Since moving here my husband and I have discovered the joys of living like the locals, called Ticos/Ticas. It is a much simpler lifestyle. We have come to realize that you don’t need lots of ‘stuff’ to be happy. We have a small house, about 613 sq. ft. (57 sq mts.) and love it. It is only the two of us, plus our two cats, so we don’t need a lot of room. We have very little furniture, but we have what we need. We could use a little more though for storage. We are still in the process of getting a few more things that we do need. A stove being one of them. We have been cooking off a two burner gas hot plate for about a year now, and did you know you can actually bake a cake in a slow cooker/crock pot? We haven’t had a TV in almost a year and we don’t even miss it. I have a local style washing machine which is only semi-automatic. Meaning that I have to turn the water off and on to fill it up. But it does have an extractor on it that helps to dry the clothes, so when you hang them out to dry they don’t take that long. I do not own a cloths dryer. Since switching to this lifestyle my husbands health has greatly improved. He is no longer on any blood pressure medication and his pressure is now better than mine. We walk to town, we don’t own a car. Most people in the area I live in have small motorcycles, about a 125cc. Nothing fancy, just a means of transportation that works. We are thinking of getting a scooter. Submitting to this lifestyle definitely takes a commitment and some getting used to, but once you get it…you will love it. You don’t need stuff to be happy. The more stuff you have the more problems and worries you have. We got rid of the stuff so we got rid of most of our problems and worries. It’s amazing to sit back and relax and not to have to worry about stuff. I don’t have a lot of house to clean and take care of, so that leaves me more time to do things with my husband. I can actually enjoy life now, like the Ticos always have.