It's been six months
since we left the comforts of our first Costa Rican home for our new
digs here at the beach. We decided it was time for a road trip
to go back and see some friends and while doing so run a few
On Sunday morning,
July 25, we packed an overnight bag, a few edible treats and two
very eager dogs who love to travel and set out on the 3 hour trip
south on the Pan American Highway to San Ramón.
Our first stop along the way was to
visit with old friends and neighbors Jerry and Nancy Freeman, two
expats who prove every day that a couple can live well in Costa Rica
for under $1000 a month. Jerry and Nancy epitomize the minimalist
attitude. While not having a need for a TV, they are still
able to connect on the internet by way of Costa Rica's growing 3G
Cellular Network. They are incredible examples of doing more
with less... a lesson that perhaps we can all learn from.
After a visit with the Freeman's, we
visited with friends a whole bunch of friends at the cabina's just
outside San Ramon. There we hooked up with year plus veterans
Paul and Gloria Yeatman, newcomers Sally and Lenny Timm. We
met Sally and Len last year, when they were taking a retirement
tour. They have since sold off all their stuff and moved to
San Ramón and have even visited us at the beach. Also at
the cabinas were new friends, here on an exploratory visit, Randi
and Dean Killian.
Next on our hit list were Skip and
Donna Anderton. They used to live at the cabinas but quickly
opted for a larger place because their 40' container, with all their
worldly possessions was arriving and they needed a place to store
their stuff. Today Skip and Donna have purchased a beautiful
parcel of land with quite a nice view and are in the early stages of
building their Costa Rican dream house. Stay tuned... I smell
a video coming.
On Sunday night we went to the home of
friends Tom and Susan Ackley where we hooked up with even more old
friends. It was great swapping stories. Fran and I were
also bombarded with questions about our new life at the beach.
I have to admit it was tough answering some of those questions
without sporting a "Cheshire Cat" type of grin.
The next morning we awoke to a Skip
Anderton breakfast of Banana Pancakes and grilled ham. That
was a great way to start out the day. After visiting their new
home site, it was time to get down to business with a trip to our
San Ramón lawyer's office to pick up the books of our new
corporation, "FrandyB S.A.". We then headed to Escazu to
Pricesmart (identical to Costco and Sam's Club) to stock up on bulk
After dropping a ton of money on food
stuffs, we began the long journey home to Playa Hermosa. Total
drive time: 3 hours and 15 minute, thanks to the new and infamous