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.