Some Love for Costa Rica

Pura vida, the slogan for Costa Rica. You can see it EVERYWHERE. It’s on shirts, bags, magnets, and the locals say it. It means ‘pure life’ and you get that there, or at least I did.

Everywhere you look it’s green and fresh and bright (although it rains a lot). From a twenty-something American’s perspective, life seems a little more laid back. Not as fast or rushed. Granted we were only there a day, but one hell of a day it was.

We got of the cruise ship and there were these guys on some kind of xylophone thing playing and singing and it was perfect. We walked over to the bus car thing (it was more like a van but with about 25 seats). Our guide and bus driver were laid back and excited. It felt genuine. They’d stop to show us animals and plants and were more than happy to let us take pictures. They even spent 10 minutes to try and catch one of these cute little guys.

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Then we got the the Veragua Rainforest Park and OMG it was amazing. First off, I went to use their restroom and I’ve never washed my hands in such a beautiful place. I don’t have a picture, but imagine washing your hands in the forest with lush greenery everywhere. We then took a little tour of their exhibits of frogs and snakes and their butterfly garden. And then we ate this delicious lunch.

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Those rice and beans though. I ate all mine then some of a friend’s. I still dream about them. So simple, but so delish.

After lunch before the next big event we saw a frog and our guide picked him up and he ended up jumping on me. We named him Bob after Bob Marley and it was a great frog birthday hug.

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And then we went zip-lining and that was the absolute best. This was on my bucket list. Not necessarily to do it in Costa Rica, but when I saw that this could be an excursion and I told Mom we had to do it. Gliding through the canopy in warm weather under blue skies with the chance of seeing stunning, incredible wildlife? Hell yeah count me in! I don’t really have any other words for it other than it incredible.

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So incredible. All of it. I left my heart in Costa Rica and I’d love to go and get it back. I’ve always dreamed of the tropics- warm, humid weather, blue skies and even bluer oceans, white sand beaches, and laid back locals. I’ll go back some day. 😉

First Time

So, this is not my first attempt at blogging. I’ve had a first attempt, a second attempt, and yes even a fourth attempt too. Is it that the fifth time is the charm? Probably not for everyone else, but maybe me?

I’m writing this on a rocky ship. Yes, a ship. My first cruise. And tomorrow I turn 25. 25! Ok, wow to both sentences. This is also my first time out of the US. Well if you’re not counting that one time I accidentally went to Canada and when my family went to Rocky Point, Mexico when I was 10. Anyways, I’m on this ship for my first real trip outside the US, because my mom’s a blogger and she was asked to do some PR work for a cruise line and could take one guest with her. We had about a month notice and I requested the 10 days off asap. We’ve crossed off some bucket list items I never knew I had and we still have four full days left. It’s safe to say I love cruising and I also love taking a hot shower, putting a robe on, and ordering a vegetarian dish from the room service menu while Mom is at dinner with friends.

I had been inspired to start up again (maybe this time for real, for real?) mostly because of the pictures I was taking on my personal Instagram. I was having so much fun and thought “yeah I could get used to this.”. There are also some pro travel bloggers on this trip and talking to them was another big part. I started to look at travel blogs and here I am in the stateroom listening to Kokomo by The Beach Boys because we went snorkeling in Aruba the day before last. And also, I became a vegetarian 2 months ago. I’ve been SUPER passionate about the lifestyle and can’t get enough. So, hence the name ‘A Traveling Veggie’. Mom thought it was cute so here we go!