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The great adventure of raising a family in another country | Black Writers Week

Each rose also has its thorns. The cost of certain groceries is very high. Administratively, it can be very difficult to deal with business, traveling within the county can take a VERY long time, and there is nothing like being on a Zoom job when there is a power outage. However, the trade-offs are invaluable. Beach trips in the morning before school, turning to our seven-year-old son to translate for us, being one of the only American families to a kids soccer game, enjoying fresh fruit and embracing the Pura Vida lifestyle has been a welcome transition .

In two years, I was robbed twice in Baltimore City. I was constantly dealing with stress, making poor eating choices, and I was not always present at home. Here I have been able to cut a lot of distractions away. I am laser focused when I work, but when the work is over, I enjoy time with family and friends. I’m not caught up in the news cycle; I’m not that much on social media. I missed 98% of professional sports and college sports, but I’m good at it. I’m here.

The other shoe to drop is that I generally do not encounter discrimination or racism in my daily interactions. It’s a very liberating feeling. I am not part of the majority culture, but I feel that I am valued not only by my cultural community, but by all the people in this amazing place. Most ex-pats I relate to see me as me. Of course, there have been times when tourists brought negative energy and some ex-pats keep it going, but here I made a choice to surround myself and our family with mutually positive energy.

We have recently committed to stay another year in Costa Rica. My spouse and I both work remotely combined with real estate investments, once or twice a quarter we both have to travel back to the US, but other than that we are here or traveling somewhere in Central America. We have recently started discussing East Africa again so that children can learn French and be in a place where they are the majority. So far, we are uncertain. Stick around.

André Hammel is the founder of www.Biadvo.com He lives in Matapalo Costa Rica with his wife and four children.

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