Holร !I figured it’s about time I write a post… I’ve been in Lake Arenal region for almost two months now! Time is flying by! 

I’ve been busy exploring this beautiful area, working at the brewery, taking pictures, reading, enjoying the sun, catching frogs, watching crazy electric storms and much more! I never thought this country could still amaze me after spending over five months travelling it, but it definitely still does! Every day, there is something that makes me smile… I feel lucky to be here! 

I have tons of pictures to share with you. Let me start with my latest adventure: visiting Costa Rica’s most haunted building – Sanatorio Duran!

This place used to be a hospital for tuberculosis patients in the early 1900’s. It’s been abandoned since the 60’s and now a cool, spooky attraction.

Now, before you give me credits for these pictures, I didn’t take them… I didn’t have my camera that day, but an awesome girl named Jenny sent me all her pics of our time there! Thanks girl ๐Ÿ˜Š your pictures are amazing ๐Ÿ˜˜


Stay tuned for more pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

Pura vida!

Adelita xx

Costa Rica version 2.0

Hola! It’s been a while! ๐Ÿ™‚

After spending an awesome time on vacation with my girlfriends in February, I spent the month of March back home in Montreal.

Mother Nature was waiting for me to show me how crazy she could be, probably just in case I forgot. *rolling my eyes* – like I needed a reminder!  Anyway, she prepared some -30C temperatures for me and she wipped-up the storm of the century, giving us over 50cm of snow in a single serving! But she wasn’t crazy all month – I guess she got tired.

I took the time back home to see my friends, family, eat poutine and all sorts of things I had missed.  I also had some serious things to do, like prepare for this trip, sell some furniture and store the rest of my belongings in a locker.  I officially do not own anything other than what I could fit in a small storage locker!

And now I’m back in Costa Rica, on a new adventure! I’m going to be volunteering in a Hotel & Restaurant/Brewery as hostess.  What’s cool about this place is that they are sustainable!  They are powered by solar power, they have a farm, they produce milk and cheeses, they have pigs (and piglets!), their grounds are beautiful and are over 13 hectors.  Here are a few pictures!

The hotel grounds:

Part of the farm:

Beautiful Lake Arenal:

Andโ€ฆmy close encounter with howler monkeys!!

Pura vida!

Adelita xx

My last day working at the hostel!

I arrived in Costa Rica on November 30th, 2016. When I type this date, it seems like such a long time ago … it’s actually 76 days ago. I mean, in a lifetime, 76 days doesn’t seem significant. But in those 76 days, I have lived a totally different life and THAT amounts to a whole lot! I mean, who has (or takes) the chance to do that in a lifetime?
Looking back at who I was when I first got here and how I was feeling versus who and how I am today, after this “insignificant” amount of days, I see some changes – good ones. I guess living in the land of Pura Vida is bound to have that effect on someone. 

But it wasn’t all pink. As it should! No life, no matter where you are, is supposed to be all pink. You need some gray in there to appreciate the good, the pink.

Although I have enjoyed this trip, I feel that I’m not done with this experience yet! As of tomorrow morning, I will be travelling with friends across the Central Valley and the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for two weeks. Then I will go back home, see my friends and family, take care of a few things and come back to this wonderful place. I have to say, I have a serious crush on the Osa Peninsula area and the hostel lifestyle.

I will try to post pictures soon – I have great ones and can’t wait to share with you all!

Pura Vida!

Adelita xx

Pacific Coast Pictures!

Hola! ๐Ÿ˜Š
I’m so behind on sharing pictures with you – Sorry!  I selected a few from my time off over the holidays and when I went kayaking in early January.  

The adventure began when I took a small charter plane to meet up with my sister on Christmas Day.  Saw amazing scenery on the way!  Here’s the bird’s eye view of Marino Ballena National Park (in Uvita). 


First, we explored mangroves by boat near Quepos.  Here is a timelapse video along with a few pictures of creatures we saw.  Oh, the monkeys actually came on our shoulders to eat bananas!  Such a cool experience…I LOVE monkeys ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜

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Next we went to Manuel Antonio National Park!  We got there early to avoid the crowds (this Park attracts A LOT of people, especially during the holidays).  We got to see lots, but only a few pics made the cut to be on my blog (my camera doesn’t always feel like cooperating).


After that, we headed to Dominical for some surfing lessons *clearing throat* well, not me… I prefer the non-physical activities lol.  But my sister did and she was awesome!!  I snapped a shot of her at the end of her 1st session.  She was so happy and proud and exhausted, it was great to see her like that!


Uvita was our last stop, we spent a few hours chilling at Marino Ballena National Park.  You saw what it looked like from the air… now you see how the beach is amazing (and huge!) especially at low tide. 


I must also include a pictures of a sunset…  


And this one! My sister walking along a beach at sunset. I love it because it shows how the beaches are mirror-like when the tide slowly rises!


Lastly, here are pictures of when I went kayaking in the beautiful Golfo Dulce (Osa Peninsula) on one of my days off! 

That’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed the post.

Pura Vida,

Adelita โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

Feliz Aรฑo Nuevo!

First of all, Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone’s holidays were filled with love, happiness and all sorts of good things!
As for me, I was lucky enough to have my sister come visit with her boyfriend and his mother! I met up with them on Christmas day and spent a few days travelling down the pacific coast with them, slowly making our way to the hostel where I work. They then went on tours, explored the surroundings, saw the place I call home and got a sense of how I spend my days here. Being able to spend the holidays with loved ones, as traditionally done, made me happy! Being alone would have sucked major balls. (Yeah, I said it. lol)

Another holiday tradition we have is to take the time to reflect on the past year, assess our lives and ourselves, and try to make changes to grow in a happier and better life. Sometimes, making changes to our lives can be a scary thing. I, for one, made a big change in my life recently and I have zero regrets. I’m not sure where this will lead, but I know it will lead to a different me. And difference is growth!

I recently read a quote that really inspired me to embrasse the ambiguity of change and of life in general: 

“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

I truly believe that sometimes we overthink things, make them bigger, scarier than they should be. And sometimes, you don’t necessarily need a detailed planned to make a move! In 2016, I have made sacrifices, I have cried, I found my ideas to be stupid at some points, I was, at other times, really psyched and excited about them and the unknown, I questioned and re-questioned myself…and then I did it! Quit my job, gave up my apartment, sold my car and whatever furniture I could, bought my ticket and took the first step to trying something completely different.

I can only wish you all the same, may it be with a small or a big change in your life….take the first step and who knows what may come out of it! If you don’t try, you’ll never know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So for 2017, I will continue to build a happier and better life. I will stick to my values and surround myself with the things and people that make me happy! 

Peace โœŒ๏ธ, Love โค and Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท

P.S. I will post pictures this week with small blurbs. I just had to get this “deeper” post off my chest! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Adelita xx 

Three weeks into my trip!

I’ve been in my new home for three weeks now. It actually feels like I’ve been here for longer…

I met so many great people who stayed at the hostel.  My ties with my host family have gotten stronger, more family-like.  My Spanish skills have improved (getting used to their accent here was quite the challenge for me). I’m starting to be a familiar face to the grocery store staff and to some neighbours who always seem to be outside when I walk by… Amicable “Holร ! Buenos dรญas!” are now exchanged with friendly smiles.  I have taken on new tasks at the hostel. I got used to everyday life here and the culture – appreciating its differences and simplicities. I got used to (sort of) the bugs, the barking dogs, etc.

There are some things that you just don’t get used, though: the birds, the beauty of the jungle and the sounds of howler monkeys, to name a few.  I still hold my breath every time I hear them, not to miss a decibel. Fun fact: did you know you could hear howlers up to 5km away?

On another note, I finally spent a few hours at the beach yesterday (first time since I’m here!) to catch some rays and relax with a book and some chips. I splurged and bought a tube of Pringles which cost about 6$ here! I have to say, having such expensive chips is a good method of craving-control! 

Since I didn’t really take any pictures since my last post, here are shots of my time at the beach yesterday with my awesome Pura Vida hat (which I got for free when I bought beer). Lol 

Pura Vida y Feliz Navidad! 

Adelita


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Corcovado

This past Wednesday, I spent the day in Corcovado National Park. What an incredible place to be in! It’s my second time visiting this protected land and each time, a smile is plastered on my face the entire time I’m in there! I feel like a kid who is amazed by everything! My senses are hyped up: I try to notice every leaf or branch that trembles, struggling to look in every possible direction each step I take without face-planting! I breath-in and analyse all the nuances in smell, which could indicate that an animal is nearby. My ears are erect in hope of detecting amazing creatures over the sound of crashing waves as we walk along the pacific coast…WHAT.A.RUSH!!! 

Did you know that National Geographic has described Corcovado as “the most biologically intense place on Earth”?

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/best_place_species/current_top_10/corcovado_national_park.cfm

The park is located in a remote area, making it – in my eyes – that much more special! Leaving from Puerto Jimรฉnez at the break of dawn to drive 42 km on bumpy dirt roads, crossing five rivers (yes, we drove through rivers!), we got to the furthest point the vehicule could take us. We then hiked for about an hour to finally get to the Park. Our point of entry: La Leona ranger station. After signing-in, we spent the day walking about 14 km through the jungle, taking off our shoes to walk across rivers, and walked some parts on the beach under the scorching sun.

Although I was hoping with all my might to see a tapir, a puma or even one of the rare jaguars, we weren’t that lucky – this time! Lol. Nonetheless, we saw loads of cool stuff. Here are some of my best pics… Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Adelita
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