Next we cut out the spaces for the windows and doors for our container house. Then we painted the interior and installed 4×4 metal framing for the doors and windows. At this point the container is starting to feel like a house.
Here we used 2×6 metal steel beams for the floor joists, teak trees for the vertical posts, Bamboo rafters, and metal roofing. We are installing one of the most durable hardwoods in Costa Rica for the decking. We installed the deck first so we had a good level work space to work on for the next stages.
We have started the foundation. Dug out the four corners and installed 1m X 1m concrete footings with rebar framing. The containers are designed to carry all of their vertical load at the corners which makes them able to be stacked up to 9 containers high. We plan to dig out the material under the container just enough to deter bugs and let air pass through to help with temperature and moisture.
It’s on!! After an excruciatingly long lull in our progress we have finally learned what patience is! Nearly two months after purchasing our shipping container it is finally being delivered to our lot. But not without some creative Costa Rican planning. Check out the 20 ft truck with the 40 ft shipping container hanging off it–and a little help from a backhoe.
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As I settle into the pace of the jungle, I’d like to share with you some things that keep me grounded, sane and centered my when I’m on the road. There are many. These stand out right now. Here’s 3 quick tips and pointers for you to try on for size. Maybe they will help you too!
1. No coffee. I know I know. That’s such a yoga teacher thing to say. I’m not saying don’t ever drink coffee. I love coffee. But, I notice a drastic difference when I stay away from it while on the road. Especially when shifting timezones. Your greatest asset is healthy, regulated and steady energy when your surroundings are in fluctuation. Caffeine provides a quick jolt of unnatural energy that can disrupt your nervous system in a big way–especially when traveling. Try it–let me know how it goes! For me, it’s a huge help.
2. Astragalus Tincture. A few herbalist friends turned me onto this amazing root recently and it has been a trusty ally for me ever since. I’m not an herbalist so I won’t claim to be qualified to “prescribe” any medicinal plants. So this is my disclaimer. Do your own research and make your own decision. As far as I know astragalus is pretty awesome all around. It is a tissue builder, nervous system toner and adrenal support. This is the one I’ve been using. I don’t leave home with out it! Astragalus Glycerite by Eclectic Institute. (If you’d like more referrals and info about herbalism please contact me directly and I can send you to a great herbalist friend of mine.)
3. Calming Tea. Oh how my life has changed for the better since I started drinking relaxing herbs. I truly can’t convey how much respect I have for plants that ground and center me. Truly a gift from the universe. I suggest definitely drinking some night time tea before bed (I usually do 2-3 tea bags) but I also find myself brewing a big batch and filling my water bottle with it so I can sip this calming nectar throughout the day. There’s lots of good ones on the market, I personally love Yogi Teas (Kava Stress Relief is great) and Traditional Medicinals (I love Nighty Night.)
I’m in love with the rainy season in Costa Rica.
There’s something notably graceful about the transitions here.
The cycles are smooth.
Nothing seems to grasp or linger excessively.
I wonder if it’s because, being so close to the equator, the day cycles are extremely steady.
The sun sets in nearly the same position each day.
Perhaps the land and it’s dwellers can keep a steadier rhythm.
It’s profoundly comforting.
Everything is so alive. The life and death cycles are almost indecipherable.
Everything is eating everything else.
Prana is taken in for prana.
Life force is absorbed and transformed instantly.
Everything thrives off of the transition of something that came before it.
It’s so simple.
It’s mind-blowingly complex.
The physical form transitions so quickly.
It is instantly needed to feed something else.
Maybe this is what balance looks like?
I hope my rhythm gets steadier.
I’m sure it will.
That seems to be the key.
Give them light.
The veil between the physical world and the unmanifest is thin.
It’s more so that these worlds stand impossibly close to one another.
Seemingly opposing realities, dance intimately.
The fertile land beckons the electric sky.
The lungs of the earth breathe me.
I am being breathed.
This is medicine.
This is my home.