Haven’t written much in the past two months…you know…”life”. Have had lots of weddings (a blessing!), went to LA to visit the fam & see my best friend (FUN!) and went to Santa Teresa for my birthday (the best!!).
A little personal history re Santa Teresa, the first time I visited Costa Rica 15 years ago, I went to Santa Teresa and there I really fell hard for Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is still a sleepy little town, but 15 years ago, it was little more than an amazing beach and a few little places to eat and sleep. I recall sitting on the beach watching the surf and feeling the magic of Costa Rica tingle all over my skin. ((siiiighhh!!))
Anyhow, I’m not a person that’s big on celebrating birthdays and stuff. A nice meal and some hugs and I’m good to go. But this year, when asked if I wanted to do anything for my birthday I thought that heading down to Santa Teresa to reconnect wouldn’t be a bad idea. The hubby and me haven’t really spent any QT together for a while. Despite our lovely lifestyle, you’d be surprised how easy it can be to get into an eat, work, sleep rut and forget that relationships require maintenance too. So we’ve decided that we need to pay more mind to those things. And a few days away in a beautiful place isn’t a half bad way to do that, huh?
The drive down the coast to Santa is a bumpy adventure — potholed, dirt/gravel roads, curving up and around the coastline taking you through sleepy little Tico towns, lots of farmland and pristine empty beaches. It’s the end of the dry season and everything is verrrrrrrrrry dry and dusty. There’s rivers that in the rainy season are uncrossable, but this time of year are pretty much dry.
After 6 hours of driving, stopping to take in the majestic coastline, photo ops, etc., we arrived in town just in time to see the sunset. Ahhh, I mean really, does it get any better than this?? I spent my birthday in the best way possible. On the beach, collecting driftwood, smooth ocean rocks and napping in the shade.
It would be difficult in a place like this not to find a moment to just sit and be thankful. Thankful for everything wonderful that I have in my life, thankful for all the lessons I’m learning year after year and of course, thankful for such beautiful, secluded places such as this to have spent my birthday. The day ended with the most spectacular sunset (something I love about this place!) Lastly, I have to include this for anyone that might be traveling to Santa. We had dinner at an asian restaurant named Katana. Not sure why we picked this place because honestly, in my whole 7 years living and traveling here, I have never once had what I would consider good Asian food. However, we went to Katana and I ordered my fav, fav, fav Thai dish, Pad Thai. I was so ready to be disappointed because I always end up getting a “version” of this dish here in CR that has any flavor slightly resembling Pad Thai. So when my plate came and I took my first bite of this mouth-watering noodle delight, I was so over the top happy I can’t even tell you!! It was definitely some of the best I’ve ever had. My hubby got a green curry chicken and jasmine rice dish which was also so over the top delicious. Just putting that out there…..:)
So, I’ve been on some form of either work related out of the shop outtings or personal traveling now for nearly a month….tomorrow is my first day back to “work”. I’ve enjoyed the time off to regroup, clear my head a bit, etc., but now my creative juices are definitely re-vamped and I’m ready to get back to making things.