Freedom and License

Nov 3, 2008 at 3:37 PM
Costa Rica is a very free land. Not much regulation and control. Not much police.
But it's a pretty laid back place without much crime. There is robbery and there are car accidents and that's pretty much it. If there is other crime, it goes unlamented.

Plus, everything is kind of smaller here. It's Disney that way. Feels kind of like Pirates of the Carribean when I go to Tamarindo. How can something so much like that be real? Plus all things are measured in smaller measurement here.

It makes things seem a little surreal.

Anyhow, I was thinking about this last night on my way home from Shelley's house.

Then the motorcyclist in front of me slammed on his brakes and as I deftly escaped punishing a drunk and stupid motorist with death, I realized how very real it actually is. Smaller or not. It's very real.

I need to keep my wits about me, and not be lulled into a turista's cozy dreamworld. Especially not since i'm going to be driving around.

Costa Rica's real and interesting and I'm still learning the rules. But it's challenging and amazing to be in a place where I don't already know all the ground rules.

Some people who live here use that freedom badly. THey assume that they have license to do whatever they want. Drink, drug themselves silly, drive drunk, and act like asses.

I think that is a horrible waste of a free land. I hope more people who wish to live free responsibly move here.

Pretty much all the gringos in Tamarindo are ex-surfers or others with that laidback consequence-free additude.

I think the newer immigrants may be different. I think they might be entering a new stage in Costa Rica's immigration. Yesterday I met a guy clacking away in the restaurant next door on his computer. His name is Ryan, and he moved here as a real estate developer after Florida fell apart on him. Sad, but works for him. There are lots of projects here, and he loves it. He's staying. I wonder how many other people will consider leaving the country to come here... Esecially after the election or if the economy gets worse (which ever way either one goes).


  1. I can't imagine living in such a place. I've lived in a huge metropolitan city all my life. Everything is big. I'd like to visit Costa Rica. It sounds magical, although maybe not all good magic.

  2. desi Says:

    Yeah, it's fun to visit. I' not sure I could live here, but I like chewing on it for a while.

  3. Kat Says:

    We've contemplated moving to Canada...

  4. desi Says:

    Well if you do, you'd better have room for me to visit.