~ When I first visited Costa Rica nearly ten years ago I fell in love with the place. And while I could talk endlessly about the beaches, the jungle, the animals and everything else about the place that I love, what almost always stands out to me about the country are the plethora of Indie-restaurants and cafes that are all over the country.
It’s a special feeling knowing you’re sitting at the table in a restaurant where 100% of the proceeds go to the cook and server; since they are the owners! I love meeting the various owners of the restaurants, they are always so friendly, and more often than not the restaurants are their houses; they live in the back and run the restaurant that is along side the road.
However, during my last couple trips to Costa Rica I started noticing U.S. fast food chains littering the country. They had literally sprung up out of nowhere; Wendy’s, McDonalds, Taco Bell and more. It seemed a damn shame that I could no longer leave the United States without it following me to Costa Rica.
Well apparently some of these fast food chains are losing business and closing down. Of course, just as they have been trained to think by the media; locals believe its sad that they are closing down because the country is losing jobs.
Isn’t that always how economic life is; a love-hate relationship between ugly companies like McDonalds and the reality that if they all closed down a lot of people would be out of work?
But I guess I’m wondering; can’t all those people who are out of a job at Wendy’s start up their own little Soda (what the Costa Rican’s call a cafe) along side the road? I mean, it sure seemed to work ten years ago.