Costa Rica feels like home. For me, it is the focus on family, the sense of community, warmth of the people and the beauty of the land. It is also the meaningful friendships we have made here with people from all over the world.
I began to wonder, why do other expats come here? To help answer this question, I interviewed two expats with seemingly different goals. Priscilla Ortiz, along with her husband Caleb, owns a thriving Texas barbecue restaurant located in Uvita. Priscilla and her family were drawn to Costa Rica because of the beauty of a simplified lifestyle. Priscilla and Caleb had the desire to instill in their children that there is more to life than material things. She explains that they wanted their children to experience a different culture and open their minds to another lifestyles. Deeply valuing family, they knew that through this experience they would continue to learn, to depend on each other, and grow together. Annie Gordon is a gifted acupuncturist and Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She relocated to Costa Rica in 2015. Annie came for a seasonal job and quest for adventure. She states, “Living here makes me feel free. The natural beauty, the gorgeous locals, and special friends I have made have turned this into one of the best decisions of my life.” Annie feels that living in Costa Rica provides the opportunity to have different priorities. Within these stories is a distinctive theme. That is the pursuit of pura vida – the pure life. To achieve it requires following your heart and creating your own dreams… wherever they may lead you. Note: Since the time of our interview, Annie has been offered an exciting opportunity in the United States to expand the practice of holistic healthcare by fusing eastern and western medicine.
Jennifer N. Bacon, Ph.D.