25 February 2015

honey, i'm home



BEGINNING BOUTIQUE DRESS, SUNDAY SOMEWHERE SUNGLASSES

I spent Saturday morning sitting by the rocks near my home.. legs dangling over the edge and watching the waves crash silently into the shore.. Trying to recuperate mentally that I'm back in Sydney. It's strange coming home after making a new city your home.. It almost feels like a do-over, but then it feels like you never left. When you become accustomed to the rhythm of fast paced concrete jungle life, you forget what it's like to just chill.. to have time to be bored.. to be able to lie on the sand for hours, to sit in a cafe for as long as you want because there isn't a waiting list, to be able to stroll through the city during peak hour. It's incredible to have the ability to go for a dip in the ocean every morning and being able to walk around in nothing but a dress.. but the nostalgia of electric new york life is slowly catching up to me.. so I hope you guys are ready to experience that nostalgia with me.. I have about over 3000+ photos worth of memories to share.


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22 February 2015

PURA VIDA


So.. I did my best putting 60 something photos in chronological order.

AFTER 5 HRS OF AIRPORT WAITING & A 6.5HR DRIVE, WE MADE IT TO DELORES PACIFICO, GUANACASTE.

  





SPENT OUR FIRST PROPER DAY IN GUANA CASTE TANNING (I HAD LOTS TO CATCH UP TO NO THANKS TO NYC), BY NOON WE WALKED DOWN TO PLAYA FLAMINGO TO ADVENTURE & SWIM. FURTHER NORTH WE FOUND A CUTE LITTLE RESTAURANT/BAR LOCATED JUST ON THE SHORE.. WHILE WE WAITED FOR FOOD WE FLOATED ON OUR BACKS IN THE OCEAN. WE HAD FRESH TUNA & BURRITO ROLLS, SHARED A COUPLE OF MARGY'S ON THE SAND AND EXPERIENCED OUR FIRST SUN SET OVER THE OCEAN.. & UNFORTUNATELY GOT LOST WITHIN THE DARKNESS FOR ABOUT 2 HRS TRYING TO MAKE IT HOME. 

 

MORNING FRUITS AND DIPS. OUR HOST TOOK US SURFING IN PLAYA GRANDE WHERE WE RENTED $3 LONG BOARDS AND SURFED ALL AFTERNOON WITH THE LOCALS. THE WAVES WERE JUST RIGHT.. THE VASTNESS OF THIS BEACH IS PERFECT FOR ROOKIES AS EVERYONE SPREADS OUT - SO NO NEED TO FIGHT FOR A WAVE! WE SURFED TILL DUSK & DANCED TILL DAWN. 


 
WOKE UP AT NOON, LAYED IN THE SAND FOR HOURS, ROAD HORSES DURING GOLDEN HOUR.. BASICALLY THE PERFECT CURE FOR A HANGOVER. WE DINED AT THE LOCAL SEAFOOD RESTAURANT DOWN THE ROAD WITH A BOTTLE OF WINE. 

 















SPENDING OUR LAST DAY AT PLAYA GRANDE - AGAIN. THE VASTNESS AND SECLUDEDNESS OF THIS BEACH IS UNREAL.. WE HAD BURRITOS AND FRESH SMOOTHIES FROM THE BURRITO SHACK AND BASICALLY DID NOTHING BUT BLISS OUT. 

Growing up by the ocean, I never thought I'd spend more than 6 months away from the beach. The slight sting of zest in my eyes after a good swim, floating on back for minutes on end, smelling that sweet salty air every morning, the feeling of ocean bathed skin and body tingles when first diving into the water.. so when my friends who were backpacking through South America at the time invited me to spend a few days in Costa Rica with them.. a ticket was bought and the next thing you know, I'm laying in a hammock surrounded by tropical humidity, fresh fruits, endless heat and sunsets over the ocean every night. It's not hard to have a blissful time in Costa Rica.. there's an air of positivity and lightness amongst the attitude of the locals, it's their way of life - pura vida. 

  • Learn Spanish. I repeat. Learn Spanish. Costa Rica is still quiet a rural little city and majority of the locals don't really speak fluent English, unless you're staying in Tamarino where all the tourists are staying - conversational Spanish will get you far.
  • Stay by the coast and avoid tourists, Guana Caste & the Carribean is the way to go - I suggest airbnb, we stayed 10 minutes from Playa Flamingo.
  • Bring sneakers. 
  • Book your accommodation before your flights - we made the mistake of flying in from San Jose which took about a 6.5hr bus ride to Guana Caste. There's the Liberia airport which takes only an hour. 
  • Carry a torch. We got lost for about 40 minutes on our way back home one night because it was pitch dark and there aren't really any pedestrian roads.
  • Pineapple, watermelon, papaya smoothies & fruit salads every morning.
  • Make sure you spend at least a day or half at Playa Grande, and if you do, don't past up the surf.. And if you don't know how to surf, rent a board for $3 and ask a local to teach you. 
  • Have dinner on Playa Flamingo and swim while the sun sets over the ocean. 
  • Go horse riding from Playa del coco to Hermosa to Pernama - just don't go in the middle of the day, you will regret the heat. Sunset is the best, just before 5.00pm. 
  • Also if you're going to horse ride, be prepared to be thrown onto a horse and improvise. They're not going to teach you how to ride. 
  • We stayed at Colores Del Pacifico and scored a room on sale on airbnb - breakfast, yoga, pool, bar, room service, hammocks and an awesome host who showed us around, came surfing with us and took us to his favourite restaurants. 
  • There's a ton of water activities to do but definitely go on a hike up in the forests and visit some volcanoes and waterfalls - wet season is in May.
  • Nap in a hammock and tan topless till the sun goes down.
  • End everyday watching the sunset on the ocean. 

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