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Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week Paperback – 3 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Nadine Hays Pisani is the host of the popular blog www.happierthanabillioanire.com. She lives in Costa Rica with her husband and the occasional iguana that sneaks into the house. She enjoys traveling, writing, and prefers to have a commute that ends with sipping a pina colada on a tropical beach.
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In a nutshell, Nadine describes step by step how her mood, state of mind, and lifestyle changed, from being stressed all time the time to a more relaxed and healthy living. Since I had live in the U.S. and traveled and lived also in several Latin American countries I can tell you that many of the experiences Nadine described could have taking place at several other Latin American countries located in the tropical zone. This is not surprising, as many of these countries ranked high in the most recent Happy Planet Index (which also measures the ecological footprint per capita) published by the New Economics Foundation. Proof of Nadine's reliable account, not surprisingly Costa Rica was rated first in the 2009 ranking, followed by nine other Latin American countries in the top of the ranking (with only Vietnam in between them in the 5th place), while the U.S, was ranked 114!
And to be fair, the book also presents the weaknesses and limitations of living in a developing country, such as excess bureaucracy, police corruption, too much informality, lots of promises not fulfilled, potholes everywhere, etc. But the bottom line is that Nadine's book was able to capture the essence of the expression "Pura vida" (used by Costa Ricans ad nauseam, and meaning, OK, cool, you name it, but reflecting the prevailing good spirit).Read more ›
Nadine's chatty writing style makes you feel like she is talking directly to you, which is absolutely endearing. Her honesty and humour have had me laughing out embarrassingly loud on the London Underground winning me many looks of disapproval from grumpy fellow commuters. Nadine's tales of adapting to life at a different pace are hugely entertaining but also feel like a friend giving me great advice as I attempt the same transition.
Although, I must say, even if I wasn't about to follow in Nadine's footsteps I would still really enjoy these books. The stories about Nadine's adventurous, laid back but haphazard husband, Rob are hilarious enough to warrant a book by themselves! The "mace in the eye/weaponry" story is comic genius.
Going to download the third in the series right now.
I'm now half way through the sequel, and delighted to find another is on the way soon which I will be snapping up.
Counting the days until our Costa Rican honeymoon in 2015, and these books are the very best way to pass the time until then!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I assumed this was a professional publication - unfortunately, it's poor quality in both production and quality of writing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elston Gunn
Nadine is disarmingly honest about throwing it all in and moving to Costa Rica with her husband Rob. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rob Brook
Amusing and well written account of an American couples adventures moving to Costa Rica, actually looks like a nice thing to do,Published on 12 Mar. 2015 by ian
The first thing to say is that this book was written by an American lady and presumably for an American audience. Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
Gave a real flavour of the country. Read it on the plane over and was so glad I did!!! Perfect for all those visiting this amazing placePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by Maria Buchanan