Thanksgiving is really thankful in land of pura vida

Today is Thanksgiving, and expats here have special reasons to be grateful. Here are some to consider on this day:

• Hurricanes do not make landfall in Costa Rica

• No shoveling the driveway or scraping ice off the windshield.

• Fresh fruit and vegetables are around all year long.

• Medical services are reasonable.

• We do not get upset when the fast food clerk speaks Spanish.

• Public transport is cheap and all over.

• Iced guaro is as good as Stolichnaya.

• Talk about good coffee!

• There always is a beach nearby.

• How about a pair of hand-made boots?

• Ropa Americana.

• Symphony seats in the Teatro Nacional butaca for a few dollars.

• $2.50-an-hour maid service.

• A garden full of fresh flowers.

• Easy air access to the Great White North.

• Did someone say shrimp?

• Whales and dolphin and other creatures.

• Even in the rainy season the mornings are sunny.

• Umbrellas are cheap from the vendors downtown.

• Where else do you get gallo pinto or chicharones and that fried yucca a la Tico?

• Those beautiful volcanos and rainforests along with thousands of birds?

• Sarchi hardwood furniture.

• Legal gambling.

• La Pops ice cream.

• $200-a-year optional car insurance.

• And most of all the generally

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