This journey I am on has been a joy. I am coming up on a year of my time here in Costa Rica. I have been reminiscing a bit these days. It has been such a wonderful adventure. I have enjoyed so many different experiences and I am so thankful for each one. I have grown as I've explored different parts of the country and myself. I've enjoyed getting to know new people, culture, and have visited all of the 7 provinces. Each one is unique and I want to share little bit of history of one and my travel stories there with you here.
Guanacaste is a region in the Northwest part of the country. Guanacaste Day, celebrated on July 25th, commemorates the annexation of the province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica, which occurred in 1824 – prior to this year, Guanacaste was part of Nicaragua. Due to the fact that Nicaragua was active in many civil wars at the time, Guanacaste’s inhabitants requested to be annexed to Costa Rica. The Central American Federation approved the annexation; so Guanacaste became a part of Costa Rica.
We had an acto civico assembly at school to celebrate. The kids dressed in their darling typical clothing and performed beautiful songs, dances, poetry, and my favorite: Bombas! Which are smart and hilarious anecdotes said at rapid speed and get a big reaction.
We had a lovely buffet of traditional food and drinks and enjoyed wonderful fellowship with all the students,teachers, and families.
I have traveled to Guanacaste twice this year. First with my friends Lisa and Jon for Thanksgiving! We stayed at the lovely and luxurious JW Marriott and loved the area of Tamarindo. We were there during a hurricane, yet it was all very Pura Vida. We ate sushi for Thanksgiving dinner, and enjoyed gorgeous sunsets, spa days, and swims at the beaches and pool. We loved exploring the area and seeing all the natural beauty and curated art and food around town.
My second visit was during Holy Week in April to meet friends and my cousin Adam. I explored a bit more of the area, venturing up the coast to Coco Beach, Playa Hermosa, Liberia, and Rincon de Vieja. There was fun around every corner. All the people I met were so friendly and gracious. The geography of the Province is very interesting. We trekked from dry, dessert like terrain to a gorgeous waterfall, hiked the foothills of the Rincon volcano through lush forests along the river, to giant steaming pot holes of boiling mud and sulfur, soaked in hot springs, took a mud bath, and were in awe of all the variety of wildlife and beauty. We saw parrots, spider monkies, howler congo monkies, spiders, and much more.
There are so many places to explore and I am happy to have covered alot of ground in Guanacaste. We get a day off school today to commemorate. I may spend it painting a few pictures inspired by my time there and go for a sea kayaking adventure.