Wow, it's Friday already? That makes me sad. Time doesn't even exist here and it flew by. Yesterday, I went to the pool in the morning to see Omar who is the waiter who is so sweet and accommodating. He says, "babyeee, what do you need?!?" Hahaha. I love pet names. Mammi, babyee, love, darling, they're all just adorable. He always brings me a towel and talks Spanish to me and brings me weird martinis. LoL He's the best!
I had quite the Thursday night. Mr. Lon came with us to the photo shoot. I was able to help Jim with some yoga photos for his retreats and in return Jim took photos for me. I haven't seen all of them, but I am sure there are a few good ones. The beach was so beautiful and the sunset was amazing. Afterwards we went to the bar we tried going to a few nights ago for ceviche. It was very yummy! I had my vodka soda (heavy soda) and then three chili shots that were awful, but good and I kind of liked it. Haha. Obviously.
I wanted to take them out to dinner and so we went to an Italian spot across from Jim's house. I felt sick almost immediately, and could barely eat. Shots are never a good thing for me, or anyone for that matter! And then I had to spend the main course pacing the patio to keep from vomiting. Haha. After attempting to pay for the check that said 41,345 and adding a tip and converting, I left it up to the server to figure it out. Hoping for the best with that situation! Haha. Jim walked me home because I needed to move and breathe fresh air, and I spent my night throwing up and went to bed immediately after and slept for 10 hours! Vacation is not complete with out a train wreck night! Haha. I can't keep up with these guys!
I woke up today and ate two huge bowls of cereal because I was hungry from my empty stomach! I sat on the patio and checked the news and IG and then walked into town on the main strip to get a massage. It was like a nail salon type deal, but the massage was so amazing! At first it was painful and then after me saying ouch too many times and me saying softer, she finally understood. She didn't speak any English, but I guess there's some kind of universal language or body language for pain! Haha!
It was so great and she worked my shoulders which needed it the most! I walked home after that and got talked into fresh coco water on the street. It was $2 usd, and I had exactly that. It was perfect hydration after the massage and I walked home and grabbed my things and headed straight to the pool! Omar greeted me and we attempted to have a Spanish English conversation :). I just smiled and kept talking in English and he did the same in Spanish and we somehow had the best conversation! I really want to learn Spanish. I think I want to move down here sometime. SOMETIME (that's broad, don't panic).
I laid out all day. For lunch, I ate a yummy salad, burger and chocolate cake for dessert! Omar couldn't believe how much I ordered and ate! Jim and Mr. Lon also can't believe how much I can eat even though they see me do it. Haha. My mom reminded me that I have always been like that, and she told me she doesn't get it either! "Where do you put it all?" Haha! I workout a lot?!?! But I also just love to eat good food! I think I was supposed to be Buddha. Sigh.
The manager offered me a shot of whatever I liked, and the idea of liquor made me want to gag, but I couldn't refuse (no seriously, he wouldn't let me), so I took a shot of whiskey. I think it was whiskey. It was a brand I have never heard of. I tried taking just half, but he saw there was some left in the ice shot glass and dumped the rest in my Americano. Ha so much for being sneaky!
After lunch, I listened to music, swam and texted with friends and my mom. I headed back to the house about 4 and Jim told me some people were coming over for happy hour. Leslie came over and Mr. Lon and we sat outside and watched the sunset, it was glorious. Leslie is so sweet and I adored talking with her! The NBA playoffs were on so Jim stuck around and watched the game while Leslie and Mr. Lon and I went back to the Italian place. I ordered some beef thing and a side of pasta. So full! Leslie couldn't believe how much I could eat. Haha. Sigh!!!!
I came back and iced my black eye (allergies apparently give you black eyes now). Fml. I am going to the doctor as soon as I get back. I am going to read and take it easy. I want to wake up early and go on a run, possibly eat breakfast and then lay out for a couple hours before getting ready for the airport. My last few hours of sun makes me sad. I'll never be this brown. NYC... The nature of the beast. Sigh.
Can you tell I'm sad to leave? Haha. I will miss this place so much. I will definitely be back if Jim doesn't hate me by now! I am so grateful I had this opportunity and I thank Katrine for the connection and Jim for taking the chance and being so hospitable and letting a stranger stay with him! He's an amazing addition to "my people" or as most people call it, family.
I am so happy and proud that I took an entire week just for me. I did something new, met so many great people, experienced so many things outside my comfort zone and without a doubt, I evolved. The growth from this experience was priceless and I am forever changed, more at peace and happy!
I am taking so much love and happiness back with me. Jim and I had many heart to hearts and life chats and one thing that sticks out is he told me that I needed to just date myself. Instead of worrying about boys and the messes they are, that I should focus on me and love Myself. Nothing in life is random, so when I meet someone amazing, I'll know and it will all make sense. Law of attraction right? :) He told me not worry and that I will be okay in life no matter what. Me worry? Never ;-)
I love you Costa Rica and I think everyone should experience this gem! I hope you want to go visit now, and will come with me on my next adventure. People told me when all is said and done, that this was going to be a great experience for me. I never disagreed, and I also wasn't sure what to expect because I didn't know. Now that I did this all by myself, checked off another thing from my goal list (go to Costa Rica), accomplished something that was important to me (travel solo and be okay with being alone)... I think this was the most memorable and influential travel experience of my life. Perhaps it is overall one of the best experiences of my life.
I know there will be many more experiences that will change me, and when all is said and done, I'll look back and smile with admiration and gratitude.
"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Much love from the most special place!
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