Okay, every blog has to have a “first post” so this is it. Five years ago we moved from Maine to Costa Rica (well documented in my book Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica) and overall we’ve loved it here. But here we are, five years later, house for sale and moving back to the U.S.
What happened? Well, first, foremost, and undeniably the most critical factor is simply that we welcomed our first grandbaby into the world in April. After three weeks spent (with me mostly just holding the baby!) back in the U.S., we knew that we were going to want to “make a new plan” that would include spending more time back in the States, specifically in Salt Lake City where our daughter Jen, husband Larry, and wonderful new granddaughter Avila live.
But initially we expected that would mean continuing to live in Costa Rica more-or-less full-time and hopefully spend some weeks, maybe even a couple of months back up there.
As weeks went on, though, and we began to see how much Avila changed just over short periods of time, it led to re-thinking things and, in the end, we decided to reverse the order of things. We would move to SLC as our “primary base” and plan to spend some weeks, perhaps as much as a couple of months at a time, back here in CR.
We’ve been very active in our local community of San Ramon, and our leaving has come as a shock to lots of folks, although pretty much anyone with a grandchild of their own has found it easier to understand. But particularly as my book sales about moving to Costa Rica continue to grow and as I struggle a little to reconcile our huge fondness for Costa Rica with our growing enthusiasm and excitement to be back in the States… well, it seemed that a blog to explore it all in more depth would be useful — both to me as a “process” and to my readers and others investigating the whole idea of moving to CR.
Over the coming weeks and months (years?) I will look back at what led us to move here and explore more deeply the thinking behind deciding to move back –not only the part leading up to making the decision, but the ongoing one-step-forward, one-step-sideways experience of actually putting the decision into effect.
You’ll see lots of posts to come about things we’ll miss about Costa Rica — and things we won’t! Things we’re looking forward to about being back in the States, as well as things we’re not looking forward to.
My hope is that you’ll find it useful — and, dare I say, entertaining too! All too often folks seem to be “selling” Costa Rica — whether literally (as in they’re selling real estate or some other product) or at the very least “selling themselves” that they’ve done the right thing by moving here.
Or you too often see the flip-side — someone who is disenchanted and moving back and now can spew nothing but venom for the country they plan on leaving behind.
Interestingly, I think we represent a middle view that will be very useful to folks — we love it here but we’re still leaving. Maybe having a chance to look inside our thoughts and experiences and processes will give you insights too — both to help you decide whether or not to move here in the first place, and maybe to give some perspective on whether you want to stay forever. Some folks do. But lots of folks don’t, and that doesn’t automatically mean they made a mistake coming here.
In my next post I’ll talk more about the idea that coming here has to be “forever” and how we look at this whole idea of coming or not, staying or leaving. It’s been an interesting journey in my own mind over the past 6 years since I first began investigating moving here, and the trip isn’t over yet.