Alfresco Living

Simple Definition of alfresco
·     : in the open air
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

And that is how I live in Costa Rica – in the open air all of the time! 

The terrace is my favorite room, totally outside with roof, so good in rain!

Living Room Dining Room is always open air during the day.
The sliding glass doors stay open all day when at home. I close at night. 

Inside all windows stay open all the time day and night, They have screens.
Every room in the house is like living outside.
And my “front door” or really garden door stays open during the day.
There is no screen on it. The sliding doors have sliding screens, seldom used
except at night, after dark to before bed when I lock both outside doors. 

Yes, I get lots of bugs! You learn to live with them if you like alfresco living! I’ve had three birds inside the house and they eventually fly out. No other animals yet and I will not worry about snakes. Neighbor dogs are a bigger nuisance! And I have had two of those come in my house.

I sleep at night with two windows open in my bedroom with screens. I have ceiling fans, but do not need at night. They feel good in warm afternoons but not needed when raining. In Fahrenheit it is in the 60’s every night year around and in 70’s and low 80’s in the daytime year around, one reason I chose Central Valley over the coasts. It is always hot and humid on both coasts! We never need air conditioning which I do not have, but on the coast you really need it! The apartments I was in for 4 months had a/c but really not needed. Most houses here do not have air conditioning. ¡Mejor Clima del Mundo! The best weather in the world, the PR slogan for Atenas. A perfect place for alfresco living!

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” –Henry David Thoreau