There’s a reason that the Tico slang term for handcuffs is esposas (wives). Sometimes the bond between man and wife can literally not be broken here! In Costa Rica, Catholicism is the official religion, by law. So if a priest marries you, it is with governmental authority. Want a divorce? You’ve got to go back to the priest… and the Catholics don’t do divorce. My neighbor Steven married young in a lovely church ceremony, but the relationship didn’t last. He soon met Marta, his current wife, ┬ábut they weren’t allowed to marry until his first wife passed away. In 2007, when both lovebirds were in their 60s, they tied the knot — in front of their two grown children, both in their 40s, and two granddaughters.

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  1. Hi, just found your site through Aussie Nomad.

    Wow, that’s one of those stories that will stick in your head for a long time to come. It’s so beautifully bitter sweet. I guess that’s one of those cases of “all the ends well…”

    We’re hoping to continue our travels up north from Colombia in April and our main stops will be Costa Rica, so I’ll be reading up on your stories about life there!


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