Retirement can be as much survival as a blissful journey into the golden years
04.01.2009 - 04.01.2009 -25 °C
It became apparent that not much has changed since my last visit to CR 15 years ago, at least not as a retirement option for people with a modest or even small pension.
My one night return to Hotel Heredia confirmed that in spite of the exterior paint job the $20 a night rooms and the obvious attempt to attract the backpacking crowd that places like this and several others in the immediate neighbourhood are an option for expatriates to live in a moderate climate, eat basic nutritional food and have access to moderately priced health care. The accomodations are usually not much more than a sparsely decorated room with a double bed and a change of towels every day.
A german pensioner related to me the fact that he spends every winter here or in someplace like this in CR to avoid the cold European climate and to allow his Deutche Marks to stretch a little further.
There was sense of resignation to his limited life style but there was also a degree of helplessness to riding out his final years.
JUGGLING THE TRAFFIC IN HEREDIA
An entrepreneur juggler has found a way of collecting a few coins at as the cars await a green light.
Squeegee kids take note!