Two Years Living In Costa Rica… Pura Vida

How often do you stop what you’re doing, look around and say to yourself, “Wow, this is my life!” It has now been two years living in Costa Rica for me and my wife and daughter, and I find myself appreciating this incredible country more every day. I spend most of my time in shorts, a short sleeve button down shirt and flip flop sandals. In my opinion, the weather here is eternally perfect since I enjoy a good rain once in a while.

We’ve made many great friends since moving here and I know that there will be many more to come as more families make their move to our community. One of our good friends is Bob Swanson who owns Roadhouse 169 Restaurant where I go on Saturday nights to play music with some other local musicians. I am a drummer and have truly missed playing music so this is literally a dream come true.

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Sunday we head to the beach most weekends. We like this one called Chaman just south of the Whales Tail, but there are a whole bunch of amazing beaches within 40 minutes drive of our home.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings I lead 75 minute Yoga classes which are free for anyone in the community that wants to participate with us. I am getting back into great shape and flexibility again and Catherine, my wife, is doing the classes with me now. Yoga is so amazing in the benefits it brings. I am blessed that I have the opportunity to lead this life. We do the classes in the community center looking out at the wall of jungle beyond the villas. Sometimes there are monkeys and other animals to see. Always there are incredible birds.

Living in Costa Rica takes some getting used to though. The Pura Vida lifestyle is something you have to learn to embrace. It does not necessarily come naturally. It may have taken two years getting completely here mind, body and soul, but now that I’ve arrived I cannot imagine ever moving back to what we left behind. I cannot say that it was easy and I can understand the urge some people get to move back within 6 months of arriving here… living here is not without its challenges. Pura Vida means Pure Life and that’s what you get living in Costa Rica… pure life.

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