A Year Already!

Exactly one year ago today, we arrived in Costa Rica.  We can’t believe that we’ve been living here for a year already!  Wow, time really moves quickly…even in paradise.  This past year has been an interesting one, that’s for sure.  And, to be very honest, it has been a difficult one for me.  Adjusting to life in another country has been an adventure all in itself.  Eddie, on the other hand, adapted easily, from the moment he set foot off of the plane.  He absolutely loves it here!  That said, I do enjoy living here.  How could I not?  Costa Rica is a beautiful country!  The abundant wildlife is fantastic and the rainforests are awesome.  There are spectacular waterfalls, lush green mountains, cloud forests, hot springs and active volcanoes.  The beaches are gorgeous and the blue ocean is always refreshing.  The temperature in the Southern Zone is warm all the time…no cold weather and snow!   The locals are friendly more often than not.  During the past year, we have made some really good friends – both Tico and expat.  All in all, life here is pretty darn good!

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Christmas Eve dinner with Lopez and our neighbors, Perry and Dale

Christmas Eve dinner with Lopez and our neighbors, Perry and Dale

Christmas Day dinner with our friends Toni & Gib

Christmas Day dinner with our friends Toni & Gib

Having fun at Los Chorros

Having fun at Los Chorros

This next year will be busy especially for Eddie.  We are getting closer to starting the construction of our house.  We have signed a labor-only contract with a local builder, which means that Eddie will be the general contractor.  It will be up to him to buy all the materials and make sure the builder has them when needed.  I plan to be involved too, but not nearly to the same extent, probably just the finishing touches.  In the next few weeks, we hope to receive our permits for building from the municipality.  If all goes well, we should break ground sometime in February.  We expect that it will take 8 or 9 months to complete the house, so hopefully, we will move into it before Halloween.  As we get going, we plan to blog all about the progress of our home building process.

Over New Year’s, our friend Charlene who is also our Spanish teacher and her little Maltese doggie came for a visit.  She lives in San Jose and we have our lessons over Skype.  It was so much fun having her with us!

Dinner with Charlene at The Rancho

Dinner with Charlene at The Rancho

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On New Year’s Eve day, we drove to Hotel Río Magnolia to have lunch with Sally.  Sally is also a student of Charlene’s.  Sally and her husband live in Canada and are visiting their son John and his wife Maureen, owners of the hotel.  John and Maureen are part of our “Thirsty Thursdays” lunch crowd at Los Chorros restaurant.  We met them not too long after we moved here.  So, it was really a surprise to learn that John’s mother is a student of Charlene’s, too.  It’s a small world after all.

Lunch at Rio Magnolia.  L to R: Norman, Sally, Charlene, Ellen, John and Maureen.

Lunch at Rio Magnolia. L to R: Norman, Sally, Charlene, Ellen, John and Maureen.

Being that it’s a small world, remember that we are only 1,800 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina (about 4 hours flying time), which is closer than Raleigh to Phoenix, Arizona.  For you gringos in the frozen tundra…if you’re inclined to check out Costa Rica, we would enjoy having you visit us!

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This curious monkey is checking us out

We found this tiny frog on the floor and at first thought it was a piece of dirt.  The text in the photo is standard 12 pt. font.

We found this tiny frog on the floor and at first thought it was a piece of dirt. The text in the photo is standard 12 pt. font.

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