Adventure

First Day in Costa Rica

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 4 comments

In the last post I said Costa Rica was decked out for the holidays. Here are a few photos to illustrate.

Decked out for the Holidays

Decked out for the Holidays

Decked out for the Holidays

Decked out for the Holidays

Christmas Trees for Sale--at the best prices

Christmas Trees for Sale–at the best prices

Here is the back garden from my first hotel as well as breakfast fruit. It’s funny how I didn’t care for ripe papaya at all when I lived in Thailand. Actually I had a strong aversion to it. In the past few years I have eaten dried papaya with no sugar and liked it When I got this plate of fresh fruit my first morning, I devoured the papaya. My body loves it! And those bananas remind me of fresh bananas in Thailand–so much better than the ones that arrive green in Vermont.

hotel garden and breakfast fruit

hotel garden and breakfast fruit

Here are a few scenes from around the town of Alejuela outside of San José.

Las Frutas

Las Frutas

Doorway con cebollas y bananos

Doorway con cebollas y bananos

This colorful street mural looks like it might be of the Costa Rican national bird, the yigüirro (ji-gwe-ro). You may be surprised as I was that this clay-colored bird is the national bird when there are so many exotic ones to choose from. The song is quite melodic and it is said to announce the rains are coming–though I have heard and seen it quite a bit and the dry season is starting!

Tico (Costa Rican) Mural

Tico (Costa Rican) Mural with the national bird the yigürro

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False Start and a Tica Welcome

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

At the airport just as it was time to board they announced that Newark had delayed the landing of my flight several hours because the ceiling was too low for so many planes. The delay meant I would miss my connection to Costa Rica.This is one choice that seemed easy–to spend the night at home rather than in the Newark airport! I admit after all the weather stories of delays due to the rain Newark where there was flooding, I researched flights a few days later, but given the timing and all the snow predicted for Vermont, I decided to hope for the best and fly into Newark the next morning. That would give me all day to get there to catch my evening Costa Rica connection.

Take Off

Take Off

I’d never been so happy to land in the Newark airport! I found a meditation room for quiet reflection before my evening flight.

Rainy Newark

Rainy Newark

Costa Rica here I come! Finally on board and with a whole row to myself. I wasn’t the only one who wanted to rest. When you have to sleep, you have to sleep, even if it means assuming pretzel shape or being ‘pretzeled’ by your sister;-)

Airplane Pretzel Snooze

Airplane Pretzel Snooze

It had been a while since I’d flown a big airline. I felt like I was in a spaceship with all the screens.

New Age Flight

New Age Flight

It was gorgeous out the window. Here you can see the United design on the wing and the lights of Newark below.

City Lights

City Lights

And later the full moon and the Florida Panhandle?! I hadn’t paid for screen time, so I wasn’t positive, but it seemed about time to fly over Florida.

Full Moon over the Florida Panhandle

Full Moon over the Florida Panhandle

A ‘tica’ welcome to Costa Rica at the airport! They are all decked out for Christmas. More on that in the next post.

Welcome to Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica

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How Many Pairs of Underwear Do You Need?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

The car is in storage for the winter, bills on automatic pay as much as possible and I’ve taken that last trip to town for that final item. Or have I?

the packing process

the packing process

On the eve of my departure I still seem to be in the midst of the on-going process of laying out everything I think I’m taking, packing, unpacking, eliminating and repacking. Do you really need shampoo? How much Dr. Bronners and contact lens solution? How many pairs of socks, underwear, shorts, pants and shirts do you really need for a Costa Rican winter in hot humid areas and cooler rainier areas? I’ll let you know. I’m ready, well, as ready as I’ll every be!

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Junction Ahead

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

This photo seems to fit the journey ahead. Plane ticket to Costa Rica is purchased and the first two nights at a guesthouse 10 miles from the San José airport are booked. That’s it! It feels like a big junction coming up, leaving the snow and my Vermont life for a new adventure. I will have all winter to keep choosing at each new fork in the road! Though I love the freedom of not being tied to an itinerary, it’s not always easy for me to make a decision when that fork in the road feels more like an octopus. This will be a time to quiet the mind, tune in and practice choosing.

Junction Ahead

Junction Ahead

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Is it a Sign?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

“What amazing adventure can I have this winter,” I’ve been asking myself?  Two years since I left my teaching job, I was free to venture for the winter. It felt as if now was the time! I have wanted to learn to speak Spanish fluently for years, so I considered a Spanish speaking country in Central or South America. Costa Rica popped to mind as one possibility. Honestly, I’m not sure why Costa Rica. I stayed open to possibilities of places I might go. One day in August, I went to the food coop. After I paid for my purchases, I put the change I received in my pocket and left to do more errands. When I got out to pay at a parking meter, I dug out the change. One coin was neither American nor  Canadian, which we sometimes see in Vermont. What was it? I couldn’t believe it was a coin (1 Colón, I’ve since learned is no longer in circulation) from Costa Rica! What were the chances of that!? Was it a sign?

Is it a Sign?

Costa Rican Colón. Is it a Sign?

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