Costa Rica

We walked on the beach, venturing out on low tide to swim in hidden tide-pools in the rock. Nature’s infinity pools, we called them. We saw howler monkeys in the trees, and were woken by them in the early morning hours, as they shouted and howled their welcome to the new day. We saw baby monkeys clinging to their mommies backs as they swung through the trees above.

We ate an insane amount of fresh, super fresh, fish. Fish wraps, ceviche, pâté, tacos, surfers bowls, smoked tuna, alongside delicious iced teas and cold local beers. Product C, we miss your welcoming, friendly vibe and the smiles and kindness of everyone there. Bisous/Besos!

We spent a morning stand up paddle boarding, and for once I was thankful for my strong short legs that helped me keep balanced. We made an epic rap song about paddle boarding. We had picnics on the beach and drove through a ranch to play in the pools above a secret, private waterfall. Wild orchids were everywhere in the surrounding trees.

I sat on the back of an ATV, barreling through the night, scarf wrapped around my nose and mouth to block the dust from the dirt road, head thrown back to watch the stars. So many stars. Inky black sky. We saw the southern cross constellation. We drove straight up through a dark jungle road, and emerged straight down to find a stunning and romantic, ocean front, candlelit restaurant. We ate amazing food, with amazing friends, and Mango Ron.

We surfed. Hubs got up on his board, and I made it half way, crouched. There’s nothing like the feeling of being pushed towards the shore, riding the top of a wave… Even if it is just lying on the board. Surfboard, next time you are soooo mine. We played in the warmest water I’ve ever been in, got a little too much sun, and explored sandy beaches. So many shells.

We cooked pinto (beans and rice), ate pinto, and cooked more pinto. Fried plantains are delicious. Hubs has asked for pinto every day since we returned.

We made coconut milk, and started off a new batch of coconut oil. We drank local beer and watched the sun set. We sat. We talked. We enjoyed the little things- deliciously, epically, slow brewed coffee. We savoured the big things- friendship, good conversation, exciting plans and love.

Costa Rica, we can’t wait to be back.

Carmen - February 14, 2013 - 1:32 pm

I’m crying, so beautifully written. It made my day. I miss you both so much

sandra - February 14, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Great post Shauna, loved it! When you came to Lisbon and want to surf a second try give me a call, my husband is the best surf instructor you’ll ever meet! :)

Shauna - February 14, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Awwww Carmen!! We miss you too- we had such a great time. Thank you!!! We’ll see you again soon!! (EXCITED!!)

Sandra- that sounds amazing and I will definitely take you up on the offer- thanks!! And we should do some cooking together too!!

Mandy - February 14, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Absolutely Amazing! Your writing is so beautiful I felt like I was away for a little break just then…. Awesome!

Christopher Kapoor - February 15, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Shauna and Jeremy,

What a beautiful account of your trip! Your words inspired wonderful pictures in my mind of what it must have been like to visit that paradise of a place. We should all arrange a trip there together sometime. Cleanses the soul, no? Lots of love from Brazil!

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