Living a Life of Leisure

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Does it seem a bit too self indulgent to admit that I am living a life of leisure in Costa Rica? No, I'm not rich or retired on a pension. But I am absolutely living my dreams here. I've been here, on the Caribbean side for over two years - it took that long to get it life in this world figured out! I just want to tell everybody that you CAN live your dreams! Follow your heart. Never give up.
Red more about it here:
Pura Vida!


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Thank you, Angelina.

Thank you, Angelina. Muchicimas gracias.


The post is pretty good & motivates us a lot. And make us more passionate to achieve our dreams. Thanks for such a lovely post..

Pick a Goal

Well, it does relate to my point, Peter. When you pick a goal and set a date you are thinking positive about what you can create. It is that belief in yourself and in your own creative power of intention that carries you through from the idea stage to the fruition of your goal. That is how we work to follow our dreams!

And by the way, Punta Mona is an amazingly beautiful place - more Caribbean magic!

Great point

You're so right, there is so much for which we can be grateful, and when we keep the good in mind we can help create it.  I remember when about five years ago I was just a little south of you visiting Punta Mona and Steven said to a few friends and I how helpful it is to just simply pick a goal, and set a date to achieve it.   Maybe not exactly what you're saying but I mention it also because it came from your neighborhood and is somewhat related.


That's OK, Peter. Thank you. And maybe, even, somebody heard what I said - I mean about being positive. I hope so.


Hi Lisa, Sorry I should have deleted all that personal attack earlier but I was in a hurry.  I've deleted it now.  Peter

What were we talking about?

Sorry, this forum does not belong to me, and you can say whatever you want, but after reading that last post I can't help but reply: I started this conversation with a positive and very happy idea. I said I love my life in Costa Rica. I said I am following my dreams and I want to encourage others to do the same.

There is a lot of bad stuff that goes on in the world - every part of the world. Many people like to put their energy into talking about that stuff. Just watch the TV news and you get more than a healthy dose of it. I have no opinion of Lafoca's life or experiences, they belong to her - not me. Same for El Gordo. But as for me, it is my personal aspiration to try to help make the world a better place by being happy and positive and sharing love with all.

You can accentuate the positive in life or the negative. It is your choice. I warn you that like attracts like and negative thought brings only more of the same. Please let me keep my part of it clean and take the negative stuff to a different conversation. Thanks.

p.s. If you are wholeheartedly dedicated to defending Nicaragua, then give absolutely no energy to anyone who says bad things about it. Instead, tell us the good things. Tell us what you are proud of and what you love. Tell us of the hope you have for Nicaragua's future and what others can do to help. I have to believe that in spite of the problems this country has, it's people hold on to dreams for their country's future. As I said before, let us encourage everyone to follow their dreams.

Ahh La Focca,

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Puerto Viejo visit

Thank you for your comment. That is so nice to hear. I really appreciate when someone else can see the things I love about this place. I hope you do read my book - and let me know what you think. Also, send me a personal email from my home page "contact me" and we can keep in touch. I'd love to get to meet you when you come back!
Pura vida.

Lisa I visited Puerto Viejo

Lisa I visited Puerto Viejo in April and fell in love with the area! We would love to move there. It was the most relaxing, wonderful time I have ever had anywhere. The local people were so nice and willing to help anytime we had any problems. We were in the Central Valley a few years ago and I didn't enjoy it as much - not because of the people, it just doesn't have the same atmosphere as PV. I will be buying your book. Thanks for the inspiration - I joined this forum to meet people like you who have experienced this specific area. I find your attitude refreshing.

Thank you. I am happy to hear

Thank you. I am happy to hear you are following your dreams. Some are drawn to the east, some to the west and some simply to the whims of the heart. It doesn't matter where. What matters is that we pay attention and listen to the whisperings of our deepest desires. Pura Vida!

Living a life of leisure


It is so great to hear your living your dream. So am I but I am on the opposite coast. The next step for me is to buy my own condo or house! Keep living the dream.

A lot of "don'ts"

That's a lot of don'ts, Peter. Maybe it would be better to have just one big don't. Don't go to Nicaragua! But I don't know.... I liked Granada. I liked the trip I took. I'd like to see Bluefields and Corn Island..... But I'll probably go to Panama first. So many places to see in the world........

what does peter say?

Whenever people ask me about safety in Nicaragua, I tell them it's usually safe, as long as you don't ride taxis unless you know what you are doing and are aware of the risks, don't do drugs, don't drink alcohol, don't go out at night unless you know what you're doing, don't trust Nicaraguans to help you avoid crime, don't leave your belongings alone in your hotel room, and don't walk around in touristy areas looking for solitary sections.  And of course, don't commit any crime, don't talk to drunk people or political agitators, don't drive a car (especially one that is not 100% legal), don't employ any Nicaraguan, don't get involved with immigration, don't buy property, and don't insult anyone (especially in public) no matter how rudely they insult you.  However, if you can avoid those things you are probably ok in Nicaragua most of the time.

Experiences in general

The best person to ask about this is Peter Christopher, because he was a staple of the landscape. I have not been. And let me tell you that anyone thinking of them self as a "tica" or "nica" who as Peter says, "mixes gentrification" with a complete lack of knowing the language or culture, is probably not your best knowledge base. Because many of those are paying off people like the Sandinistas and hanging in there by a thread for doing so, and know absolutely NOTHING about Latin culture. Ask a person who speaks the language, knows the people, and better than that, ASK the people what they think. They will always be your best resource on their country.

Life Experiences

Thank you for your sincere, kind and thoughtful comments. I didn't realize that you were talking about your own personal experience. I really can't imagine what a nightmare that must have been. I'm grateful to know that your husband was released. Of course, you would want to warn others.

I visited Nicaragua about a year and a half ago. I traveled by bus to Los Chiles in Costa Rica where my son and I took a boat to San Carlos. There we stayed overnight and took a big boat across the lake (overnight) to Granada. We toured Granada for two days. I enjoyed the trip. We had no problems. It was two weeks before the elections, I believe it was mayoral elections. It is fortunate that we were not there after the election. The violence in the streets made world news headlines.

I had hoped to visit Nicaragua again. I have friends here in Puerto Viejo from Bluefields. I'd love to see Corn Island. I speak some Spanish and I don't look like a rich Gringa, but it's obvious I'm not Latin. Do you think it is unsafe for even simple tourists like me?

Fear and Panic vs. LIVING

I'm not implying that at all. And as someone married to a Central American, you can BET I'll be in Central America soon! I have told of those things to make people aware, not to shake them into never venturing outside of the U.S. or Canada. But so many ex-pats get a feeling of being too safe once they get used to a place, and that simply should never be a reality in places like Latin America.

I also say this as person of South American descent married to a Central American. I encourage people to step outside of their comfort zones and get to know the world. I wish more would! I sincerely believe that when this happens it removes the barriers between nations, and it may even alter some of the negativity cast at immigrants.

Just don't get too comfortable that you risk your safety. Be diligent! Always keep the embassy number ready on speed dial, just in case. And if you travel to places like Nicaragua where there is a great deal of corruption,tell EVERYONE when you should return. If you don't return by then, HAVE THEM CALL THAT NUMBER! I say that after spending 9 days searching for my husband and just having him released on Tuesday. I can't tell you what he went through, but it rivals the story I've already told and it may be coming out in the news soon. I could tell you what I went through trying to free him. It involves two human rights organizations, UNHCR, his embassy, and my embassy. It took a great deal of determination on my part, because DGME is no joke and I literally had to scare the crap out of them to have my husband released. I'm sure Roger Pablo Morales will NEVER forget my name...LOL. And I can also tell you of the wonderful people he met there and the lifetime relationships we will have with these people. Many of whom were instrumental in helping us obtain his release and the release of several others who had been incommunicado for a month.

Before my husband moved to Nicaragua we lived in Mexico for 9 years and felt as safe as you do. I had a network of good friends, no reason to feel any other way. And there too, what happened to my husband and I could have happened to anyone. We left Mexico suddenly. It suffices to say that.

And I am sincerely happy for you that you are living a good life. You look like a wonderful and fun person I might enjoy having over to a BBQ. Just be careful where you advertise it. Because as much as I hate to admit it as a Latina, we have some rather unscrupulous folks in this culture. People who will watch what you say and prey on you. And you have posted your photo to make it all too easy. Capische?!!!

Now go enjoy Costa Rica and have a lifetime of experiences. But never get so you feel too safe!

Living Happily

Ok. so because some people have been hurt, must we all go around unhappy, angry, in fear? Or maybe we should stay in a "safer" country like the United States. I am very sorry about what happened to those people. If you are telling of these injustices because you want to change things and make the world a better place, I wish you the best.

I wrote a blog to inspire people to follow their dreams. Mine is to live in peace and share my positive outlook on life with others. You may have a different attitude and different goals. That's OK. Just don't try to take the wind out of the sails of those whose perspective differs from yours. It is one thing to warn people appropriately. It is another to tell them to dump their ideas of a beautiful life.

I am living a beautiful life in the Caribbean of Costa Rica. Do you know how many people tell others not to come out here because it is too dangerous? Lots. Well I am living proof that it is possible to live the life one loves in the Caribe Sur.

There are lots of places people can go to find out about all the danger and bad news. Just turn on the TV. I wrote my note here in this forum to share good news and celebrate life.

"Coning from the mentality of love and graciousness"

Tell that to the two Venezuelans (an attorney and a physician) who were held incommunicado for simply visiting Nicaragua on business. They were picked up by one of those people as they were preparing to fly out of Nicaragua. And how did they not take care of themselves?

They didn't have a stamp on their visa for entering Nicaragua.


Because they entered one of the CA-4 countries BEFORE they entered Nicaragua and didn't need it. However, due to their positions and ability to pay mordida they were targeted by Roger Pablo Morales for an illegal detention and huge bribes.

Be very careful about your naivety and watch the news. You may learn something about "happy people and guardian angels."

BTW, we've learned that DGME in EVERY Central American country tends to act the same way, so Costa Rica may not be as safe as you believe. And I say that having a Central American husband who I both revere and adore.

Living Safe

I don't live in Nicaragua. I believe it may not be a safe place to live. I live in Costa Rica, in a safe and happy place. There are many ways to view the world. I prefer to remove myself from the people and places that thrive on fear. I keep myself in a safe place surrounded by happy people and of course, my guardian angels.

It is good that people are warned. It is good that people are told of who can help them. It is even better that people learn to take care of themselves and come from the mentality of love and graciousness. That provides great protection.

If you read Spanish, then you may want to read this

At least if you visit Nicaragua. Because this may interfere with your ability to live your life of dreams there. After all, rape is not a nice dream:

If I were you, I'd have THIS phone number: Tel. 2252-7100 on your automatic dial list, just in case you meet these people:


Róger (Pablo) Morales, director de Asesoría Legal;
el comandante Martín Martínez, director de Desarrollo Institucional;
la subcomandante Pamela Aguilar, directora de Extranjería;
el subcomandante Martín Jarquín, director de Fronteras;
la capitán Cristina Castillo, directora de Recursos Humanos;
el subteniente Mario Aburto, jefe Financiero,
el subteniente Pedro Cubillo, inspector de Fronteras.

It is the number to The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S Embassy, Managua. And it could save your life and gain your release when you are illegally arrested by them! Especially if you can prove the detention is illegal with valid documents. Because the people listed above don't play by the rules and posting your information online is dangerous to you, since they now know you can pay mordida for your release.

Life of Leisure

Thank you, Summer. We all need to encourage each other. I hope you will follow my travel journals and be inspired by each new adventure, to step out into your own!

Thank you for the inspiration

Thank you for the inspiration and the very timely reminder. I keep losing perspective lately. I know that I should never forget my dreams and should never give up and yet I am finding that hard to do with all that is going on in my life. So, THANK YOU.

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