bathroom still stinks. Seriously. Not sure there is anything to do about it. Reminds me of the time in NY that I pulled what looked like a rat out of our drain.
The owner seems to think we’re crazy for not wanting to sleep with our mattress on the floor. He says, “Tell me you can just sleep on the floor!” All this, after we confirmed that he would be providing us with a double bed frame, twice, via email.
The stove got fixed, so at least I’m not still cooking …