Seven years ago, I retired (sort of) early and escaped from the pressures of consumer madness in the States to adopt a more sane lifestyle in Costa Rica. Researching, investing and writing anthropological, health and environmental articles for magazines and blogs occupy much of my time. Enjoying my life occupies the rest of it. On the side, I buy placer gold from locals that I melt down into dore bars and sell in Costa Rica via my website www.realcosta.com/gold and also to refineries in the U.S. However, I always maintain an amount sufficient to get me through two year's worth of any hard times.