My husband and I spent a lovely week in Costa Rica over Christmas break and oh man was it awesome! We hadn't been back to CR since our wedding in Tamarindo in 2012, so it was a real treat to visit a country that is so dear to us.
This visit, we ventured a bit lower in the Guanacaste region and stayed in a treehouse in Playa Carillo and a beach bungalow in Samara. Our destinations were complete polar opposites. Carrillo was quiet, peaceful and unsullied by tourism. Locals (ticos) spent entire days parked at the beach, frolicking in the waves with their families and packing picnic lunches. We enjoyed the walk down our hill to the beach and welcomed the uphill journey at the end of each day. We met so many wonderful people in Carrillo - Costa Ricans are truly some of the friendliest people.
Our stay in Samara was different in that the vibe of Samara was party party party. There were considerably more tourists from all over the globe - most of them young adults looking to surf and party on the beach. This area was a bit more developed and included hotels and restaurants on the beach. We like Samara for the change in amenities, but longed for the solitude of Carrillo.
It was a great way to spend Christmas. We had a busy (and often stressful) year and wanted to take some much needed time to getaway and relax. It was a great decision.
And so we say goodbye to 2015. This was truly a banner year for my husband and I. We accomplished so much. My husband returned to his fitness roots and also became involved in a local opera company, where he made his directoral debut earlier in December. I left an unfulfilling job with a toxic environment for an opportunity that plays on my strengths, respects me and nurtures my growth within the tech industry.
We also purchased our first home together, which is a truly empowering experience. We lost of loving pug, Kya, in January but opened our home and our hearts to Poppy, a French Bulldog rescue.
We visited 6 countries and also explored more of the US. We traveled to CA, FL, WI, NY, DT, AZ, UT, NM and WA. Wow!
Wishing you and yours a most incredible 2016. I look forward to what everyone will create in the new year. Strive to better not only your life, but the lives of those around you. We enter an important year in 2016: it is a Presidential election year, an Olympic year and a leap year!
With love and gratitude,