What in the world do you DO all day? I get this question a lot…
Well, each day is different, but will tell you what I did the other day.
Got up about 5:30, made a pot of coffee, did some “computer/electronic business” (facebook, emails, instagram, words with friends… I know, but there’s some things I just can’t give up!…), then went outside and enjoyed a beautiful morning overlooking our pool with the central valley behind it. Had coffee with our friends who we are living here, always good conversation – and the mornings are always SO nice and sunny (even now, in the “green season” – which is a nice way to say “rainy season”).
About 8:30 the hubby and I went on a 4+ mile hike (half uphill, I need to add, because it’s really hard and your sympathy would be appreciated) – we have a nice figure “8” loop we do. The first part lets us enjoy amazing views of coffee fields and the valley, and the 2nd part is a partly dirt and party semi-paved-but-heavily-pot-holed country road with people’s houses and a few businesses scattered throughout. It’s a hard but good workout, I cannot convey to you the steepness of these “hills” – more like mountains!, especially on the last leg coming up the Main Cajon road. Greg & I always have good conversations while we’re hiking, mainly to distract us from the heavy breathing.
11:30 – went to catch the bus to head into town. Tried to find a new restaurant we’d heard about, but couldn’t find it (or it was closed), so ate at a different place, had a nice “typical” Costa Rican lunch and in an open air restaurant that looked out on the street. Note: a “typical” meal here is usually rice, beans, your choice of meat (I always have pechuga de pollo – chicken breast), avocado, potatoes, and sometimes includes eggs, salad, and a small portion of fried plantain. Each soda (a small café) is different. This place was very relaxing. Then went to small grocery store nearby to pick up a few things, then bakery to get a loaf of bread, and then got on bus to go back home.
4:00 – got home, relaxed for a while (computer, read, had a glass of wine).
5:00 – cooked a light dinner (chicken breast, Spanish rice, pineapple for dessert), watched a bit of CNN (trying to keep up with news, but not winning, we hardly ever turn the TV on…).
7:30 – sunset is at 5:30 each night, so it is now completely dark and Greg is happily washing the dishes (no dish washer here!) and then we’ll just hang out (computers, reading, etc.). Greg will try calling his Mom in a bit, and I have some texting and emails to get caught up on. We might watch a movie (we brought a bunch of DVD’s). Bedtime is usually 9ish (or earlier, as we both like to read in bed for a while before we get sleepy. Greg gets sleepy in 1 minute, me – about 30 minutes).
A few other things I do in a given week, besides a daily hikes with Greg… Monday and Friday mornings I have a yoga class (don’t always go to, but nice to have the option). We go into town usually on Monday or Tuesday to the grocery store. We go the farmer’s market on Friday or Saturday. Another day of the week we go into town for a light lunch at a soda somewhere, and walk around in the park. It’s not a “quick jaunt” to go into town, as we don’t have a car…. So have to walk up our dirt road (heavily pot-holed) to the main road where we catch the bus (usually we get there early, and start walking down the hill to the next bus stop or 2). The bus is awesome transportation here – it’s clean, we know the bus drivers by sight (mainly 2 guys, they are both very nice), and the local people on the bus are always nice and courteous… It takes about a ½ hour or so to get to town on the bus, with all the stops and all, but it’s actually very relaxing. When we go to the grocery store or farmer’s market – we have reusable bags we use to carry back with us. The bus runs every hour here, and it’s usually pretty close to “on time”. I also spend time on writing – for my blog, or maybe a book someday… it’s so nice to sit outside here and just put your thoughts into words as the bird fly and chirp all around you. I also cook more here, and spend time preparing food (we can’t just hop in the car and go out every night anymore!). I hope to try pizza soon with a homemade crust (from my friend Emily, who is inspiring me to make my “own” stuff – pizza crust, bread, yogurt, tomato sauce… she’s amazing), and why not? I have time!
So – there you have it – a day in the life of the Costa Rica Chica. It was a lovely day, by the way. 🙂
Till next time folks! Peace! — JenJen