Now that we are back in Costa Rica and
settling back into our daily routine, I think I can finally answer some of
First off, I had a great time back in the
States. In fact, I love the United States and I'm proud to be an
American. We may not have left if we didn't loose our jobs and the
economy went into the shitter.
Of all the places we visited, Charlotte
was the only place that really felt like home. Perhaps it's because of
our 11 years of history there and the tight network of friends we
I have to admit... I am a snob! I like
nice things, nice houses, manicured lawns with seasonal flowers, good
roads with guard rails and street lights. I like the change of season and
modern conveniences like dishwashers, garbage disposals, Digital
Video Recorders, cool
cell phones and fast internet. But on the other hand, I don't like cold
weather, heavy traffic,
crowds and nasty people. Strangely enough, I didn't miss fast food, even though
we ate like pigs trough seven states.
It was great spending time with family
and friends. We laughed a lot but ate and drank way too much.
Since we use
SKYPE to keep in touch with most everybody, I really did not feel like we we've
been out of touch. In fact, it
was almost like we never left. But it was great the feeling
I got having lunch with my grand kids at their school. This can never be
replicated through SKYPE or Magic Jack. That I really miss.
Now that the trip is over, I asked myself
if I would have changed anything
about this vacation. The answer was simple... NO WAY! The vacation was perfect
or at least near perfect. We only stayed a few days at each location
thereby making sure we didn't become a burden to our hosts or vice
versa. The only thing I might have changed was to spend a
little more time with my kids. But now they will have to visit us
here to get
more "Grammy and Pop Pop" time.
This trip helped me realize how much I
also love living in Costa Rica. The people here are amazing.
Food is healthy (relatively speaking). We can afford not to work and absolutely love living near the
So is Costa Rica my home? For now it is.
What might work best
for me is to visit my northern home more than once every 18 months. But
who knows what other adventures are in my future, only time will tell.