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As in South Africa, the braai/barbecue is a social event that is an important part of Chile’s culture. I’ve seen a music video in which a Chilean singer sings about everybody ‘parilla’-ing together exactly like the South African Braai Day songs!
I am often asked why I decided to uproot my kids and move to Costa Rica. There are a few things that inspired me to take this leap. One thing was my son was going off to college in Florida…we’re from Maine. With him leaving, we really didn’t have a reason to stay in the Northeast.
Leaving a comfortable life with a fully furnished apartment, a well-paying job and an established social life may seem like a big decision to some. As if there should be some debate, a pro/con list, late night advice sessions and a lot of research.
One of the reasons my husband and I moved to Costa Rica, was to live smaller – in a lot of ways. We wanted to get out of the “more more more” mentality (more money, more material things, etc.), and concentrate on more important things
We decided to move away from North America. We pulled our very young children from the only place that we had ever lived. We deserted the idea and the comfort of “home” and forced our future wide open to anything and anywhere. Without a set-in-stone agenda, we truly rolled the dice with our first country of choice.