Thursday, November 13, 2008


"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."
- Robert Frost, Death of a Hired Man, 1915

And while our need is not that great, I am so grateful to have so many homes to welcome us.

We have thought long and hard about the choices we have made and the life that we are living. Costa Rica has been a wonderful experience, but like so many gringos that try it out, we won't make it past two years.

In the end, language barrier (totally my fault), lack of family and multitudes of friends, and fear of experiencing crime first hand have tipped the scales to our return. The final nail in the coffin was when I realized that we had successfully replicated our Silicon Valley life here. My husband is working the programmer schedule 10-7, nice for a single guy, sucky for a family guy. Might as well do that at home, where Mom can network with the other soccer/girl scout/karate/boy scout/ballet/science club?/PTA moms and understand the instructions.

After the decision had been made, we learned that Costa Rica is thinking of drastically changing the residency requirements. My friend talks about it in greater detail. So far they are just thinking about it, but.... um no. In a very amusing coincidence, our residency cards are finally ready.

You just can't make this stuff up.

I am sure that I will write more in the future about Costa Rica and our decision/transition to return home. And we will try to squeeze in as much more Costa Rica as we can in the meantime. But for now, there is so much to do.

28 days and counting.


corin said...

My sister told me that you had written and published a children's book, so I took the time to search you out on google. Here you are! And I must say that I am curious about your book after reading the reviews and catching a glimpse of the artwork. The story sounds like a great message and a unique way of getting it across to little girls. I have a nine year old daughter who may be considered a little old for it- but we are always up for beautiful picture books! I have two nieces as well..ages 4 and 1. Who could resist purchasing the book of a fellow HL alumnus...congrats on your success both with the book and your family.

corin said...

quickest way to reach you...I have tagged you for the 7 wierd/random things about you game and linked your blog to the post (some PR)
check out my latest post for directions should you want to play. Also, received the shipment of your two books. let me know what days you will be in town and if it would be convenient for you to sign my books :)

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