Coffee And Cocoa In Costa Rica

Photo credit: www.gomio.com

Photo credit: http://www.gomio.com

Early the next morning, we packed our bags and loaded the van to continue our journey through Costa Rica.  Not too long into the ride, we stopped along Lake Arenal to take pictures of the gorgeous landscape that we would be traveling around for the majority of the day.  The girls and I rushed across the highway for better photos and it was more painful than I thought it could be.

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The Girls Who Conquered A Volcano

Our second day in La Fortuna was arguably one of the busiest of the entire trip.  We started early and hopped from one activity to the next until we were completely exhausted.

Rising early, Karen and I headed down to breakfast to fuel up for our packed day.  We decided to indulge in an optional horseback riding tour.  Karen was excited for this opportunity having never been on a horse and I, never one to turn down an animal encounter, was game to explore Costa Rica by horse.  Worried about two silly girls on their own, Papa Carlos decided to join us on our morning ride so he could keep an eye on us.

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Memories Made In Mud

After two fun-filled days in Tortuguero, it was time to pack our bags, hop in the boat, and head to our next destination: La Fortuna.  We made the rounds of the resort saying goodbye and expressing our gratitude to our friends at Mawamba Lodge and we were off, ready for the next adventure.

The boat ride back to the bus had us spying a crocodile and more spider monkeys, but the real treat was after we had boarded our bus and got an up-close look at not one, but two of our most coveted Costa Rican species.

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Shaking Frogs And Salsa Lessons

The thunderstorm raged through the night.  Rain pounded the roof and more than once, I awoke to the entire room illuminated from a lightning bolt.  It was wonderful.

The itinerary for our second day in Tortuguero included a nature walk through a frog pound and butterfly garden, all on the grounds of the Mawamba Lodge, followed by an afternoon cruise on the river where we would look for Costa Rica’s wildlife.  What we didn’t plan for was the rain.  Granted, we were the ones who decided to travel during the wet season so we knew what we were getting into.  Well, at least some of us.

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Exploring San José

Last year, Karen contacted me twice to plan a trip internationally.  The first time, I was still dating the ex and spending most of my vacation days traveling up north to see him, so I didn’t think I could spare an extended trip where I didn’t get to see him.  I forgot about her asking me to travel and went about life.  A few weeks later when Karen asked me again, I was single, heartbroken, and ready to say yes to getting the hell out of town.  When I inquired where she was thinking of traveling to, she said she heard great things about Costa Rica.

Luckily enough, I have travel connections to make it happen.

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And Just Like That, It’s Over

Oh, Wonderlings.

I have returned home from Costa Rica where Karen and I had the most amazing time.  We laughed as we explored the rain forest, made new friends (of both the animal and human variety), and bonded like we never have before.  Over eleven days, we journeyed to five different cities, all celebrating Costa Rica’s success in the World Cup.

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Painted To Perfection

Sorry this is a day late, Wonderlings.  This post was supposed to publish yesterday, but silly me, I scheduled it for July 29 instead of June.  That’s what I get for trying to rush a post before a vacation.

I’ve never considered myself very artistic.  Sure, my grandmother used to teach me to paint sculptures and watercolors.  I learned lots of crafty things from her, but I could never come up with something on my own.  Navigate me through a project and I’ll get it; hand me a brush and an empty canvas and I’m completely lost.  I struggle with creating something from nothing and it’s hard to get my brain’s right hemisphere to work sometimes.

But I sure do love a challenge.

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Why I Travel

Greetings from Costa Rica!

I am currently exploring this wonderfully lush Central American country with my darling friend, Karen.  This trip has been in the works for over nine months and we are thrilled that we are finally here and ready for any adventure that comes our way.  We have only been in the country for two days and already we are filled with giddiness for this tropical place.

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