After visiting Costa Rica many times since 2005 and planning a retirement there someday, we are now actually doing it. In October of 2013, we sold our home of 22 years in Chapel Hill, NC. We forced our two children (Jane and Erik) to divide up the family treasures and other stuff that we had collected over the years. What they didn’t want, we sold or gave away. We put the rest of our things – mostly kitchen items, books, a few pieces of furniture and some trinkets in storage in Chapel Hill. Eventually, we will ship those things to Costa Rica in a container. For now, we plan to rent to a furnished house to make sure that we like living in Costa Rica before we build our own home. (When we return to NC for visits, we live with our daughter and her long-time boyfriend. We have a suite on their second floor. We are so fortunate they enjoy having us around!)
On January 7, 2014 we headed down to start this new adventure in our lives. This blog will attempt to capture our experiences, sights, thoughts and hopes as we move ourselves down to Costa Rica and start living there.
We live on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in Hatillo near Dominical. We chose to settle in this part of Costa Rica for many reasons – primarily the abundant wildlife, proximity to the ocean, climate and remoteness of the area.
Ed and Ellen Hoel