Those who live here are not guests but residents

Mr. Jere Land told most expats to just suck it up and not complain about life here in Costa Rica.  He said, “Otherwise keep quiet and thank your blessings you are allowed to live here and remember always you are guest of the Costa Rican people.” He is actually the one that needs to not complain about residents complaining here, as he is the one that is a guest, not we residents.

The definition of a guest does not apply to most expat residence that are living here in Costa Rica.  I am not a “guest”!

1. One who is a recipient of hospitality at the home or table of another.

2. One to whom entertainment or hospitality has been extended by another in the role of host or hostess, as at a party.

3. One who pays for meals or accommodations at a restaurant, hotel, or other establishment; a patron.

4. A distinguished visitor to whom the hospitality of an institution, city, or government is extended.

I and others don’t fit into any of these categories.  I have been a resident of Costa Rica for 23 years.  I pay taxes and also work here.  I don’t receive any hospitality from the government.  I pay for everything, including my health insurance and property taxes.

It is healthy to have discussions on likes and dislikes of where one lives.  I am not trying to change Costa Rica to be like the United States,  I just like to discuss the differences.  It seems the majority of the people who want to become more like the United States are Ticos.   It is obvious as you see the changes here in the past 20 years.  A few examples are the huge increase in fast food chains, obesity running rampant, more Ticos going deeper in debt, more traffic congestion, more plastic garbage produced etc…

I am glad A.M. Costa Rica doesn’t keep quiet about the negative things going on here also.  We expats are just using one of our many rights here in Costa Rica.  It is called freedom of speech, which is basically allowed here in Costa Rica and the U.S.

Henry Kantrowitz
Punta Leona
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