THIS WEEK IN COSTA RICA: CAN I GET BACON?
Prior to making the big move almost six years ago from Toronto, Canada to San Jose, Costa Rica, I had two friends who then decided that coming to Pura Vida and teaching English was also what their destiny held. They found a house for rent on Craigslist in a small town called San Lorenzo de Flores in the sleepy bedroom province of Heredia. After a Skype meeting with the property managers and a couple PayPal transfers, we all had first and last paid on a home in a foreign land. As I had to finish some business and tie up loose ends in Canada, I flew down exactly one month after them. This turned out to be the smartest thing I could have done and only serves to show me the value coming in this radio show. Having the chance to speak to people I trusted about their initial reactions and experiences lowered the culture shock factor considerably. The first question I recall asking was, “can I get bacon?” Yes, these are the questions that you could find on blogs and websites with some savvy Googling or expat forums. But what they may not tell you is the answer is yes, but… I’m here to fill in rest.