Yesterday I had to break a sheet of ice off our car & sidewalk. It was frigid. Right now I’m inside and my feet – in socks – are freezing. Yet I am blissful and dreaming of hot, sunny days. Ever since we decided and committed to living our dream and moving to Costa Rica, things have been different. Good different. Our outlook on life changed as we had something to work towards that wasn’t a random deadline to do something personally meaningless. Curiously, my business picked up. We were able to afford the scouting trip. And there was some further good luck in that – I asked for 1 extra week off by mistake and it was approved. After that, it’s been a year pf planning & prep, getting rid of stuff & packing. The latter is a source of stress since we have a ways to go. (Today is a packing day – no work for me)
Along with the stress of packing, we got some good news that makes me incredibly tolerant and oddly fond of the frigid weather. We found a place to live for the next year – a small, organic coffee farm in Atenas, our first choice in the central valley. Atenas is warm, small and quiet. When we walked around the town, we were very happy to see no fast food joints. Chain stores were represented by one business – Musmanni, a bakery. It had the temperature and vibe we were looking for (outside the Caribbean coast). And when we were there we met a likeminded family who we’ve kept in touch with since, and they were a great help by checking the house out for us and giving us an honest review.
And man did we get lucky with the house. We thought we’d rent something similar to what we have now – a small house on a 1/4 acre or less. Instead we get a huge rolling lawn, orange trees, banana trees and a stream. It’s too good to be true, and I have this fear that it’ll go poof at midnight. It’s fully furnished too, which will really help easing into life there. They were ok with our cats, and they’re ok with us raising ducks too (not sure if we’d have the time, but I couldn’t resist asking). The owners are a couple really into the sustainable life -they have 2 compost heaps and solar energy heats the house water. I’m hoping to learn a little something about coffee farming too.
Adding to the joy of the week: I gave notice to my dayjob on Monday. Goodbye wage slavery. Hello reaping the fruits of my own labors. Time to go make some coffee – organic Costa Rican, of course 😉