July 26, 2016

Scene in Tamarindo

Hey lovelies,
I have tons of pictures from my awesome trip to Tamarindo.
Check out just a smidgen of the action as captured by my phone and camera.

made a friend who wanted to be in on the photo action
one of many beautiful sunsets

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July 24, 2016

Tamarindo, Pura Vida

Hey lovelies,
I'm back from my trip to Costa Rica and what a trip it was!
You guys know I've done a few solo trips and while I genuinely enjoy traveling by my lonesome, nothing beats a trip with great friends.
My girls are loca and I love it! They kept me laughing from the moment I woke up, to the moment I laid my head to rest.
when no one is looking 

This is how we act when other people are around
I mentioned in a previous post that we would be staying in Tamarindo, a great little beach town in Guanacaste. Prior to choosing this location we'd heard that it was a very touristy spot because of the abundance of beaches but we were pleasantly surprised upon our arrival to find the town relatively quiet and not over run by tons of people.

We stayed at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. The location is perfect because it's right across from beach and everything is within walking distance which is a huge plus in my book. It wasn't palatial by any means but we had a great view of the beach from our room and they provided us with breakfast every morning. I love that they also offer free surfing lessons and snorkeling equipment which can be very expensive when purchased through some tour companies.

view from our back door
The hotel also has the livest party in town. Everybody and their spirit animal turns up at the Crazy Monkey bar for the Friday night party. We specifically booked our trip so that we would be there to experience the party. I swear the entire town was there. We partied with some lovely fellas we met at dinner earlier that evening. It was a most memorable night.

our new friends 
Overall our intention was to have a very chill vacation with most of our days spent at the beach but we did throw in some activities to keep things spicy. I used viator.com to book a couple excursions. I've used them on several trips and I'm always pleased with the service and level of professionalism. Check 'em out when planning your vacations.
We had a full day trip which consisted of zip lining, horseback riding, tubing and a stop at a mud bath and hot springs. It was a blast but as you can imagine we were exhausted. We also did a day trip to Nicaragua (I'll chat more about this in a separate post). Didn't get any pics zip lining or tubing. womp womp.

finally about to relax in the hot spring. We are exhausted at this point

I think my favorite part of the trip was just sitting on the beach and watching the sun set. No matter how many sunsets I saw, it never got old. There's something magical about the way the light slowly spreads across land and sea. It truly is pura vida!

July 12, 2016

The Weekend

hey lovelies,
I hope your weekend was as fun filled as mine. I had a chance to hang out with not one but three lovely friends. Friends who have now transcended to family status and I couldn't be more blessed to have them in my life.  

One of the things I've always be grateful for are the friends I've made over the years. As an only child, growing up was a bit lonely. Thankfully as I got older I made sisters and an awesome big brothers along the way. I am as fiercely protective of my friends as most people are of their own siblings , maybe even more so. 

When my big brother Rich told me he was coming to town, I was beyond excited. I hadn't seen him since my move from Abu Dhabi almost a year ago. We spent most of our time chatting about life and laughing. He always gives me the best advice and we have so much fun every time we are together.

A few days later one of my best friends from high school came to stay. We've known each other for almost twenty years and even though we've lived in different places and don't see each other as often as either of us would like, it is always awesome when we get together. We pick up back right where we'd left off. We were also lucky enough to be joined by another friend from high school. those two hadn't seen each other since they'd graduated but you wouldn't have been able to tell because it was just like old times.

We had such a great time just being in each other's company. Good food and even better conversation made this little reunion an amazing time.
this curry ramen with kimchi was sooo good. 

Almost twenty years of friendship in this pic

What better way to spend the weekend than with people you love? I certainly can't think of one.