Fran and I don't profess to be Costa Rican experts nor will we ever make that claim.   But we have had a pretty good run at life since moving here March 31, 2009. 

Our dear friends, Deb and Rob Klipper have been here longer, have established permanent roots after living the exploratory lifestyle for several years and have few regrets. 

John Dungan on the other hand came here after doing " years of research and preparation" only to find that Costa Rica is NOT meeting his expectations.

Back in 2011, the Expat Focus website interviewed each of us to learn more about our experiences in adopting the expat lifestyle.  Recently I reread the three interviews and found them quite enlightening, even the one we did.  LOL 

I thought it would be interesting to give you the opportunity to read about how three couples approached and executed their dream of expat life.  Two of the stories are uplifting while one, unfortunately, is a crash and burn scenario.  Regardless, excellent points are made with much to be learned.