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  1. Congratulations! That is terrific! JP
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    Did you even read what I wrote? I was trying to give you the benefit of 45 years of traveling and living in other cultures. It's about attitude and values towards others. Excuse me, but I've politely tolerated people with such attitudes for many years. But you are probably correct. You need to experience it for yourself. I'm wasting my time talking to you about values and attitudes that you should have learned at a much younger age. Perhaps you'll learn it yourself, while you're still on this planet with us other, different, but still the same, people. But don't fool yourself to believe that $200,000 is going to be enough to insulate yourself from the local folks that you hope to keep away from soiing your fantasy paradise. You ain't rich enough to accomplish that. JP
  3. jpalaska

    Moving Soon

    My goodness gracious, sir/madame, Eleanor is neither 'so funny' nor has she made a 'classic mistake', as you said earlier. Eleanor is trying to give you some good advice. Eleanor is one of the most informed and conscious people on this forum. She's a lot more diplomatic and polite than I. I have lived and visited many other countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. If I had had a selfish, ignorant, and fearful attitude about local people, I never would have had such wonderful experiences living with so many different people that have 'nothing in common with me'. The fact is, I may be 1% or 2% different from people of different cultures, race, or country. But I am 99% the same. Clinging to your stuff is far less important than finding your common humanity. I can't tell you how many times I've been traveling in a 'foreign' place, alone and lost and vulnerable. Every single time, some 'local' person came to me and helped me out...gave me directions, took me to their home for a meal or lodging, helped me on my way. Those moments, those acts of kindness, those friendships are worth so much more than your belongings (non of which was EVER taken from me). It doesn't matter if you speak French, Spanish or Klingon. If you can free yourself from the fear and bigotry in your heart, your rewards will be bountiful. I guarantee it. Best to you, JP Godfrey
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    Moving Soon

    You haven't missed much that is new or unique. The story of bigotry goes way back. Modern bigotry, with a fake smile, is a little more subtle, but it's the same old bigotry (I smile and say hello, I'll eat at their restaurants, I'll buy them a cheap dinner. But they'll never get invited into my house and lust after my stuff.)
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    It's a shame that Costa Rica would be a sublime paradise for you, except for those pesky Ticos. A gated community won't be adequate. Perhaps you can rent an armed fortress to protect you and your belongings from the barbarians at your gate.
  6. jpalaska

    Moving Soon

    Best of luck in finding your kind of people. Please let us know where they are so I can be certain never to visit there.
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    Moving Soon

    You're joking about not being interested in socializing with the ticos, right?
  8. jpalaska

    Where I live in Costa Rica

    I'm greatly enjoying this thread. It warms me up a bit while I stare at the snow that still blankets my back yard. Thanks to all, and please keep adding to it. JP Godfrey
  9. jpalaska

    Where I live in Costa Rica

    Thank you Eleanor and you others for posting on this topic. This is exactly the kind of topic that I greatly enjoy reading. It's been cold and windy up here lately in Anchorage. I'm so looking forward to when I can make my first visit to Costa Rica, and experience some of the things you so aptly describe from your own daily lives. Best regards, JP
  10. Is it possible to travel to Costa Rica by boat or freighter from any western US ports? I don't mean a tour boat, but rather a freighter or ship that will take passengers from Seattle, San Francisco, LA, or San Diego to Costa Rica. Does anyone know if this is possible? Thanks, JP
  11. Hello again, and Season's Greetings from the frozen North. The other day I was watching a short Utube video from a CR expat's web site. It was a 5-6 minute video of a Toucan that had visited their back yard and sat on a low tree branch. What struck me about the video wasn't so much just the video of the bird (although it was really cool to watch this exotic animal), it was the background sounds. I could hear a veritable symphony of the songs of various other birds and even the neighbors roosters in the background. This really struck me as such a contrast to the normal, almost sterile silence we have up here in Nature. The winter up here is not just cold and dark. It is almost completely silent. Even in the summer months we don't have a lot of musical wildlife. Years ago when I was walking the wilderness in southwestern Alaska with a wonderful old Eskimo guy (George Keene) , he taught me not to look afar at the vast, flat, and treeless tundra. He said, you have to look down and close up. Only then can you see what we have of beauty in our Nature. It is in the silence and the tiny flowers and berries that push their way up for their brief life in summer. So, for over 40 years I have tried to follow George's advice. I have experienced almost all of Alaska's bountiful experiences, including the wonderful Eskimo life of subsistence hunting, fishing, gathering, trapping, and communal living. But that's over for me now. When I was a kid I saw a movie called 'Lawrence of Arabia'. It had a profound effect on me. The part of the movie I could never understand was towards the end, when Lawrence, after living this wonderful adventure with the Bedouin Arabs, could just go back to the English countryside and die in a stupid motorcycle accident. Lawrence had totally immersed into the Bedouin people, then walked away from it. At this point in my life, I understand. New adventures in one's life don't have to happen in sweeping panorama, with stirring theme music, written for Hollywood producers. I've had a wonderful life up here. The music wrote itself. What I'm asking you folks who have lived your new life there is this: What are the little, significant daily things in your Costa Rican life that fill your nostrils and lungs with oxygen? What are the small things in your daily life that charges your batteries? Tell me about the smells, sounds, tastes, and human interactions that make a difference in your day and make you feel alive? (or crappy). I realize that these questions might not suit many of you. That's OK. Consider the source It's really cold and dark here. I just had a terrific Christmas with my two grown up son/daughter and 4 year old granddaughter. They all want me to go retire somewhere warm where I'll be happy and they can visit. And I can't make my first exploratory trip to Latin America until I get my second cataract fixed under Medicare. Happy New Year to you tropical friends. It's 5 degrees here, but I'm warm for the future. JPAlaska
  12. There's still plenty of room here under the porch, Paul.
  13. I'm just a puppy here. When the big dogs are fightin', I'm hidin' under the porch. JP

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