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Post Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:43 pm

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I had no idea, but this makes perfect sense. I think for myself my depression did not improve with our move to Costa Rica, it is just triggered by different things than when I was in the USA. I become more depressed, like now, with my fear at an all time high. I am depressed despite medication because I am so far removed from family and friends and all that was familiar like restaurants, movie theaters, saturday yard sale shopping, my grocery stores for health food items, hearing English spoken everywhere and police that arrive promptly and care. My sense of living like a stranger in a strange land as an English speaker and not fluent in Spanish. I don't have a connection to my Tico neighbors since I can't converse comfortably nor do we have a shared sense of history. The place we chose to buy and build although beautiful it is lacking in expat community and when I go into town as one of the only gringas, I feel the stares and I am unconfortable. I have never liked to feel as though I stand out. So bottom line, there is no pura vida anywhere if you don't already have a strong sense of self, happiness, contentment, and the fluency of the foreign language.

 

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Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 2:14 am

Hi gringatica2003,

Thank you for sharing.

I think your words "So bottom line, there is no pura vida anywhere if you don't already have a strong sense of self, happiness, contentment, and the fluency of the foreign language"

echo the feelings of many expats who feel trapped and ill at ease in their new home.

Can you return to your home country?

Kind regards,

Carole

 

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Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 2:26 am

Returning to the USA is not what the shared desire is with my husband. There are many things about Costa Rica we love, and one is the warm weather. Nowhere in the USA can we find this year round warmth. Family is spread out. Perhaps putting our home on the market and if we sold, we could move and rent in an area where there are more expats. That may make a large difference in my mental state. Selling in this market isnt promising though.

 

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Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 1:43 pm

Whatever you ulitimately decide I hope all goes well and you find inner peace...

 

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