I have lived in beautiful Costa Rica for about a year and a half, and my lifestyle here often makes me forget what day it is. Back in the States, I was so mindful of the days of the week because I always had something to do, whether it was essential or not. Now, I’m happily retired and enjoying the Pura Vida lifestyle. Most days here in Grecia are spring-like, and it’s a joy to be out and about in town, bumping into friends and making new acquaintances. Occasionally, my wife and I will entertain a friend or two at our casa (house) for lunch or just coffee and snacks and, often, get invited to their place for lunch. My lifestyle is much slower now, but I do have things to do but usually not very urgent. As the saying goes, here in Costa Rica, “Tranquilo” means tranquil, peaceful, easy, calm, relaxed or, quiet. I like to use my favorite word, “chill,” to describe our lifestyle.
I get up early every morning, and the first thing I do before breakfast is work on my social media platforms. Most notable are Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and, Twitter even though most are programmed to operate on auto-pilot two months in advance. Hence, there’s very little for me to do. Costa Rica is the friendliest country I’ve ever been to, and I thoroughly enjoy the culture, the food, and the people.
We try to take a road trip every few months or so to different towns within the country, and that gives me lots of new material that I can blog about. It also provides us with a chance to travel, unwind and experience other beautiful parts of this gorgeous country. If you’ve read some of my other blogs about traveling in Costa Rica, you will see the same theme throughout about us traveling on a budget. We look for the least expensive places to lodge and the best prices on transportation to our destination. We always try to get lodging as close to the beach as possible and will usually eat at sodas (small family-owned restaurants), where full meals are delicious and priced just right for our budget.