Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pura Vida - Costa Rica Trip 2012.

I suck and I apologize - sometimes life just gets hold of me, and I immerse myself completely in my social life, work life, responsibilities. Sometimes I forget that I have a whole network of friends and people who I truly love through blogging -- I've missed you guys, I've missed blogging, and feel like I've missed out on engagements, babies, weddings, crazy life events, and just the day to day things of people who I genuinely care about. I can't promise that I'll go back to blogging on a weekly, or even bi-weekly basis, but I will do better to stay in contact! 

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to go on a trip to Playa Potrero, Costa Rica to visit my college roommate of four years, Rachael. She took on an internship with an organization working in the town, and invited myself and one of our good friends from college to also come visit her. 

Since Amanda and I are both teachers with summers off, we went for it, booked our tickets, and counted down the months until we'd be laying on sunny beaches, practicing our Espanol, and drinking lots and lots of cerveza (hey, you can bring the girl out of the states, but I didn't get a lobotomy). It was a mostly make-up free trip, which was very liberating (though now I'm a little embarrassed to show you guys the pictures of moi sans makeup, but OH WELL).

Warning - I'm posting a TON of pictures. Sorry I'm not sorry - I couldn't pick my favorites.

Amanda came to mi casa where we departed to Newark the next morning (super early). We were super excited and had a very uneventful flight, watching episodes of The Office to help the 5+ hour plane ride go by much quicker. 

Ready for takeoff!
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The highlights of the trip included... 

Beach days.
We spent the majority of our time at various beaches in Playa Potrero, soaking in the sun, taking in new surroundings, swimming in the ridiculously warm water, and watching the gorgeous sunsets. 

First beach day - matching bathing suit bottoms (this was seriously not planned).
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My friends are hotties.
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Rach and I on one of the deserted beaches. 
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Amanda and I on various beaches.
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Food!
For me, this consisted of many vegetarian nachos/nachositas (baby nachos), and tons of cerveza. I also had vegetarian casada - a typical tica lunch. 

The Shack - one of my favorite lunch spots.
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Las brisas.
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Pool days and gelato lunches.
'Nuff said. Snickers gelato for lunch while lounging by a gorgeous infinity pool. I'll take it. 

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All you can drink catamaran rides + snorkeling + lunch. 
This was absolutely the highlight of the trip - we went out on a gorgeous catamaran for 5+ hours, where our drinks were never empty, we got to swim in the turquoise waters, and went snorkeling where we saw a puffer fish, electric eels, and tons of gorgeous fish. The night ended with a crazy thunder/lightening storm, but was still a major success (though I was still the palest on the boat). 

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Honeymoon beach where we snorkeled - absolutely beautiful! 
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Rainbow before the huge storm.
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Clubbing in Playa Potrero. 
Amanda was not a fan, and made Natalie Holloway references. Slight mood killer. 

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Ziplining through the jungle.
This was amazing - one of the highlights of the trip, which included hikes and at least 15 different zipline courses with guides.
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This picture cracks me up. Rach is Spiderman ziplining. 
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Sightseeing.
We traveled to Brasilito and Tamarindo to check out various spots, buy gifts for people, and see more beaches! 
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This would be an acceptable birthday gift, if you were wondering.. 
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Sunsets galore. 
The most versatile and gorgeous sunsets ever. 
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Overall it was an absolutely amazing trip with some of my best friends from college - I can't complain about a single aspect of it. 

I've missed you all and will be using my time off from work (thanks, Sandy) to try to play catch up! More posts to come, just know I've missed you all terribly and hopefully you' haven't given up on me! xox

Currently listening to: Creepers - Kid CuDi

12 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Looks like a marvellous time, I always wanted to go and see this place!! The photos are beautiful xx

amy b.s. said...

how awesome! this looks like such an amazing time!

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing pics!
Love Costa Rica!

xoxox,
CC

Style Diaries said...

looks like a fun vacay.



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Elle Sees said...

omg i've been trying to find your blog FOREVER! all i could remember was your opening line in french and tried search for it, no dice!
i visited CR like maybe 5 years ago? so it was awesome to relive my trip through your pics!

TracyZLesh @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

You are so beautiful... what an amazing trip!! The pictures make me want to jump on a plane and go somewhere tropical immediately :) So glad you had an amazing experience, I am sure you'll remember it forever!

HiFashion said...

Costa Rica looks absolutely incredible! I loved all these pictures and looks like you had a fabulous time.
So nice to get an update from you too!

GJ S said...

I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica! Your pics are fun!

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Sara Louise said...

This looks like the best time! Vacations with girlfriends like this are a must!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Welcome back - I've missed seeing you on my Reader! what an awesome trip! Nick went to Costa Rica years ago and I want to go so bad, your pics have inspired me to bring a potential trip up soon!

Legally Brunette Kate said...

GORGGGG girls

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

You guys are ridiculously adorable!! And this looks like THE BEST TRIP EVER! Friends, sun, and amazing beaches. I need to get to Costa Rica!