One Month in Costa Rica

As I sit here on my patio enjoying a freshly brewed French press Costa Rican coffee, gazing at the lush, green jungle of our backyard it occurs to me that a few days have passed since I have officially been in Costa Rica for one month - holy smokes where did the time go? It feels like it was only a few days ago that I hopped on a red-eye flight and landed in Costa Rica on April 1st - maybe this is all a really bad April fools joke and I'm still in Calgary...thankfully I know it's not an April fools joke. In the month that I've been here, I've spent a significant amount of time trying to adjust to living life the way life was intended to be lived - on my own terms, no more 9-5 grind with the sole purpose of making corporate executives happy and adding to their already outrageously large bank account balances. While I agree, the 9-5 grind is a necessary evil for a certain amount of time in life, it definitely has an expiry date, or it should come with an expiry date, and no, not one that makes you work until your 65 years of age...or worse, even longer. Before anyone gets bent out of shape about those comments, let me be clear, I completely understand and respect people's decisions to work forever, some people simply love their jobs, other's need to have that set schedule, routine, purpose, or just plain need it from a financial perspective - I get it. For many years, I used to be one of those people who would get up at five in the morning, get ready for work, hop on the train to get downtown, do the penguin shuffle into the office, say hi to a few people, work harder than I should have just to please the almighty shareholders and operating ratio, just to do it all over again the very next day. As much as this thankless ritual provided for a promising career, a solid paycheque, and a "good" life, it also came with its own pitfalls, like an increasing amount of greed and materialism, poor work-life balance, less than ideal family time, poor sleeping and eating habits, just to name a few - in my opinion, all things which can lead to poorer overall physical or mental health. Anyways, enough about that stuff this blog isn't about bashing work, all I'm trying to say here is that there is much more to life than the dog-eat-dog world of working thankless jobs - if you aren't happy or fulfilled in your current situation then do something about it - life is short, make it what you want it to be, not what someone else wants it to be.





 

Pura Vida


Every morning I wake up thankful for what I have, a wonderful, loving, beautiful wife, my health, and a new adventure in Costa Rica. Down here, pretty much everywhere you go you will hear the term "Pura Vida". Whether you're in the grocery store checkout line, at a local restaurant, or filling up at the gas station, you'll hear it everywhere. It's a quite simple saying that is used in many ways, but it simply means "pure life". It's commonly used here interchangeably with thank you, hello, excuse me, no worries, no problem, goodbye, to name a few. But at the end of the day the real meaning of it "pure life" is all that it needs to be. The locals here are all about living a simple, pure life. They don't ask for much, and they aren't constantly looking for more. As a matter of fact, a close friend of ours here in Costa Rica once told me, "it's not about always having more money, it's about having enough". These simple words he said really resonated with me and for years I've been trying to understand how that could even be a thing. If I can get more, why would I settle for less or just "enough". I think it will be years before I can truly understand and embrace that frame of mind. While I understand that Costa Rica is a very different country than where we come from, how could it be possible that the same drivers in life are not the same everywhere? The answer that I've come up with so far lies within their catchphrase: "Pura Vida". And this brings me back to my opening comments, "As I sit here on my patio enjoying a freshly brewed French press Costa Rican coffee, gazing at the lush, green jungle of our backyard" the awe-inspiring beauty, the simplicity of it all, this is life, the way it was meant for me, after one month in Costa Rica.



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Fun Fact - Seasons in Costa Rica

Did you know.....Costa Rica has two seasons, known as the dry season and the rainy season. There really is no Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer, it's either dry or rainy. And depending on where you are in the country, the timing of those seasons can vary a bit but as a general rule of thumb rainy season starts mid-end of April and goes through until November and the dry season is from November through until the beginning of April. These changes in seasons also coincide with when the tourism industry will be at its lowest level and at its peak. The dry season attracts tourists in flocks (mainly from December through February), as they swarm the beaches for that perfect, highly sought-after winter vacation with sunshine, beautiful blue sky, and sandy beaches. If you come to Costa Rica in those months you can expect to pay a premium for almost everything, from flights, car rentals, and hotels, to food & beverage, and tours - it's all about supply and demand. On the other hand, if you're adventurous and wish to see Costa Rica at its most beautiful time of year (which in my opinion is the rainy season), you can expect to pay significantly lower rates for almost everything (flights these days are always expensive) but hotels will be at a much-reduced rate, food & beverage will have some great bargains, and the same with many tours, and even deals on car rentals. Most importantly when it comes to both seasons, you will always be greeted by beautiful, genuine Costa Rican smiles. One of my favorite parts about going to Costa Rica in the rainy season is that it's not crowded, you can easily find yourself to be one of the only people on a beach that stretches as far as the eye can see, you can also easily be one of the only tables in a restaurant, and have your pick of front row seating for some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see.or



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