While I love seeing all my family and friends in the U.S. I have to say it is always so wonderful to be able to come back home to Puerto Viejo. Today I woke up and sat on my new deck and watched a sloth eating breakfast in one of our trees.
I then headed to the Feria and met up with friends and bought several chocolate bars, some natural insect repellent and some vanilla made at the Botanical garden by my friends Peter and Ancel. I also found out that they got married yesterday which made a great day even better
After that I rode my bike down the road and said ‘hola’ to about 100 people who were also out enjoying the day. On the way back I stopped at the Puerto Pirata Deli – one of my favorite breakfast/lunch places in town owned by our neighbors Flora and Eric from Italy – and had a great mango and yogurt smoothie while watching the activity in and around the ocean. There were lots of dogs and people having a wonderful time playing in the ocean and walking on the beach. A group of little kids climbed onto a boat that was anchored just off the shore and were playing in it when they spotted something in the water that caught their interest. I don’t know what it was but there were squeals and hand clapping all around. There was also a man bicycling with his dog in the bicycle basket just having a good ole time.
Once back home, I watched Tom and Marvin (our carpenter) work on the almost finished new deck off of our bedroom. It is going to be the most wonderful place to sit and relax, especially in the morning while sipping a cup or two of coffee. Here is what it looks like now:
They have done amazing work in just a few weeks. And in about two or three days it will be completed.
I am just not sure life can get a whole lot better
Here are a few recent pictures from around the yard.
Pepper in our garden
Tree with sharp spikes
It seems fitting that I arrived home from a visit to the United States just in time to celebrate our third anniversary living in Puerto Viejo. I haven’t posted in this blog much since last year – actually just one post – but I hope to remedy that in the coming months. It isn’t so much that there isn’t anything to say, just that I have been busy Between working my telecommute job, Spanish lessons, yoga classes, tending the garden, reading, etc. I have not made the time to write.
My visit to the U.S. was a good one. I saw friends I hadn’t seen in several years and got to spend time with my son and his family in Colorado and my Mom and brother in Wyoming. The wildflowers in Colorado were gorgeous and I have to say that there really is just nothing like coming into the Buena Vista Valley on highway 285 and seeing the towering collegiate peaks – truly awe inspiring. But it was so good to get home to Tom and the dogs.
While I was gone Tom and Marvin (our wonderful carpenter/friend) worked on building a deck off of our bedroom. After all of the work Tom had done on the backyard, we realized that we spent very little time enjoying all of the wildlife that was now coming to visit the plants and trees. So adding a deck that we can sit on throughout the day to enjoy both the wildlife and the garden was a perfect solution. There is still a lot of work to be done but it will definitely be worth it in the end.
I came back to Puerto Viejo loaded down with all the ‘stuff’ we either we cannot get here or that costs so much less in the U.S. – long lasting batteries, a wireless printer, a backup battery for my computer for when the electricity goes out (which is happening more lately) and inexpensive replacement clothes along with lots of other things. Living in the rain forest is hard on clothes – stains abound on every piece of clothing we have almost. So bringing back new shirts and shorts makes it feel like Christmas in August.
I have to say that the three years we have been living here have exceeded my expectations. I had hoped that I would like it but worried a bit that once the newness wore off I would tire of life here. I read so many stories of people moving here and then finding that it just wasn’t the place for them and returning to where they came from. That has not even been close to my experience. I still love being here every day and when I am gone I can’t wait to return. We have made such good friends and waking up to the amazing bird sounds and
howler monkeys every day is my idea of a wonderful life. I do miss my family but find that I make it back to see them much more than I did when living in Idaho. And hopefully they will all be able to come down again one of these days.