The Great Adventure of Raising a Family in Another Country | Black Writers Week

Every rose has its thorns as nicely. The value of sure groceries could be very excessive. Administratively, dealing with enterprise might be very troublesome, touring throughout the county can take a VERY very long time, and there may be nothing like being on a Zoom work name when there is a energy outage. However, the tradeoffs are invaluable. Morning seashore walks earlier than faculty, turning to our seven-year-old son to translate for us, being one of many solely American households at a youngsters’s fútbol match, having fun with contemporary fruits, and embracing the Pura Vida way of life has been a welcomed transition. 

In the course of two years, I used to be robbed twice in Baltimore City. I used to be consistently coping with stress, making poor consuming decisions, and I used to be not all the time current at residence. Here, I’ve been in a position to reduce out a variety of distractions. I’m laser-focused after I work, however when work is over I take pleasure in time with household and associates. I’m not caught up within the information cycle; I’m not on social media as a lot. I missed 98% {of professional} and school sports activities, however I’m good with that. I’m current right here.

The different shoe to drop is that I don’t typically encounter discrimination or racism in my day by day interactions. It’s a really releasing feeling. I’m not a part of the bulk tradition however I really feel like I’m valued not simply by my cultural group however by all folks on this wonderful place. Most ex-pats I’ve relationships with, see me as me. Of course, there have been occasions when vacationers introduced detrimental vitality and a few ex-pats maintain it going however right here I made a option to encompass myself and our household with reciprocal constructive vitality. 

We lately dedicated to staying one other 12 months in Costa Rica. My partner and I each work remotely coupled with actual property investments, as soon as to twice 1 / 4 we each need to journey again to the US, however past that, we’re right here or touring someplace in Central America. We have lately began discussing East Africa once more, so the youngsters can be taught French and be in a spot the place they’re the bulk. For now, we’re uncertain. Stay tuned.

André Hammel is the founding father of He lives in Matapalo Costa Rica together with his spouse and 4 youngsters.



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