Two thousand days of traveling the world, homeless and owning/carrying little! That translates into almost 5.5 years of homeless travel (which will come next week, on August 1). It is almost unimaginable. We have followed others who have purported to do the same thing as we do, but most of their odysseys ended after less than a year.
One reason we think that people don’t last very long in this lifestyle is that many of them plan to fund their travels by blogging. We have spoken to a few people who reported some success at that, but have talked to more than that who have found it far harder than they imagined. In any case, we are happy that we don’t make any money whatsoever on our blogging or social media, but only do it for fun. It is just our way of documenting our travels for friends, family, ourselves, and other interested parties.
The port of Puntarenas was an important one in the country’s production and export of coffee. In the 1840s, after a road was built from the coffee plantations to the port, coffee was hauled here by oxcart. But once a railroad was built to connect the Atlantic and Pacific, coffee went the other way, and was primarily exported to England, which had become a major coffee consumer.
Puntarenas has a lovely beach that stretches quite a distance. When we visited here three years ago, there were perhaps 100 kiosks along the beach hawking souvenirs, alcohol, ice cream, etc., with families all enjoying time in the sun. (You can search our site to read that particular blog.) Stunningly, the kiosks – and crowds – are all gone now. There are not many people, and the only place to buy anything is along the street that runs parallel to the ocean walking path, farther from the beach. Many of the former bars, restaurants, and convenience stores on the streets are closed, with a “Se Vende” (for sale) sign in the window. We suppose it was Covid that put the nail in the coffin, since it is the height of summer, and everything is just a little bit more bedraggled, a bit more degraded, than last time. It felt very weary here, compared to three years ago.
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