THIS WEEK IN COSTA RICA: GOOD MORNING, SUNSHINE
I wake up fairly early by North American standards. Once you become accustomed to the sunrise/set times being as they are here in Costa Rica, you soon appreciate that the natural cycles that surround you are better greeted with acceptance rather than resistance. This is true in every sense of living in this country, but particularly important when speaking of morning. Ticos are loud. Ticos are especially loud at 6am. Sleeping in means that I allow my cats to wake me up at around 5:20am. Work days can start at 4. To some this may seem shockingly early. However, considering the sun sets before 6pm, and like an old man whose tapioca pudding cup is wrung clean with his tiny spoon after Matlock, I’m out of my slippers and in bed before 10pm. The sunrises here are spectacular; those living on the West coast will attest better than I to the splendor of the sunsets. As I gently sip my fresh cup of Tarrazu region dark roast (freshly ground by burr grinder), gaze across my kitchen counter upon a perpetually full bowl of papaya, banana, pineapple, etc., I contemplate every morning that I am truly blessed to be welcomed in such a country rich with opportunity. I’ve come to love mornings, among many other things Costa Rica has only begun to reveal to me. What will you come to love?