I've been living in Costa Rica for 9 weeks. Talk about a life-changing experience. I feel like I'm always saying this, but it really is impossible for me to put into words all the beautiful things I am seeing and emotions I am feeling. This isn't even the halfway point, so I know that there is much more still to be learned. All the same, I felt compelled to write this blog on the small things I have learned thus far in my adventures. Some are silly, some practical, and some serious. But they are all certainly worth the read...
- I could live minimally and still lead an exceptionally happy life.
- Good coffee really does make a difference.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables really are better.
- Don't just go willy nilly picking things up!
- Lizano sauce is absolutely delicious.. on everything. (Yes, Candace, you were right.)
- Wearing no makeup will decrease your perceived "need" for makeup. It's all relative.
- Dry shampoo would be very nice to have as hot showers are not always available.
- T-shirts work just fine as pillowcases (don't judge me).
- There is no need to spend tons of money on a coffee machine when you can use a percolator for around $8 (or more if you want a fancy decorative one, but still..)
- Men instantly become more attractive when they know how to dance with you.. at least for me they do ;).
- Costa Rica really isn't that much cheaper than the United States. Sources say it is actually the 4th most expensive country in Latin America to live in.
- Spanish (or any second language for that matter) is VERY difficult to learn. I seriously respect those people who are bilingual.
- You learn who your true friends are when you leave them to travel abroad. Love you guys!
- Driving isn't necessary with the proper personal motivation and public transportation.
- There is so much to be learned about the world and all the people that make it up. I will never stop learning.
- Life is not worth all the worry.
- Money is just paper that we allow to run our lives.
- Fear is just something we allow in our brains that keeps us from fully experiencing life.
- Shyness, in the same manner, is just a way that we let another person's perception of us change the way we act. So just dance. Don't worry, they're just jealous.
- We may all come from different cities in different parts of the world, but in the end, we have much more in common than we thought.
Things are changing. I am changing. I could not have asked for a better experience. And this is still just the beginning. Perhaps later I will brief you in more detail :)
But, as for now, I must call it a night and get some real work done.
As always, thanks for reading.