25.12.2009 - 03.01.2010
Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is to wake up and it be dec 26th.
I met my family in Florida for Christmas for several reasons. It was too expensive to go back to NY,too cold and snowy there and I didn't have any warm clothes, if I went home I'd inevitably upset people that I didn't have time to see or call, I would be stressed trying to tie up loose ends, and last and most important reason..this being the first Christmas without my brother and the pervious Christmas being the last time I had seen him, I knew it was going to be a rough ride. I figured if we had a change of setting it would feel less like Christmas and therefore easier to cope. I'm glad that we made that decision though I cant say Christmas was joyful or merry. This Christmas there was no tree, no smiles...
I flew to San Jose Costa Rica on Christmas day. I went with absolutely no plan. The past few weeks had been so scheduled and planned I needed to just show up and take it from there...although Xmas day was probably not the day for spontaneity. Everything was closed so I just found a hotel nearest the bus terminal. San Jose is a dodgy city and I had no desire to explore it. Emotionally drained from Xmas and physically exhausted..I set my alarm for 5am in hopes to catch the first bus to the Nicoya peninsula, pacific coast.
I had been to CR a few years back and wanted to see a different part of it. I wanted to go to the Osa peninsula but it is quite far. I decided instead to go to Santa Teresa. It was peak season and I spent three hours the night before trying to find a room in a hotel or hostel and everything was booked. The only thing I found was an oceanfront cabina on the beach.
Over budget but with no other choices I moved into my new beach house. Santa Teresa is a beautiful beach. Far from pristine raked white sand, this beach is raw and natural..littered with driftwood and sea grass. The trees encroaching on the tawny sand. Rough surf makes it a playground for surfers. I took the opportunity to do nothing and be ok with that which for me is a difficult task.
I witnessed the most magnificent sunset on my first night there. Like nothing I have ever seen. The sun, a perfect sphere with defined borders, crimson in color (although it looks pink in the photos it was actually a deep red), descending rapidly in the cloudless sky, like a balloon. Swallowed up by the horizon.
I arrived in Tamarindo..a touristy surf town and went to the hostel that we had reserved. It exceeded my expectations of a hostel with its hammocks, pool and laid back vibe. I was immediately welcomed by David who was at the desk. I became fast friends with Mike and Josh, two cool guys from Toronto. I explored town with them until Dawn arrived. Dawn is a friend of mine from NY that I met at a speech therapy conference. She is living in CR studying at the University for Peace.
It was NYE and what better way than to ring in 2010 than on the beach under a blue moon?! I don't know why I have spent all previous NYE in bone chilling NY. This is the way to do it!.
We spent the next few days relaxing on the beach, dancing salsa and proving to those a decade younger that there is life after 30.