Over 4th of July weekend (….er, ok, week?), I went to Costa Rica with mi familia and fell in love with the little country full of monkeys and sloths and toucans and even spiders and snakes and lizards. Imagine Pokemon Go in real life full of paths that look like they lead no where only to run into little gems and tiny beasts. The similarity is actually weirdly unsettling…
Being my first time venturing into Central America, I didn’t really know what to expect. Turns out, it’s definitely more developed than I thought, more green than I could have imagined and Costa Ricans are some of the kindest humans I have ever encountered in my life. Not only are they welcoming, they co-exist with all types of creatures regardless of size or number of legs. From waking up to the sounds of different types of birds chirping to finding different size and colors of butterflies fluttering about to the number of stray dogs on the streets that are so well behaved, there is a different meaning of unity in Costa Rica.
We had stayed more inland in Arenal — think less beach getaway and more adventure rain forest-esque. The days were spent hiking active volcanos to white water rafting, acting like monkeys by zip lining from tree to tree, and spending afternoons drenched in waterfalls and hot springs only to start the next day by climbing hanging bridges 400 feet above the trees. In summary, there really wasn’t a dull moment or a view that didn’t take my breath away.
Pizza and pasta were oddly the best meals I ate at Costa Rica, but it was the fruits and the coffee I crave now that I’m back. The pineapples and bananas were so much sweeter, coconuts so much fresher and I honestly believe that I don’t think coffee will ever be the same again. I’ve been to Starbucks since my return – you know, my usual go-to 3 p.m. pick me up spot – and have been left disappointed. Basically, simplicity was a way of life and staying in Costa Rica for a week really changes your perspective on things. Everything was about taking it easy and finding eternal optimism. And if you’re looking to revamp and reboot, this was just the perfect getaway – where it wasn’t about the clothes and shoes I wore or even about how my hair looked. It was simply about being one with life and all of it’s creatures.