Hello. Welcome back. I have been lagging on writing this blog post. Mostly because I felt like this trip brought a lot of things to the surface. I will explain more.
I went to Costa Rica in the beginning of May. I went with my aunt. I was so excited to go to Costa Rica. It has been years since I went back to Central America. I flew on Delta and normally I have not been a fan of Delta but the flight was great. I flew Sacramento to LA. LA to Juan Santamaría International Airport.
I must say the employees of the airport were so kind. Going through customs was so smooth. Very organized. As soon as I stepped out of the airport our taxi driver was waiting for us. He actually drove a microbus. We had about an hour drive to Puntarenas.
Instantly I could feel Costa Rica’s magic. The air is so fresh and clean. Birds and butterflies everywhere. We stopped at a little restaurant. We had breakfast. I had fried plantains, rice and beans, and fried cheese. I instantly felt so happy eating good food and looking at the beautiful scenery. Once we finished eating we were on our way to the hotel.
On the way I could see people walking and smiling. I could just feel the good vibes. Once we got the hotel we were warmly greeted. I speak Spanish, but I thought it was really cool that a lot of the hotel employees spoke a bit of English.
We stayed at the Double Tree Hotel. The hotel grounds were so nice. Our room had beautiful views of the pools and ocean.
First thing I had to do was crack a beer and just let it all sink in.
The Double Tree is an all inclusive hotel. They have multiple restaurants, a snack bar, and bar. My aunt was hungry so we ate the snack bar. They had burgers, fries, hot dogs, quesadillas, nachos and pizza. The bar next to the snack bar is a full bar but the only beer they carried was Imperial. Its a good light beer. (They have other beer but you would have to pay for it)
The weather was perfect to me, not too hot and not too humid. I changed into my bathing suit and jumped in the pool. For the most part of this trip I was either by the pool reading or walking the beach. I read Sacramento Beer, A Craft History by Justin Chechourka, which I must say is a great book!
I did not post as much as I wanted to on Instagram because they only have 3G over there and pages took forever to load. In a way I was glad not to be tied to my phone. I had no concept of time. I would wake up put my bathing suit on, get my phone, sunblock, book and hat. I would then head out. Get a beer for breakfast and walk the beach. I would sit and stare out into the ocean and hear the waves crash. The ocean has a way of healing me. I love the ocean. Being a water sign (Cancer) it makes a lot of sense.
While on one of my walks I wandered over to the pier. There is a guard tower before you walk on the pier. On the other side of the tower there was more beach and there was a guy making sand sculptures. I decided to walk on the pier and watched this guy work away at the sand sculptures. He glanced over at me and said hello. We started chatting in Spanish. I told him that he was very talented. I asked if I could take some pictures. I told the security guard that I would be crossing over and he gave me the ok. The sand sculpture artist shook my hand and told me his name was Saul. We got into a conversation about how he is homeless more like a nomad who enjoys traveling to different beaches and creating sand sculptures. I was going to have lunch so I took some pictures and gave him a couple bucks.
As the days went by I found myself waking up early in Costa Rica and happy. I enjoyed walking the beach in the mornings, having fruit for breakfast and then go read and tan by the pool. I would have a beer and then go back to the beach and chat with Saul.
One of the days we (my aunt and I) left the resort and ventured out into Puntarenas the city. We had a tour guide who we ventured out with. He works in promoting the resort and does the tours. His name was Juan Carlos, he was really nice and chatted a bit in English. He took us to an open air market where I bought some cute items to bring back. We got some beer and walked around and then went to this little hole in the wall seafood restaurant. The food was amazing. We sat outside and ate fried fish, shrimp, calamari, clams and drank beer as the sun set. Juan Carlos was a great person to venture out with and was nice to just talk to with when I would see him on my walks around the resort.
As the end of my trip approached I found myself talking to Saul more. You see I was very unhappy and somehow he was able to see in my soul and tell me that I was sad. He could not understand why I was sad. He told me that I had everything but I told him he did. He was so happy, everyday he had a smile on his face. He told me he enjoyed being free. Sometimes we would just sit in silence and watch the waves crash.
I remember telling him about my relationship and him telling me I deserved better. I realized in Costa Rica how sad I really was and how low things had gotten for me. Costa Rica brought me so much happiness. My final night in Costa Rica I went to see Saul.
We talked and I met some of his friends who were also homeless. There is a shelter nearby and sometimes it is too full. We all sat and talked. I had to get going because my flight left early the next morning. I had a Device Brewing hoodie that I gave Saul. He was so grateful and he told me that I needed to find my happiness. He told me he hoped that I would come back either alone or with my boyfriend. I gave him some cash, I know he did not make a lot of money that day. We hugged and I told him to take care of himself. I literally had tears running down my face on the way back to my room. I cried my eyes out that night. I did not want to leave Costa Rica. The minute I arrived felt the good vibes; the air, the sunshine, the people.
The next morning at 4am I was in tears in the hotel lobby. I actually considered staying and working at the Double Tree. I had a 90 day visa.
As the plane left for the US my aunt and I were both crying. Probably because we both really needed this vacation.
I cannot wait to go back to Costa Rica. It was a challenge writing this blog post because there was so much to write and so much that I just wanted to keep for me. Since I have been back I find myself soul searching. I find myself daydreaming about myself writing a novel on the beach having an Imperial cerveza hearing the waves crash in the distance.
I will be back Costa Rica. As they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida! They are right the country is full of life a pure life.
A lot of people have asked me if I have heard from Saul, I added him on facebook but he has not been on. He does not have a computer and only gets to an Internet cafe once in a while. I hope that sometime soon I can hear from him. I can honestly say I made a good friend.
If you would like to check out the hotel I stayed at : http://www.doubletreecentralpacific.com and if you do go don’t forget to ask for Juan Carlos, he is great if you want to go explore.
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If you want to check out Saul’s FB you can https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017184494434 I told him I would write about him.
As for the guy I was dating well I ended it. Life is too short to be miserable.
Cheers!! Actually, PURA VIDA!