Archive for Category: "living abroad"
To me, permission to write really means giving myself permission to have others read my writing. Because, I had always written. Starting with my first-ever diary in grade school. I remember it clearly: it had a turquoise blue border, with a picture of a girl on the front (possibly Holly Hobby?), and the best part – it had a LOCK! Wow – something I could write my secret thoughts in, and no one would ever read it.
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