It's harder than heck to meet someone willing to leave pretty much everything behind and relocate to a third-world country to create a life together in some remote, lush, coastal/jungle paradise. Somehow in this whole, big pond, Dave and I found each other. We were both awed at having actually met someone who is so on the same page. (I was considering Nayarit. He was looking at Dominical.) While we were both open to a relationship, we also wanted to take the getting to know each other stage slowly. We wanted to be sure there was more than mere attraction between us. It's been three years now. There is.
Our first date? I flew out from Texas to meet him in Florida. From there we spent a week near Dominical, Costa Rica - rented surf boards, rode horses in the primary rain forest where we saw wild toucans, white-faced monkeys, a sloth, etc. We visited a beautiful waterfall, played at a secluded beach cove with amazing caves, made local friends, ate at roadside stands and in funky, open-air restaurants (no walls or glass windows) .. and enjoyed late-night conversations getting to know each other. Then back to Florida, laughing and exhausted.
I love that he likes to talk about life and his take on the world situation. I love that he has a plan and that his meshes with mine. I love his eyes and his voice and and his smile and his easy way of looking at what's around him and making the best of it all. He has everything any man might feel arrogant about but arrogance isn't his style. Arrogance isn't 'cool' ..and if one word could describe Dave, it would be 'COOL'.. in that casually sexy, laid back, vintage surfer-dude sense of the word .. mmmmm .. !
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Why leave the USA for life on the coastal jungle beaches of a third-world country? .. I long for a slower pace, a calmer, less consumerism-oriented, more sustainable, green lifestyle .. a place where people care about their neighbors and know everyone in the village .. a quiet place to read and write and walk and draw, to sew and plant things, dance with my veil in the sun and play in the warm ocean, a place to just see and be. Someplace the average American hasn't spoiled yet with Walmart and Starbucks (admitting, though .. I do like those caramel macchiato lattes.)
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I'd also like to meet:
-- The first bushman to evolve in the Kalahari from the primitive man before him. We'd do lunch and: "I'll have what he's having."
-- Stephen Hawking. Charlie Rose. (Might want more than just lunch, though ..mmmMMMmmmm.. I do so adore dem smart mens! Plus, I'd like to pick Hawking's brain on a couple of points!)
-- Dean Martin. Playboy magazine called him 'The Coolest Man Who Ever Lived'. Oh, yeah...
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