Adam’s Song: Potrero Family

Greetings to travelers from afar and readers from all walks of life.  It is great to be alive today, and I am thankful for the chance to share myself with you all.  My life lately rocked with the tumults of life, but I find the smoke of confusion past and the ground once again stable.

A sparkling facet of our quiet beach town Potrero that brings a big smile to face is that, no matter where I am or who I am talking with, I am surrounded by family.  The people of this town are so graciously and generously open.  Walking down the street I have conversations with locals and tourists alike, many that I have never met and know nothing about.  Many conversations today happen where talking occurs, but nothing is actually said.  I am pleasantly surprised that my interactions are all genuine, that we all care and want to share life.  People possess a potent zest and enthusiasm for living that is extremely contagious!

Living in a small place for a long time, you become acquainted with everyone.  Our lives all take us on different walks and different places, and its great when they meet up again.  A chance meeting is a joy, reunited with a friend against all odds.  We part ways in happiness, and smile at the ways of the universe.  Maybe it comes from a greater awareness of the gift of the present, an anchor in the now, or huge hearts full of energy that aches to be shared.  A stranger will stop and help you fix your car, buy you a drink, break bread and share water.  It is a constant communion and celebration of life, and joy in its unexpected delights.

It is a town full of brothers and sisters, of fathers and mothers.  There is no discrimination among residents, visitors, locals, or tourists.  Everyone that shares this place, regardless of how long, is family.

Adam Lanka is a freelance writer living in Potrero, Costa Rica. He volunteers his time to write for Abriendo Mentes. Contact Adam at or follow his blogThe Wanderlust.

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