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Archive for October, 2012

Nature, the excellent schoolmaster.

The spirit of a warrior finds sanctuary

out where he can stretch his wings and swing his mighty sword.

Where boy and nature become one

and all is well with his soul.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
-John Lubbock


It’s World Animal Day!

A perfect time to share this handsome fella struttin’ his stuff just outside of our home…

The Crested Caracara is one of the three species of caracaras found in Costa Rica. It belongs to the hawk family and is the national bird of Mexico. The opportunistic bird has spread southwards and is often seen on roads, searching for roadkill. They can also pursue vultures or pelicans in the air and harass them until they release the catch.

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
-Alice Walker


Happy ONE YEAR chasing mangos!

On September 30th 2011, I wrote the first post on the chasing mangos blog.  It was the day Ivan and I decided to visit the travel agent and get a feel for how we wanted to plan our future move to Costa Rica.  What we didn’t expect to find out was that October 31st was the only available day that year to fly from Canada to Costa Rica without it costing us our first born.  So we took a deep breath and bought our tickets having no clue how we would manage getting all of our paperwork in order, selling our home, and packing up our family of nine in only thirty days.  There are no words to describe how crazy a month that was for all of us, but somehow we got it all done.  One year ago I had no idea how much I would fall in love with this country; no idea how incredibly grateful I would be just one year later that we courageously took that plunge, holding on to a beautiful vision for our future.

We’ve experienced a lot since that day.  We’ve embraced this culture with all of it’s simplicity and charm.  We’ve learned how to relax a bit more, taking life a little slower and less seriously.  There is no rush here.  It’s hard to explain that in words, but it was a refreshing and much needed change for all of us.  We’ve also visited both Nicaragua and Panama, and look forward to more travel in the future.  The world is a big place.  But for now, Costa Rica is home, and we’re looking forward to another year of adventure and savoring sweet repose.

I encourage anyone who found there way to this blog to make real the dreams that fill your heart.  Looking back I can honestly say we made it harder and bigger than it needed to be.  It was surprisingly simple once we made the decision and were ready to back it up with action.  So here’s to another year in Costa Rica. PURA VIDA, mis amigos!

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