Amy and I took a fantabulous trip to Costa Rica where we made a point of not being connected to technology (other than Amy's incessantly wanting to know what time it was...because she lost her watch while surfing....and okay, I like to know what time it is, too - so we took turns wearing my watch and asking each other what time is was...). Here are a few excerpts from my journal:
....Sitting in the airport, making comparisons, per usual. Same backpack, in a capital city, on the verge of a new awakening - I can feel it. I crave the unknown. But I still like to have some semblance of control... as in I chose to go to Costa Rica, I packed my bags with my stuff, I, I, I, and somehow that sort of "unknowing" is preferred to the unknowns of career, future, relationships, etc? Weird. .....
On the road from Liberia to Tamarindo..... we shared a Cliff bar...(rationing for the week ahead in case we had to survive solely on meal bars), then Amy burst out the Sour Patch Kids and I devored approximately 20 after Successful Week One of abstaining from sugar. Crazy headache ensued for the next 12 hours.
Inside Jokes Amy and I Find Hilarious But Will Make Little Sense to the Rest of You:
A: "That's a chocolate lab. I mean a vanilla lab. I mean...."
E: "I'm thinking drunk driving would be best in terms of overall health." (on the decision of whether or not to drive from the B&B into town for our "night out" in Tamarindo, thus avoiding a potentially shady walk home)
That's what she said jokes...
E: "I kind of remember going down a gravel road." (Got massively lost on day 3 of driving the rental)
A: "Oh, did you?!" (aka the Human Compass)
POTHOLE!!! (they're everywhere).
"Ooh! Look! Is that a rice paddy??..... or just a flooded pasture?"
"What is it with all these animals?!?"
...And here I sit on the front porch of our little cabin (in Buena Vista). We are seriously IN the clouds. I wish a picture would capture it, but this is one of those moments where a photograph would ruin it. It is SO peaceful... I can't hear anyone else. Massages at 3pm and 4pm from Anna Rosa, the blind woman down the lane. I'm drinking my cup of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee in a Rey Cafe square mug, sitting on my cheap Imperial beach towel because the back of my legs are seriously purple from the sun and surfing....
E: "No really, I think it's clearing up."
E: "No, I see things I didn't see before."
(loud clap of thunder)
A: (look that says, "you are a complete idiot."
"Look! It's a volcano!!.... oh wait, it's a house up close."
"Look! It's a volcano!!...oh wait, it's a factory."
E: "Oh, I'm glad I'm from Texas and have been able to do things like ride horses without having to wear a bright blue helmet and look like a dummy."
A: "I'm going to my office."
....Breakfast: rice, beans, pineapple (best ever!), watermelon, coffee.....meal bar. Went on the super long, super fun waterslide four times with the help of Carlos "call me Tarzan." This place is incredible....
Then went on the aerial tour by ourselves. Sixteen hanging bridges high over the canopy. At the end of the trail, the lady asked what wildlife we'd seen.
E: "Wildlife? We were supposed to see wildlife?"
Lady: "Are you telling me you didn't see ANY monkey or birds?"
E: "Ummm.... I guess we should have kept all the screaming and the "OH MY GOSH WE'RE GOING TO DIE" to a minimum..."
A: "Ok well, we're not getting on the internet. That was the whole purpose of this trip. To disconnect from electricity."
....Later that day, we went on a tractor ride (yes, a tractor) down to the hot springs. Magnificent. Sat in the sauna for a miserable 5 minutes, put on volcanic mud, showered off, then skipped through 5 pools with varying temperatures of hot. Lots of people toward the end. Met some from Atlanta and Northern Virginia. The rest, we determined, were snobby Germans.....
A: "What is it with all these iguanas?" (said when encountering any reptile)
....Massive flock of every kind of bird known to man passed over the cabin in the middle of the night. It was dreadful. Also, woke up in a panic about the BBQ, work, babysitting Mary-Kate Olsen (what?!), and other dramatic things....
....CANOPY TOUR!! So fun. I went first and it was grand. Went on ten different ziplines, 1.5 of them flying upside down! Our guides made it even more fun....
...Today we drove back to Liberia, had lunch (ceviche), went to the grocery store like a couple of locals, then headed for a pleace where they recommended a 4x4 for very obvious reasons. The silver bullet prevailed, as did our nerves, and we arrived at La Carolina Lodge. TOTALLY off the beaten path. Met Jacqueline, Alejandro, and Yerlynn, wandered around the grounds, stable, spring-fed hot tub, massive porches, and HAMMOCKS where we spent most of the afternoon....
Later that night, we made a list of things we are good at that would somehow give us the ability to live in Costa Rica and be awesome 1/2 the year. Results were inconclusive.
A: "Don't feel bad there's nothing you could do...... Or you could do......."
E: "Or what? I could do administrative work?!?!"
A: "Or you could do expeditions, I was going to say."
A: "Are we there yet?!"
E: (in regards to the British couple) "They look so timid. I kind of want to go up to them and say, 'BOO!'"
IT'S STILL IN FIRST GEAR!!!!
E: "Oh look! There's one other car. That means he's mine." (I have no clue what this one means - Amy?)
....Remember when Emily said to pay at Buena Vista with cash, thus eliminating the cash supply for La Carolina, so we had to drive like a bat out of hell to Bijuanges or something to go to the bank? Then we found the bank next to the police station and the ATM came back with the blue screen of death and said "383," so Emily goes to tell the now 6 policemen gathered, waving her hands and saying, "no vale." Then one of them followed us in, saw the blue screen, and said, "your PIN." Oh. ......
A: "Callete! Estupido!"
A: "What is it with all these burned cows?"
A: (whenever we saw calves) "Heifers!!"
It was an amazing adventure, and I highly recommend a trip to northwest Costa Rica. Go here to see my spiffy photos. Go here to see Amy's!