Our journey began in Liberia where we hopped on a "shuttle" -though a small bus that stopped every 45 minutes to move us to another bus or another driver was more correct. Getting to our actual relaxation destination was a 2 day affair! From Denver to Santa Teresa, yes two days! I spent a lot of time looking out the window at pastures, mountains, oceans, and people. Locals biking down the road carrying things like sandias (watermelons), or carrying 2 children- one on the handlebars and one of her hip; or kids in uniform on their way to escuela (school), smiling road workers, clothes lines full of the whole families drying wordrobe, goats, mango trees, dirt roads with an incline of at least 18% and thinking "this would be a great hill workout, if it wasn't so hot, or dusty, and in the middle of nowhere!" Then 5 hours later this bumpy road lead us straight to paradise, we had finally arrived.
People always ask "so how was it? what did you do? where did you go? what did you see?" As if you've been to outer space, like everyone wants to share in any possible excuse to escape even if it's vicariously through vivid second hand imagery. Honestly, we let ourselves go, we experienced the moment, we lived purely by the minute with no plans for the immediate future, we ate when we were hungry, walked the beach when we needed a change of scenery, laid in a hammock and reflected in journals when we needed alone time, laughed and drank margaritas at night, and woke up with howler monkeys at 5:30am. That's what we did!
We lived for the fact that we didn't have a schedule, that we didn't know what we were going to have for breakfast until it was time to make something in our cute little kitchen, that we could do yoga or surf or run or lay in the sun and do nothing at the drop T is here that you realize your hours, your days, your life is an explosion of endless possibilities of the positive--this is Pura Vida. It is this way of life we want to bring home, to infect our families, our communities, or co-workers with. It is remembering we can't sweat the small stuff, because IT'S ALL SMALL STUFF! Your flow will change a little bit every day, your perspective will change with experiences, and you'll never be done!
Just like you will never have your diet down, you will never say (at least not for long) "oh yeah I've got my diet down, I'm good, check, never have to think about that again!" Yeah right. Your diet changes with your needs, your surroundings, what's available, what you can afford, who else you have to think about, you morals that day, and more simply put where you are in life at that exact moment.
We ate well in Costa Rica, we ate whole foods, fresh foods, were easily without much thought able to avoid our allergens and dietary restrictions that we know serve us the best, and we enjoyed simple meals together. We made a big pot of rice with shredded coconut in it for the week; cooked zucchini; made canned tuna and mustard; had fresh mango, fresh coconut water and then the coconut meat; avocados; cashews; fish like it was going out of style--mahi for dinner, mahi for breakfast, white fish for dinner, white fish for breakfast, sashimi tuna, bbq lobster, mixed seafood ceviche; and lot of guacamole. Did I mention they had these bars of dark chocolate with hazelnuts in them? Oh I forgot to mention that? Yes, we went through a few bars of those, a few bottles of white wine, and a few margaritas! Every single part of it made us laugh, smile, enjoy, and feel good about life. Our life lit up, it was colorful, it was true living!