If we’re connected on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you already know that Christian and I spent two weeks over Thanksgiving visiting Costa Rica. It was an interesting trip, to say the least, but definitely one that was worthwhile.
This was my first time visiting another country, other than Canada, and I really had no idea what to expect. I knew going in that travel would be hard because of my allergies, that communication would be tough because hablo muy poco espanol (even after visiting, I still had to Google it to make sure I was right. I was) and that there was going to be a lot of wildlife. I mean, after all Costa Rica makes up about 1% of the world and yet it has 5% of it’s wild life.
I’m not going to lie. I was really excited to go to Costa Rica, but after I arrived I wasn’t very happy about being there. It really challenged wow I see myself as a person, or who I use to be as compared to who I’ve become. But now that I’m home, it’s a little easier to reflect on.
Instead of writing twenty paragraphs about my trip, I thought I’d put things into lists for you.
Where we visited:
Red Frog Coffee
Arenal Volcano National Park
Carara National Park
Manual Antionio National Park
Favorite parts of Costa Rica
Animals! Monkeys, SLOTHS, Coatis and super friendly Racoons.
Roy from Red Frog Coffee who gave us tips, chatted with us and made us feel welcome. He also makes kick ass coffee.
The little girl at our hotel in La Fortuna who didn’t speak English but insisted that she could teach me spanish. Now I know how to say Pato en el agua (duck in the water) and Frioleen (snow man). She quizzed me on my animals, numbers and colors!
Alex and Barb, the couple who owned the bungalow we stayed in outside of Montezuma. Both very friendly and sweet!
Raquel, one of the hosts at our hotel in Jaco who gave us great traveling advice, tips on where to go and helped me find sea salt at a grocery store!
The Weather. Even Christian was starting to enjoy the humidity. It was 80-90 every day and between 60-70 at night. Even when it was raining, it was beautiful.
Playa Hermosa. It’s a surfers beach just south of Jaco but it’s beautiful and quiet. The first day we went there we had the entire beach to ourselves. The second and third day we had to share with a few people, but we didn’t mind. I’m not a big ocean swimmer, so it was perfect to lay on my beach towel and read!
SLOTHS!! I know, they’re also under number one. But one of my all time goals is to hold a baby sloth and while I didn’t get to do that, I did get to see a baby and watch a momma sloth do her thing. It was awesome (pictures below)!
Dogs everywhere. On the beach, on the streets, in restaurants. <3 it!
Least Favorite Parts of Costa Rica:
When customs took my food
The grocery stores are tiny and don’t have much for someone with a lot of allergies. I spent 12 days eating rice, black beans, olive oil, zucchini, yellow potatoes and carrots. At every single meal. I did however lose 6 lbs.
Wasps in the bed, numerous times.
Sleeping in a tiny SUV in the rainforest with the windows up because of the wasps in the bed (Okay.. at least it’s a good story).
Falling and breaking my landscape lens on the second day. Yea. That happens. Goodbye beautiful photos, hello cell phone photos.
Unexpectant river crossings
Driving. Holy crap, everyone is so nice until they get behind a wheel, then it’s your life or theirs.
Being away from Savannah dog. I missed her so much every day and when we got back, it broke both of our hearts. She was so unsure of her place in our pack and she just slinked around, watching us for almost a week.