The first post. A little background.

So here goes. This is my first blogging experience. To tell you the truth, I have thought about blogging before, but I just never had anything interesting to tell the world about! Now, I am living in a beautiful country with a person I love, and I experience something new just about every day. So, here goes!

Peter and I decided to move to Costa Rica (CR) for a couple of reasons. First, since online poker has become illegal  in the United States as of April 15, 2011, Peter had been playing in the casino near our home in Las Vegas. Things were going fine, but as time went on more and more online players were making their way to the casinos in Vegas to make their money, which in turn made the games more difficult and less lucrative for Peter. I was volunteering through AmeriCorps VISTA program over the summer when Peter and I started toying around with the idea of relocating to another country. At this time it was just going to be him moving here because I had begun a job interview process with a casino on the strip and I wanted to see that through. We talked about a bunch of different options for countries, and Costa Rica seemed to be the best option. Only a short flight home if we needed it (about 4 hours to Dallas!), relatively cheap to live in, and a politically neutral country as well as safe overall. The weather isn’t too bad here either… 🙂

A second reason is for a huge tax break! $$$ Which we hope to meet by the end of the year!

Third, it has always been a dream of mine to live in another country and learn another language. These two things didn’t necessarily have to happen at the same time, but they are, so I’m killing two birds with one stone (I hope)!

Anyway, I ended up here with him because the more I thought about it the more I realized that missing out on an opportunity to fulfill two of my life ambitions because of a higher pay check seemed silly. I don’t want to be one of those people who lets money completely run their life. Now, I know that all of our choices in life are somewhat based around money, it’s how we survive. I just felt like if it is possible for me to put my dreams in to action, what better time than now? We are not guaranteed tomorrow, and we are definitely not guaranteed retirement! It was now or maybe never. I chose now!

So, Peter moved down here December 1st, and I finished up a few things at home and met him here December 23rd. We spent Christmas at Jaco beach!Image

We also had a chance to meet up with our good friends Alex and Lauren in Arenal and watch our Alma Mater (OBU) Women’s Soccer team play 2 games.

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The day after we returned from our trip to Arenal, I started working at Washington International School in Escazu as a 4th grade teacher. I never thought I would be good at teaching or enjoy it, but it has actually been one of the best experiences I’ve had in my whole life! Every day is a new adventure with the kids. They love to learn and they teach me new things (mainly in Spanish) every day!

The purpose of this blog is to let my readers in on all of my crazy adventures while I’m here. Everything from daily activities, to exploring San Jose and surrounding areas, to trying local cuisine! Thank you for being interested and I hope to keep you interested!! Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “The first post. A little background.

  1. Shaina

    Whitters, I loved reading your post. Keep us updated 🙂

  2. Samantha

    Great start! Its going to be awesome to read about your adventures!

  3. Catie

    Yay! Thanks for the update!

  4. Great job Whitney, not only the writing but balancing priorities!

  5. james zametz

    What an awesome story Whitney! Keep this blog up, it’ll be great to look back later and read through these entries and reminisce. I’m gonna have to subscribe to your feeds!

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