Ivan_view2I moved to Costa Rica more than 2 years ago and since then it has been an experience far beyond what I expected. It feels like a dream. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, however I have seen more amazing and full (one side to the other) rainbows here than in my whole life. It wasn’t a perfect fit or the greatest thing I ever did. I will reserve that honour to marrying my wife. It was however the greatest opportunity to live a truly natural and self fulfilling life ever and I am soaking it up everyday. No day goes by without the reminder of how different a life I now live versus the one I happily enjoyed in Canada. Canada is great. Great people, great government (for the most part), beautiful and cleaner-than-most cities and country, an easy to deal with economy and business environment and the list goes on and on. However the cold can get to you, the high cost of living is not always worth it, and there are the regular challenges that you will find almost anywhere on the planet. Taking that into consideration and my growing aversion to the cold climate… I sought to move south to a warmer more stable climate with clean air and the ability to be near an abundance of fresh organic food year round.

So here I am living this incredible life where the temperature stays between a comfortable 70-85 degrees year round. I have no hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards or hail storms in July. It doesn’t take me 2 hours to get myself out of my driveway for 6 months of the year even with the best snow-blower from Canadian Tire. I have the beach only 2 minutes away and the mountains another 15  in the other direction. There are farmers markets in every direction and I am in the process of building my own Eco-Lux development with in-house aquaponics for organic fish, fruits and vegetables. Like I said life is good. In spite of the occasional power outage that lasts 2 mins to 2 hours,  or the extraordinary need for more paperwork from the bank. My internet speed challenges were testing my patience more than once as well, but I chose to live on a street where there was no cable or ADSL service, while my friends 1 minute away could enjoy speeds up to 100mbps through Cabletica. Frustrating as it is that I am using my cell phone’s 4mbps connection to write this post, I also enjoy no download limits like the infamous “bandwidth cap” by Rogers and Bell back in Canada. Nor do I recieve junk mail at my doorstep each day. I life in a golf course like setting with views of a lake and Capuchin monkeys dancing in the trees behind my house. Sound like a Dream? Sometimes it feels like it. It is my Dream come true and if it is a dream, don’t wake me up.