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Published: November 29th 2006
Today we drove into Escazu after Bill's dental appointment in the nearby town of Pavas. We wanted to visit the EPA store, the Costa Rican Home Depot to get ideas for the new house.
At EPA we ran into another woman we know from the San Ramon area who'd come into the city with two other couples to shop at EPA and our version of Price Club, Pricesmart. It's a small country. I got in trouble for taking pictures of the orchids in the garden center. I hope you appreciate the pics Mom. Luckily, Bill didn’t understand what the lady said so he wasn’t embarrassed.
We left EPA shortly after my scolding and decided to find a place to eat. With all the traffic Bill was thrilled we decided on a hot dog stand we'd eaten at on a previous visit. Personally, I think he was happy not having to pay the prices at Tony Roma's or TGIF's.
After lunch we decided to try and find a place our friends, new Escazu residents had told us about for excellent steaks. Hal, we need better directions. We didn't get the desired steaks but we did get a tour of
Main street Escazu
I don't know if it really is, it's just the one we drove into town on.
Escazu. We definitely do not want to live there!
The reasons many people choose to live there are the same reasons we choose not to. Every place we went people were speaking English, even at the hot dog stand many Tico patrons ordered in English. Funny, more people were in line for perro calientes than there were clients in the Italian restaurant next door. The traffic was crazy at noon; I can't imagine what it's like at rush hour. I lost count of the Mercedes and BMW's. We saw two Ferrari and Mazerrati dealerships, a Cartier jewelry store and too many shopping plaza’s to list. It's true you can find anything you desire in Escazu, if you can afford it.
Escazu is the right place for many people, not for us. We’re happy celebrating the arrival of the new KFC to the one San Ramon mall. Hey, it’s a big deal to us. Comfort food like KFC’s mashed potatoes with gravy and biscuits are all the luxury we need. We’ve learned it isn’t so hard not having things we used to think we couldn’t live without. We're simple folk.
Why choose the country life? All our U.S.
fast food places are located in the mall. The town maintains a rural community feel not cluttered with signs competing for your fast food dollar. The only time we've experienced heavy traffic is when we get stuck in a funeral procession or when a local festival is occurring. When was the last time the clerk at your local post office diverted their attention from the people in line just to say hello and wish you a good day? That's why we choose country life. People matter here, not your money.
Jen, Bill, Callista and Bear (who stayed home today giving us the opportunity to be tourists)
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