House Sit No.3 – Atenas, Costa Rica

This is our third house sit since leaving the UK, having had a great experience in Laguna Beach and then a not so great experience in Roatan, Honduras we were dubious about taking on anymore sits so soon after. However knowing that Costa Rica is very expensive (prices are pretty much the same as Britain with some things even topping what we pay at home) we thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some time getting to know the country without breaking the bank.

So we found an advert which turned out to be perfect for us. Three weeks of looking after a dog named Sierra, two guinea fowls called Berta and Steve and a horse named Dash. The house is beautiful, painted in bright colours inside and white on the outside, it has lots of land and a swimming pool! At a time when hot water is a luxury for us, this is far more than we could have ever expected. And we even have high-speed net, yippee! So the last week has been spent catching up, researching new projects and communicating with friends and contacts.

We were also lucky to make a good friend when we arrived. Taking over from another house sitter can be worrying, as we found out last time, they may well leave the place in a mess, so we were expecting the worst. Instead we made a great new friend who I’m sure we’ll stay in touch with and reach out to in the future when we’re headed the same direction. After six months of traveling you can’t beat finding someone who can provide you with that typical English banter :)

Sunrise is absolutely stunning and with blue skies and sunshine every morning it’s perfect for a spot of sunbathing before the rain comes in. About 3pm every after the clouds start to descend and the most almighty thunder storms arrive. With more lightning and thunder happening in one afternoon than I’ve ever experienced in Britain, it’s pretty exciting. Good for the heart rate when another crash bursts and frightens the life out of you! Talking of being frightened, there’s plenty of creatures to get you going too, from scorpions to tarantulas, you’ve gotta keep your nerve!

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4 Responses to House Sit No.3 – Atenas, Costa Rica

  1. amyblyth 10 July, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    This looks amazing; we really want to try house sitting when we get back to Europe next summer to save on travel costs – what site do you use to find house sits and is it easy to get them?

    • Beth | Enjoy The Journey 10 July, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Hey, House sitting is a great way to travel and you get to meet people and visit areas off the beaten track. We’re currently in Abu Dhabi house sitting, which has been great (although it’s baking hot :-s). ‘Google’ house sitting and several decent site’s will show up that we have used. Some have a small sign up fee, which is worth it if you get a house sit out of it! Good luck! :-D

  2. GQ 8 May, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try house sitting but it always looks like you’re pet sitting instead. And I’m not good with animals. LOL. Definitely not tarantulas! Haha. Looks like fun though. Maybe one day I’ll brave it and give it a go. Great photos btw.

    • Beth @ Enjoy The Journey 8 May, 2012 at 7:25 am #

      Hey GQ, we have done one house sit without any animals. Most of them do want you to look after a cat or dog, but you should check out the websites (google house sitting) as you can set your preference to no animals and get daily email alerts for the ones that suit you. It’s a great way to travel on a budget, although we like to mix it up with staying in hostels so we get to meet new people and seek travel tips, etc.
      P.S. I love the name GQ tripping, I saw your business cards too, a great idea!

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