4 Months In… Living In Costa Rica
So we’ve been living in Costa Rica for 4 months… So far so good! Here’s a bit of an overview of our time so far!
Living in a Brothel:
I joke – kind of… Since our first night at Vista Linda Apartments, we’ve heard some really strange sounds at night. A lot of heavy breathing, and moaning. All guests are 65+ year old Americans/Canadians, and I’m currently the only female that actually gets to stay the whole night…
I assumed this place was a brothel, and our friendly landlord was a down to earth pimp. Naturally.
Our neighbourhood could be described as – friendly with a bit of edge. You don’t feel quite safe at night (I tend to do a little power walk from the bus stop to our front door) and I’m pretty sure the dead-end outside our apartment is the local weed-smoking corner, when taxi drivers aren’t pulling over to piss in the veld.
On the other hand, the neighbours are so friendly and helpful. Everyone walks the streets and it feels like a great community.
We’ll be moving to an apartment in San Pedro at the end of the month. It’s in a great location with the Mall of San Pedro a 10min walk away, and great restaurants, cafes and shops just down the road.
The best thing about living in Costa Rica?
My Job. Seriously! I work six days a week, which sounds crazy but if you consider the hours I work, it’s a dream. I have morning classes from 07h00 – 09h00 and afternoon classes from 16h00-18h00. Most days I’m totally free from 11h00-15h00. I get to have afternoon naps, and read my books all day. Heaven I tell you.
I’ve recently been promoted, and I now manage 6 other teachers along with juggling my teaching schedule. It’s great getting to interact with other teachers, and I really feel like I’m part of a team.
Since I work with business professionals, I really have the freedom to structure my classes as I like (within reason, and provided I cover the necessary work). It’s bliss not answering to anyone. I’m loving the balance of team work and freedom.
Day-to-Day Living In Costa Rica:
I’d be lying if I said living in Costa Rica was all sunshine and roses. I had coffee with a friend who’s traveled the world teaching English, and she put it perfectly – “daily life is daily life, no matter where you are”. I wake up, go to work, come home, eat, sleep and repeat.
Daily life is daily life, no matter where you are.
Tyrone and I are working hard at not running out of money. It’s expensive here, and my job doesn’t exactly pay a lot. As a freelancer, Tyrone relies on his clients paying on time etc… We’re really living from hand to mouth, and we’re often dipping into our savings. As soon as any financial problems pop up, I have a mini meltdown. We’ve had some very open and honest (often heated) conversations about money. There is always that little bit of financial pressure resting on our shoulders.
Getting Out There
Tyrone and I have also had to make the conscious decision to see more of Costa Rica. It’s a tiny country, there’s really no excuse not explore it. But we get so caught up in work, and the comfort of our little apartment. We get tired, we get lazy, and the next thing we know a month goes past and we haven’t done anything. So, from here on out we will be doing a little adventure at least once a week. Big or small, it doesn’t matter as long as we get out and do something.
It’s also important to reflect on what we have done. I tend to get a bit negative sometimes, but we’ve actually had some amazing times from museum visits, beach trips, late night bus rides and dodgy “Soda” meals.
So it’s not easy, but nothing worth doing ever is!