The Costa Rica I love Part 1
My name is Oriana, I manage Rio Chirripo, yoga Retreat, I’m starting this blog as a way to give potential visitors to Rio Chirripo Retreat an idea of what it is like to be here, who we are and what you can expect when you decide to visit us.
I’m going to briefly introduce myself. I’m a Tica (the name we give to a female costarrican). I was born in a small village named Canaan, to be more precise; it is the place where this retreat is located, and the place where I’m writing this blog from. I graduated as an English teacher but for a twist of fate I ended up managing this place. As is normal with humans I never appreciated the gift of having been born in this country (ask a fish “how’s the water” and he may reply “what’s water?”).
Anyhow, to make a long story short, the reason I’m writing this blog is to share my concerns for the direction my country is taking. Part of the disappearing landscape here includes some of our social institutions being privatized, sold to foreign companies who don’t have the same motives for running these companies as we had with public ownership. It seems like we are going back to the old barons making the small people work for their only benefits and in that way creating a big gap in society.
We shouldn’t be in such a hurry to adopt the economic model of the United States. Instead we should carefully observe how those policies have played out for the average U.S. citizen. With the underlying motive of almost all U.S. institutions being profit and profit only, the U.S. has become a nation of the ultra wealthy and the working poor. For many Americans the benefits Costa Ricans have become used to don’t exist, there is no safety net, no worker’s rights, no affordable healthcare.
This bleak path seems to be inevitable, but not all is lost…There is still hope…