Costa Rica has been on my bucket list, until now. I am writing this newsletter from the Riu Guanacaste resort in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. One of Mitch’s and my best friends, Rosemary and Jose, are renewing their vows on the beach this week. How romantic! I get goosebumps just thinking about it. There are 20 of us in town for the special occasion.
I’ve had an opportunity to enjoy the simpler side of life. My room has a lovely balcony overlooking the ocean with the tall palm trees at eye level. Most of the time, I find myself looking up at the huge beautiful leaves. But today, I can nearly reach out and touch them. There’s a row of palm trees with coconuts in different shades of green and orange, which is a rarity, due to the liability factor. The morning begins in silence. People are moving around at their own rhythm quietly; and nodding as they pass each other to the restaurant or beach. I found the silence refreshing. At the restaurant everyone is walking slowly, checking out what’s on the buffet before they begin to serve themselves. I hear the many sounds of white coffee cups being placed on the saucers. I’m not a coffee drinker and I fell in love with the resort’s hot chocolate…yummy!
The 20 of us took a tour to the rain forest and the local hot springs. What an experience! It rained on us the entire time; I expected no less. We hiked a winding path through the forest, walked across high suspension bridges and enjoyed some of the wildlife. I was in awe of the lush forest, the height of the canopy and the unique trees and fauna. I could hardly believe I was here. The emotions brought tears to my eyes. Our tour ended with a dip at the natural hot springs, so healing and therapeutic.
I walk away with many observations:
- Keeping life simple is a decision away. We complicate it. We can enjoy the basics of life with what nature has to offer; simple nutritious breakfasts, using the strength of the water for exercise and allowing technology to take a back seat.
- It takes a few days to unwind from our complicated life. I’d like to say that I have a switch that goes from the busyness of life to “vaca” mode in an instant. Not! It took me a couple of days before I could just relax and let go. Allow time in your vacation to unwind.
- Be curious. Allow yourself to learn and enjoy the culture of the locale. I loved the hot chocolate, the architecture, landscape and the people of Costa Rica are friendly.
The Costa Ricans (Ticos) live the “pura vida” which means pure life or simple life. This is their slogan. It means taking it easy, enjoying life, and everything is cool! I embraced this while on vacation and it felt so freeing. I invite you to take one of the three observations above and implement it the next time you take time off. Pura Vida!
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