WTF with School around Here?!?
So education here in small-town Costa Rica was something I knew would be a challenge from day 1, but it’s shaping up to be waaaay...
...and this is Johel, Ollie, Leo (getting his head nibbled on by me...) and Yori in one of our typical, goofy-faced family photos. We are (formerly) residents of Madison, Wisconsin, but in September 2020, we packed up and shipped out to rural Costa Rica. As in 300-person-town, dirt-roads-and-3-room, 3-hour-per-day-school-rural: Johel's hometown that he left 20 years ago. Partly to get out of the repetitive rat-race that was our lives, part to work on our two Costa-Rica tourism businesses (Go Tico! Costa Rica and Casitas Joys & Leo), and part because I knew if we never tried it, we'd always wonder "what if we'd done that...." and we'd always regret that we didn't try.
This is our journal into that adventure year (or now, two years...tourism businesses during a pandemic don't grow quite as fast as you hope....) As a reader, I'm hopeful this blog excites and empowers any average family (like us! like you?) who dreams of something different to take that first step into that unknown place or adventure. I'm hopeful this gets you...maybe...thinking that that adventure might be within reach, that it gives you some baby steps to follow, pitfalls to avoid (or at least prepare for), and many reassurances that it can be done if you want it badly enough. And if you don't have grandiose ideas to abandon your friends, family, current lifestyle, jobs, home, and wonderful community (like we are doing....yikes!), may this blog, at the very least, provide you some entertainment at our expense.
Take some time to explore and find something interesting; feel free to reach out if you feel inspired.
¡Hasta la próxima!