The earth monkey has landed!

New centre of operations, Casa Atmos, Rio Oro, Santa Ana, Costa Rica

All glory comes from daring to begin..

OK, pompous/cheesy quote aside, this is where it begins, glory or not! With a glass of whisky, a palm-tree lined vista, and Seal on the ipod. In the land that embraces Pure Life. La Pura Vida.

For someone who was itching for a bit of that, it sounded like the obvious place to start! For the Costa Ricans, it’s not just a saying, it’s a doing. How people greet each other every day. A way to express delight, accord, and general contentment with life – which seems to happen quite alot. (spot the gringa that’s fresh off the boat!) And coming from a city where the most likely daily greeting will be a grunt, a shove, or a sigh, as you wedge your way onto a packed commuter train, this is a joy to behold, and experience. Others (somewhat disapprovingly) define it as ‘a leisurely lifestyle’, ‘a disregard for time’, and (shock, horror) ‘wanton friendliness’! Well, bring it on, that’s all I can say!

The truth is, as everyone who has ever made it to Costa Rica knows, it’s not hard to express this sentiment when you wake up to a blue sky and sunshine every day. Or are greeted by a glorious array of fresh pineapple or mango for breakfast. And coffee that is grown and ground in the next valley.  Or, if you want to go local,  spotted cock (Gallo Pinto). Which is nothing like it’s English cousin, by the way – it’s at the more savoury end of the spectrum (so to speak).

But of all the definitions of La Vida Pura, the one that resonates with me best is ‘enjoying life slowly’. That’s just it. With a bit of wanton friendliness thrown in.

So far, Costa Rica has embraced me, and I it. Blogging, on the other hand, may take some getting used to!


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  2. Excellent start! Look forward to reading about your adventures, and will post news of London as soon as i get my own sh*t together. Abrazos – LT


  3. Darling – we have sunshine and riots but we are low on monkeys! Please remedy… Love you. Mx


  4. Centre of Operations looks fantastic. Hope I get to hold some very important meetings there at some point…


  5. Posted by Amanda on March 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm



  6. Posted by Zak on March 28, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Yeha! Wow! Wonderful adventures, wonderful life. Thrilling Liza, I must grab Lady M and we must come over immediately, failing that then I will make sure she grabs me and we come over immediately! Didn’t you say it was time for coffee? Well pop the kettle on beauty…… till then big kiss to you XX Z


  7. Posted by owen on March 29, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Sounds just like Lawrenny to me (apart from the coffe and fresh fruit bit…)


    • And the pool, and the predictably sunny weather… absolutely! Well, it’s certainly farming country.. have seen my first flock of cows. And I saw a bloke ride into shop in my local town on a horse. Ain’t seen that in Lawrenny lately.


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