Posted on May 09, 2015
Posted in Art!, Explore, My Life

If you’ve been following my blog the last 2 weeks, you know I was in Costa Rica a couple years back for one of the best gigs to date. Laura and Victor hired me to shoot their super intimate, super awesome destination wedding. Although I was pretty much on the clock for most of the trip, I did manage to squeeze a few hours in here and there for myself to explore.

My best friend since 7th grade came with me.  We lovingly refer to each other as “Life Partners” which makes it sound like we love each other on another level, but the truth is, the term fits us perfectly. We’re always there for each other in times of great distress, emotional and mental breakdowns, times of joy, and general indifference. The top priority in our relationship is that of unconditional support for the other’s own path, regardless of our own personal feelings toward the people and situations affecting the other’s path. We are family. I could not imagine going through this life without her. We love to travel and explore the globe, and we’re great traveling buddies. She’s a master at planning shit, and I am a master at saying yes to ideas, especially where adventure is involved.

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We’re hilarious!

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The people in Costa Rica were almost comically nice. Passersby would honk their horns and wave at us when were walking around. We dismissed it as girls do – like when hearing catcalls from passing cars, not giving it much thought – but then we realized that women were doing it too! They were really and truly just saying hi! These three handsome gentlemen slowed down to say hello, and of course I took advantage of the moment by snapping a quick pic.

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This was our dinner location one night. I took this photo from my chair. I couldn’t help but think Jimmy Buffett would give his stamp of approval.

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Um, hello! Fried cheese on a homemade tortilla served on a banana leaf!!! Good lord, this country has a firm grip on my heart.

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There are so many dogs running around Costa Rica! Okay, running is not the proper verb as most were lying around because it’s so hot. We weren’t sitting at our table for longer than 2 minutes before a dog came up and sat down next to my chair. He didn’t beg for food – just chilled out and let me pet him. When he moved on, another dog came up to take his place within minutes. This awesome dog turnover happened 3 or 4 times during our dinner.

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Samara Beach is a small town on the coast that has a surfing school and a Spanish Language immersion school. Notice the yoga sign on the palm tree. If my life goes awry and I decide to disappear somewhere, it will he here.

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More dogs!

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Okay, I don’t know if this guy is a Howler Monkey, but I feel I have to say something about the horrifying sound that comes from those animals.  After our very long journey of getting to the small, quiet town on the coast, we managed to crawl into our beds and pass out.  Kristen and I awoke to the scarriest sound I’ve ever experienced.  It was much worse than the sounds from nightmares and horror films! The “howl” part of their name leads you to believe it’s an actual howl.  It is not.  It really is more of a ground rumbling, loud, earthly-gutteral roar coming from what can only logically be the depths of hell.  When it first started happening, I actually questioned if the apocalypse was beginning.  I don’t even believe in that stuff, but that was the only scenario that made sense.  That being said, they’re beautiful creatures 🙂

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You’ve seen all these pics before. They all came from this trip!!

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This little guy jumped into the sink that our bartender (owner of the Hideaway Hotel) was using to make our drinks. Let just say that the evening ended with Kristen and I getting nice and sauced.

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This toucan did not give two shits that we were there.

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Our hotel in the big city before we flew back to the states. The pool looks inviting, but the temperature was just over freezing.

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Standard photographer self-portrait.

 

Putting together this blog post has reminded me of my resolve to get back to explore more of this enchanting country. I can’t wait to for my next Costa Rican adventure.