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Costa Rica was an amazing trip. Kasia, you were right, I loved it – which completely surprised me. It was thee most relaxing trip I have ever taken. I could not have asked for more.

Being from Puerto Rico, and having gone to A LOT of tropical islands, I think I have experienced Caribbean Living but Costa Rica took the cake. To clarify, I know CR is not an island nor is it in the Caribbean but I thought it would be very similar. Palm trees, beaches, relaxed living, rain forest – you know, all those pretty things. Well Costa Rica was all that but in an over-the-top-amazingly-fabulous way. It was greener then any place I have ever been. The foliage was lush and bright. It was simply beautiful in a breath taking way. There were more trees then I had ever seen and tropical birds and butterflies everywhere. I am not a bird person but there is something so pleasant and exciting about sitting in the pool and seeing birds flying over you. You could see butterflies all the time, which made everything seem so surreal and fairytale-ish. I loved just being and watching nature around me, who knew I liked that kind of stuff.

Here’s a more detailed recap if you want the nitty-gritty-play-by-play commentary with photos.

We left New York early in the morning and with the time change arrived in Costa Rica at about 9am. By noon we had checked into our hotel, changed into our swimsuits and were by the pool eating lunch. Since it was off season there were never too many people around (I love that).

This was the view of the hotel church from our room.
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My husband floating in the pool.
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The next day Fred’s best friend Vincent arrived early. We met up with our personal driver that we had hired and hands down this was thee best decision I made in planning our vacation. We never wasted time trying to figure out where to go, we got everywhere super fast since our driver knows the land and we saw more because we had an experienced driver. It was just perfect and a big part of the reason our trip was so relaxing.

That night we were staying at an Inn on a mountain with a dirt road. On the drive over we stopped in Zacero a town known for topiary’s. They were fun to see but not a must stop place.

This is my mom getting water from a street vendor on our way to Zacero.
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Topiary’s in Zacero and the town church. Notice the clouds in the air.

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Eventually we arrived at our Inn. The thing about Costa Rica is that in the mountains the clouds come down and cover everything. Initially I just thought it was an over cast day but no, they are clouds and this happens all the time. When we arrived at the Inn we could not see anything. Sitting in the drive way we could not see what the house looked like. We could not see the view it had of the ocean, nothing. It was actually really beautiful in a mysterious way. I loved that it was uncommon and not something we normally experience. It was also exciting to wake up in the morning, before the clouds settled, and see all these things we could not see the day before. It was like unwrapping a gift.

Inside the Inn.
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Standing outside the Inn during the morning while waiting for our driver to pick us up. This is me, my mom and Fred.
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My two favorite experienced while staying at the Inn were one, smoking Cuban Cigars after dinner. In college I went through a cigar faze, which I thought was a sexy thing for woman to do (while wearing gorgeous lip stick of course). So I have smoked a fair share of them but never a Cuban Cigar (seeing how they are illegal here). Our driver hooked me up and after dinner we lit up. I have to tell you I now understand all the hype behind them… they are amazing and delicious. Yes, I said delicious.

This is Vincent and Fred smokin away. I love how gritty and fuzzy this photo is.
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My other favorite moment was getting to our Inn on the second night there. In CR there are a lot of dirt roads and when it rains they are mud roads. They are also rocky, uneven and down right shitty. One night our van could not make it up to our hotel during a storm. Our driver was chugging along but we knew eventually we would probably have to walk (a long way) in the dark. Then God arrived in the form of a pick up truck with the open back. A worker at our hotel was driving home and stopped. He had a four wheel driver, which was better equipped to drive up the mountain so he offered to take us the rest of the way. So in the thunder storm we rode in the back of an open air truck and had the time of our lives. We are not ruff-it-kind-of-folks so this was as close as we got to ruffin’ it. Talk about exhilaration. We laughed so hard and I think this is that moment I will remember most about our trip. We took photos during the ride and in every single one you can see a genuine smile on the persons face.

Day time photo of the road leading to the Inn.
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After a few days we headed to the coastal land. In a matter of hours you could feel the air change. It was hot. Way to hot and this was off season. But getting to the hotel was an adventure. You have to pass a river that rises during this time of year. Our main driver arranged for someone in a better vehicle to pick us up and drive us the last 30 minutes. Well due to the rain the river was high and came to the hood of the truck, which had those monster tires. I kid you not. And if you are sitting in the front (as I was on the trip leaving) the water will actually come inside the car. I really enjoyed these moments when we were doing things completely unexpected.

Driving through the river. You can kind of see how the water comes to the hood of the car.
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Eventually we arrived at the hotel, checked in and then had our driver take us to our villa, which was secluded and away from the main hotel. It was so perfect. We each had our own bathroom. I loved this! And since it was hot, and at this point we were pissy, we changed into our swimsuits and took a dip in our private pool. None of us had the patience to go back to the main hotel.

The main pool at our last hotel.
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We hung out at this hotel for a few days. Eventually we did leave our villa to try out all the pools. We went to the beach, which sucked but I like pools more so it wasn’t an issue for me. We ate lots of food, drank way too much and just had a really great time. My mom wants to return at some point with my father and brother so we are thinking in two years. On the last day we did a canapy tour with the hotel and that is when I fucked up my foot. It hurt like hell, the rest of the day I was in pain but the following day I was OK. Then we got back to NY (two days later) and it has gotten worse and worse. Luckily it did not ruin my trip.

I think that pretty much highlights our trip. I did not see monkeys and sloth’s everywhere as I had expected. I actually did not see a money until our 5th day there and I only saw one during the whole trip. I kept asking everyone about them and finally someone at the hotel drove us around and around until he found one. I did hear them, which was exciting but somewhat scary. I never saw a sloth and I never saw a toucan. I never saw the active volcano though we went to the hot spring, which is on it. It was too cloudy and we could not see shit. I saw lots of volchers, which I originally thought were eagles. Surprisingly, they are very beautiful when flying over you and the sky is blue and their wings are stretched for what seems like miles. Oh, and our villa had bats. They scared the hell out of me. I screamed more then once and almost cried on another occasion. No one told me about them (thanks Kasia). ;)

Despite all this our trip was perfect and I loved it.

In a separate, locked, post I’ll give a link to all our photos if anyone wants to see that many images of Costa Rica.



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Sep. 30th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
I wonder if it depends on what time of year you go, or where you go? We went in June and we didn't have cloudy looking skies - it was sunny and clear all the time (except about an hour each day when it would rain). I'm glad you had a fun time! Can't wait to see more pictures.

PS. I didn't see any bats - sorry you did!
Sep. 30th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
I think it depends on where you are. It only happened when we were in the mountain areas (which includes around the volcano). When we went to the coast it was clear sky's and HOT-HOT-HOT. It was not hot in the mountains.

No bats, lucky you. One flew right by ear and I yelped.
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Sep. 30th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
Thanks. I am getting a link for the rest of the photos now.

My foot is still having issues. I ramed my shin into a wooden platform when I was swinging over the trees. I have a cut which is not so much the issue. My foot itself is swollen and purple. It gets worse as the day goes on.. bigger and bigger. I am going to see a doctor but have not had much time. Hopefully Monday.
Sep. 30th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
Wow, amazing pics! Sounds like you guys had a really fun time :) Costa Rica reminds me a little of El Salvador.
Sep. 30th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
sorry, I meant, your pics of CR remind me of ES. I've never been to CR, just ES, lol.
Sep. 30th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
ooh, gorgeous. I too love that misty cloud-like atmosphere - so eerie and beautiful.

I loved your descriptions of everything, especially this:

"When we arrived at the Inn we could not see anything. Sitting in the drive way we could not see what the house looked like. We could not see the view it had of the ocean, nothing. It was actually really beautiful in a mysterious way. I loved that it was uncommon and not something we normally experience. It was also exciting to wake up in the morning, before the clouds settled, and see all these things we could not see the day before. It was like unwrapping a gift."

I'd love to see more!
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! You are too sweet. The cloud thing WAS eerie. On the first morning I woke up early and saw the great view we had and it was like the great unexpected gift. I ran to the room to get my camera and was hooking up to the tripod for photos. I was in the room for maybe 15 minutes. I went out to take photos and the clouds had settled. No view! So we had to wait till the next morning to get photos. Crazy!

BTW, I've missed your posting but I know you are busy. How is the business?
Sep. 30th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
You better believe I want to see all those photographs!! The peeksie here is great, nice eye Bee!
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
I think you are way too kind. I aspire to have a good eye, one day I will. Till then I just practice and practice.

You never mentioned how the wedding went that you shot. Were you, and the bride, happy?
Sep. 30th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
Its this weekend. Tomorrow... and I'm nervous as hell.
Sep. 30th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
I *know* you'll do great.
Sep. 30th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
love the pics and recap! now I want to go to CR!! glad you had a good trip and you need to get your behind to a doc! that foot doesn't sound good!!
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
I think a purple foot is very becoming of me. :) But I really will get it checked. I had meetings ALL this week with clients. Being gone for two weeks does that. SO much work that I could not put aside but I am going Monday and will rest Sunday. Tomorrow I have a wedding but only three hours (thank goodness)!
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
you're a great photographer
Great pics - love how your momma joined you.
ahh, vacation..it's so sad when they end..
I can smell the costa rican crisp air looking at your photos.
Sorry about your foot -hope you are getting it looked at - my mom got stuck in the middle of the canopy tour - it was quite funny - but those things are very dangerous in hindsight..
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
you are being way too nice!
You went with your mom as well? My mom is pretty much my best friend and travel buddy. I love going on vacations with her (minus boring-gouchy dad).

No one got stuck in the middle but I was really scared of that happening which is how I hurt my foot. I was going super fast and was told to break. I was so scared of breaking too much, getting stuck and having to pull my very fat ass across so I didn't break and SLAMED into the wooden platform with my leg. I'm dumb!

Sep. 30th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
love the recap and the photos :) you are becoming very talented, any plans to go this route?
Sep. 30th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm soooo happy you had a great time in Costa Rica. Your pictures are GREAT!

That's a bummer about your foot :-( You can seriously pick up speed on those Zip Lines so I understand how you injured your foot on the platform. Hope it gets better real soon.

I liked the misty atmoshere as well. We had the same weather when we were in the mountain area as well. Did you get to enjoy the hot springs? I love that you guys just hung out and smoked Cuban Cigars!

I forgot how terrible the roads are. I can't believe the picture of your car going through that river. I agree - It's so worth having the private driver. Our driver was a Motor mouth and would tell us about the history of just about anything we passed. After awhile I wanted to gag him :-)

The last Hotel looks HEAVENLY! Your own private pool = paradise. OMG I never saw a bat (unless I did but didn't know it). I think I would have died knowing they were flying around. How did you ever get to sleep? I saw tons of Monkeys but now that I think about it they were mostly in Manuel Antonio. The Toucan I saw deep in the Rain Forest down in the Osa Peninsula.

Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures!!! Welcome back again...
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