I'm finally done with work and am checked out of my classroom. We're checked out of our apartment. We've gotten rid of a lot of things and stored the rest. Our financial and legal affairs are mostly in order. And our bags are packed. We leave for the airport in less than four hours for an overnight flight to Toronto and then from there to Liberia, Costa Rica.
For many months, we were planning to move to Nicaragua. Without employment, we need to reduce our expenses, and Nicaragua would offer a much lower cost of living while offering the same safety statistics as Costa Rica. The country seems beautiful and the people authentic, the its history is fascinating, and the fact that it is off the beaten track seemed appealing to me. Unfortunately, in about April, the political situation blew up and has only gotten worse.
We had one-way award tickets with United that we were able to purchase for $45 in total, and the prospect of changing them seemed cost prohibitive, at least $1000. As the situation in Nicaragua has developed, we became convinced that we should go somewhere else. About three weeks ago, we called United and changed our tickets to Liberia, right where we wanted to go, for $60 more in taxes and fees for all four tickets. Long story short, God is good.
Thankfully, since we didn't have any concrete plans worked out in Nicaragua, the change didn't greatly change anything, but it was disappointing since we had invested so much time researching Nicaragua. We're arriving in Liberia at about noon tomorrow. We'll then rent a car for seven days and drive to Playa Guiones where some friends are letting us stay in their vacation rental for a week. We have no idea where we will end up, but I know that God is sending his angel ahead of us to prepare a place for us (Exodus 23:20).
We'll keep you posted!