This cartoon ran in The Costa Rica Star on May 18, 2018.
A recent study compared the cost of living in Costa Rica with the cost of living in the United States, and to the surprise of no one, Costa Rica is cheaper. But, the survey was misleading with just how much cheaper it is to live in Costa Rica.
For many of the comparisons, the location in the United States used was New York City. Of course, Costa Rica is going to be cheaper than New York City. Fredericksburg, Virginia is cheaper than New York City and I can’t find anyone living here who believes it’s cheap to live in Fredericksburg (it’s not). But, if you move to Costa Rica from someplace in middle America thinking it’s going to be super-duper cheaper in Costa Rica, you’re in for a lot of surprises.
Yes, your rent will be a lot lower, but there will be a lot of things you can’t afford, like that big flat-screen television or even a decent automobile.
Some people ask me, “why don’t you move to Costa Rica?” They point out the fact that I can work anywhere. There’s sun, beaches, women in bikinis, and it’s cheaper. Yeah, but I don’t want to. I figure it’s best to cover the United States from within the United States. I feel like I’m defending the country. Quite frankly, if I go to another nation to fight for the U.S., it would make me a bit of a hypocrite. On top of all that, it’s a change in culture I don’t think I want. I don’t like really big bugs. I looked into it, and Costa Rican food doesn’t entice me (it’s nothing like Mexican food). I had Costa Rican coffee recently, and I didn’t like it. Yes, the coffee is that important to me.
Funny thing, after Trump won, I was presented with offers by friends to move to France and Canada. I’m sure they were at least half-joking, and I know I couldn’t afford either. But still, the fight is here.
I’m sure Costa Rica is a great place and I look forward to visiting someday. But, I’m a Yankee and this Yankee is staying home.
Watch me draw.
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