Four Years and Counting

Four yearsIt it hard to believe that we have been living in Puerto Viejo for four years.  On Wednesday, August 13th we celebrated our arrival in 2010.   It is strange to me how time has gone so fast and so slow at the same time.  Life here is so laid back and calm – no one is in a rush.  For some who move down here, that is frustrating but for some reason I fell right into the lifestyle Smile  The lack of stress is what is most wonderful – I can see why this little country is often #1 on the polls for the “Happiest country in the world”. 

Since I last wrote we have had a few major things happening but by far the most exciting was that Costa Rica made it to the final eight in the World Cup.  Everyone was NUTS!!!  Watching the world cupEverything in the country stopped when Costa Rica was playing and the President even gave time off to all of the workers.  There is just something about being in the middle of a crowd of people yelling and singing “Ole, Ole, Ticos, Ticos” that make life feel very good.  Soccer player  Dave Myrie paradePuerto Viejo had its own celebrity, Dave Myrie, who was a bench player who ended up playing in the second to the last game.  There was a huge parade for him and then a welcome home party at Hot Rocks, one of the main bars in town.  He was so generous with his time giving photographs and posing with the fans.  Dave Myrie with kidsDave Myrie with fans

We also went to the annual 4th of July party at The Point and met up with most of our friends, neighbors and dogs in our little corner of PV.  The Point always has a free barbeque for the neighborhood and there is always a band and fireworks at the end of the day.  It was just a great time!  4th of July floppy ear dogFriend at the point

Last but not least we have filed for permanent residency!!!  After you have lived here for three years you can apply and so we drove to Limon last week and got all the paperwork filed and paid the $100 per person.  Hopefully in three to six months, the application will be approved.  There will definitely be another celebration when it is Smile

A few pictures…….

Iguana high in the tree Iguana way up in a tree


Sofi holding a big stickSofi with treasures from the beach


Pretty  grasshopper Neat looking grasshopper

Passion flower (1)  Our first Passion Flower!

RainAfter a drought the rain came

More rainAnd continued………


Tom walking dogsTom and crew coming back from the daily walk to the beach – these are happy puppies!!!


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6 responses to “Four Years and Counting

  1. Trina

    I am so happy for you guys. I can’t believe it has already been four years! Thanks for sharing all the events and pictures – I love living vicariously through you 🙂

  2. hi amigos!
    my name is Alicia , I am an argentinian living in Canada. i am going to Puerto Viejo in september (13 to 20) . i will be working at Jaguar Center.
    is there any chance that I can invite you guys for dinner to talk a little about living in Costa Rica? my husband and me are thinking about that.
    can you send me your email adress? mine is

  3. Marilyn Williams

    Planning to move to Puerto Viejo within weeks. Interested to know how you transported your dogs. I have a toy poodle so also interested in what grooming may be available.

    • Hi Marilyn – we brought our dogs down on Frontier on an overnight flight but Frontier has stopped flying into San Jose. Which is a shame since they were absolutely wonderful. I believe a toy poodle will be able to be in the cabin with you as a carry on. Check with your airline though as each airline has their own regulations.

      As far as grooming goes – the vet in town that I go to provides a grooming service so you should be covered there 🙂

      Welcome to Puerto Viejo (almost)!!

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