For about the last year, my wife, Emily, and I have been talking about going on some kind of international adventure.
For about the last year, my wife, Emily, and I have been talking about going on some kind of international adventure. We're in a unique position to do this -- Emily works remotely so all she needs is an internet connection to work and I can continue to do some music work wherever I am, even if it's mostly just woodshedding. Furthermore, our parents are healthy, we don't have kids, and our dogs are pretty good travelers.
Right before we got married in January of this year, we decided that we would make the plunge on this adventuring dream and move to Costa Rica for a year. This place is appealing for several reasons. First, we can drive there (relocating dogs is expensive otherwise). Second, we have connections there through friends -- my buddy Danny Chaves, of the Mad Cow String Band, is half Costa Rican and our friend Roxana lived there for a few years while in the Peace Corps. Third, it's stable. Fourth, it's pretty friendly to U.S. travelers. Finally, it's a gorgeous country and everybody we've talked to who has been there says it's amazing.
So, we are off. The house is rented, we're putting a bunch of stuff in storage, and we're loading the dogs and the essentials into our Subaru Forester (AWD is a must down there) and crossing the border on August 1, 2015.
Naturally, this means I won't be available for gigs in the U.S. for the next 12 or so months, unless they pay *extremely* well. We'll miss Austin and our friends for sure (though many are planning to visit), but we know that this will be an amazing experience for us to share.
We've started a blog for this journey over at destinopuravida.wordpress.com.