Sunday, November 1, 2015

Chilling in Costa Rica

If you know me, you'd know that I rarely visit the same place more than once, unless the place contains people I love. While Costa Rica lacks any people I know personally, it is full of wonderful people, food, scenery, and animals with an undercurrent of calm. Nothing is hurried, you just let go and see where each day takes you. My last trip a year ago was solo, but this time around Brian Beard came along, so we stayed at the same resort so he could see it too. Since I have been too busy relaxing, I bring you half the week in review today.

Sights from around the resort: a coati on our balcony (who we've also observed stealing sugar packets from the breakfast tables in the morning), Brian in the pool, Costa Rican sashimi - tuna and fresh mango, and a plumeria bush.
On Friday morning we waited a while for our ATV tour guide to pick us up at the hotel. Then they told us that the tour had been booked for a different day but that they were on their way and we'd still go, 90 minutes later than planned. As an apology, they offered to buy us lunch after our tour at a 'soda'.

Our tour was a lot of fun, we rode through villages, rivers and back alleys. While we didn't get as dirty as the brochure indicated, I still had a smudged face when we were done. We headed to lunch after two hours of riding, and had a delicious meal of local fare. It started pouring on the little tin shack when we were about halfway through our meal. During a small break in the rain, we made a mad dash to the car and were driven back to the hotel.
That evening, we took a mixology class. The bartender explained all elements of making drinks and each person presented a cocktail selection of their choice and he showed them how they could change some of the main ingredients to make something else they might like. Shockingly, I made my own suggestion to make a blackberry/basil/black pepper mojito and he went along with it. Brian made a variation of a Manhattan.
Saturday was wide open for fun and relaxation. We played in the pool and lounged on the beach, took pictures of hermit crabs, and ate yummy tomato/cucumber salads.

Saturday was also Halloween, which isn't really celebrated here but they make an effort for the tourists. I enjoyed the pine-o-lantern (one of many cute decorations at the bar) and the custom cocktail menu, featuring libations that had dry ice in the bottom. As we walked to dinner, we watched the monkeys swinging in the shadows overhead, which is what I am pointing to in the upper right-hand corner.
Watching the sun set over the cove - the colors are unreal.

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