Last August, the editors from
International Living Magazine (ILM) asked us if we would
be interested in telling our story at their 2010 Conference
right here in San Jose. Before accepting their offer I
did my own due diligence. Having read many past issues
of their magazine, I found the articles to be very
interesting and highly informative, possessing a
consistently uber positive viewpoint but I do recognize that
it is the nature of their business to be ultra positive. So when they
asked us to speak at their event, I wanted to make sure that
we would be able to tell our story the only way we know
how... with warts and all. When they wholeheartedly
agreed, so did we.
More than 250 attendee's
heard our story. Apparently they liked what
they heard, because we have been invited back again this
year. Fran and I will be on the agenda again in San
Jose talking about expat life in Costa Rica. Then
completely out of the blue I got an email from International
Living asking if we would be agreeable to give a talk at
their huge, annual conference in Las Vegas in early October.
I could not type the words HELL YEAH fast enough. The
only barrier was finding a person/couple to house sit for us
during our 2 week, Stateside visit. Three hours later we had
our house sitters.
Last year I received several emails from
people who ripped us apart, condemning us for selling out because we spoke at the
International Living event. They had accused us of
for being "shills" for ILM.
Let me be
clear, while our travel expenses are reimbursed by ILM, we are NOT
paid a fee to speak at these events. The words we
speak are our own and not those of International Living.
In fact, International Living does not even ask to review
our material before we present.
We enjoy meeting new people and adding on to
our network. Our goal is to tell our story and
hopefully stem the tide of expats who make the mistake of
moving to Costa Rica ill prepared.
By the way, after we
finish our talk in Las Vegas, we plan on spending About 10
days visiting friends and a few Boomers Offshore fans in
Arizona, Nevada and California. I think we are going
to make it as far north as Santa Barbara.