According to this article Costa Rica is home to the world’s happiest people.  We were not entirely surprised to read that.  Throughout our travels in Central and South America and within US cities one thing is always apparent- lots of Latin Americans want to move to North America to work.  So, when we arrived to Puerto Viejo we noticed immediately that people are not interested in what’s happening north of the border.  The gardners and cleaning ladies don’t care how much you earn working where we come from.  They don’t even know who George Bush is.  Come to think of it, we have never met a Tico when working in American kitchens.  But then again the author of that article clearly just got back from a tropical vacation and is enjoying a heavy dose of jungle fever.