Just getting this blog and trip off the ground, I am now posting about Costa Rica- while already in Kauai.

We moved out of our house on October 5, and were waiting on a good friends wedding that was not until November 12. So, we figured that we were not going to be paying rent that month and that we needed to go to Costa Rica. This is one of the places that we talk about a lot and consider living, and since I had not been, and it had been a while for Alex- we jumped on some good deals on flights to San Jose. Having heard about Mal Pais/ Santa Teresa from friends who surf, Alex decided that this was where we would spend our 12 days in Costa Rica. I didnt want to move around from place to place knowing that we were set to be on the move for the next year, and we also like being able to feel more settled into an area to get a feel for day to day life there.

There was a great deal on airbnb at the Zula Inn, right in Santa Teresa. It was a one room bungalow with a full kitchen and bathroom right across the street from the beach. There was a great communal living space outside with a pool that I loved when I saw the photos, so we booked it for 12days.
After the first flight from Los Angeles to San Jose, we got on a tiny 12 person airplane over the bay to the Nicoya peninsula. It was a beautiful flight with un real views of the lush, green hills and cliffs- and mixed with a little of both excitement and fear until we landed on the beachfront strip in Tambor.
After we taxied about 30 min to Santa Teresa, Alex rented a board in town- as Santa Teresa is known for incredibly consistent surf, and I loaded up on books and an also rented bike to get around town.

After about 4 days there, on a particularly good day- I took the bike down to the main surf spot in town to hopefully meet up with Alex when he got out of the water, and a nice jog on the beach.
I thought I was being clever and hid my backpack under a towel on the sand- and while I was jogging someone grabbed it. We had been warned, but I was feeling so comfortable that I thought my stuff was safe at least for 10 minutes.
It was not. Thank God, our bank and credit card companies were super helpful, and we were able to replace most of what was taken.
While we were waiting for our new debit cards, my sister in law, Coral, wired us some cash- and the amazing owners of Zula Inn were also so generous and loaned us cash to hold us over.

Our daily routine was pretty consistent and looked mostly like this:
Wake up, meditate, Alex go to surf, I would go to the cafe and read. Then post surf, we would have lunch, relax and then read and hang out at the pool. Then, either cook or figure out where we would go to dinner, and get to bed around 10, and repeat the next day.
We are both pretty mellow at this point in our lives and are really enjoying the slower, gentler pace of life than what we were used to before. This routine may sound boring to some, but it is what feels good and makes me happiest right now.

By the time we left, I was sad to go- but it was a lot easier knowing that we had much more ahead of us. I could definitely see getting used to life in Costa Rica however.

These are some of the highlighted photos Alex took in Santa Teresa.

unidentified getting the shot of the day

unidentified

 

Nicole is a local

Nicole is a local

 

Kiwi Alaric is part of the best local shop, Kina Surf Shop. he rips.

Alaric, an expat from New Zealand, is part of the best local shop, Kina Surf Shop. he rips.

 

mushrooms in the Montezuma Fall

mushrooms in the Montezuma Fall

 

sneaker set

sneaker set

 

Jason from San Clemente, he runs a surf school there.

Jason from San Clemente, he runs a surf school there.

 

plenty of beautiful spiders at Zula Inn

plenty of beautiful spiders at Zula Inn

 

this guy was tiny compared to the dinosaur that was roaming around the property

this guy was tiny compared to the dinosaur that was roaming around the property

 

a spider and its prey

a spider and its prey