There’s something about old-fashioned way of life that I harbor very close to my heart. May be through such things, I re-live the childhood days that were so easy-going, before the world turned to grow so complex at such a fast pace. Vacationing in Costa Rica, I felt a connection with the simple lifestyle around, probably taking me to those days back in time when I was little, and when life was laid back, carefree and sane.
This family owned snack shop near Arenal, Costa Rica reminded me of small Indian bakeries or petty shops, though a better version, to which I would run when I needed a snack or two.
With these located near residences, there’s no need for driving around town to get a quick bite for unannounced visitors.
Talking about driving, one look at the traffic system in the Costa Rican towns, I would rather do my errands walking. I sense something crazy about the word ‘Hanging’ here. For, I have heard and seen ‘Hanging Bridges’ of Costa Rica in the forests, but wasn’t prepared for the sight of traffic lights hanging off cables on the streets. Though, I love old-fashioned lifestyle but dangling traffic lights are something I never grew up with, nor do I wish for. Guess, the theme of ‘Hanging’ is carried too far in Costa Rica!
If I lived around here, and someone asked me for a local address, the landmark for my so-called map would be, ‘The corner red building’. I am not aware if it is a house or an office? Whatever it is, something about its colors, the style and its location – off the corner of a slant street, caught my interest. This definitely would make a good landmark for someone trying to find their way around town.
Another local landmark would be if you ask me around this area, would be this humble church. Wonder how this quiet looking neighborhood would be on any given Sunday or on Christmas Eve?
How would life be for me and my family if we had to live in this green country setting with the snack shop close by, the red building downtown minus the hanging traffic lights? Would we gripe over the lack of high end technology or learn to enjoy life without it after years of being spoiled by it?…..I don’t really know!!!