For the next three weeks, I´ll be studying Spanish in Costa Rica. I hope to update the blog a couple times a week.
One question I have about the country is about its lack of military. If you´re researching travel in Costa Rica on the net, you´ll find sources that happily attribute the country´s relative peace and prosperity (relative to its Central American neighbors) to its decision to disband its army around 1948. Money not spent on national defense is spent on education and healthcare, leading to a higher standard of living, goes the story.
It sounds great, but there´s got to be more to it. At least, that´s what I´m thinking; I´d like to find out while I´m here. Is Costa Rica a bit like Japan or Switzerland?