On Christmas Eve I finally got to see my dad again. Back then I didn’t know what a great week was ahead of me. A great week with some ups and downs…
They picked me up at the hotel in Samara that I had been working in for the last six weeks. After showing them around the property we headed off to San Juanillo, a very small fishermen town that is known for its unusual beach shape. The accomodation we stayed in for three nights was extremely cozy and very private with an amazing small backyard and a beach/ jungle view. In the next days we went to San Juanillo Beach and another beautiful beach a bit further north. If you’re not in the mood for just seeing tons of beautiful beaches then Costa Ricas coast might not be for you. There are small towns that do have more to offer then just beaches but yeah mostly just beaches. I think that my dad and his wife Kathleen did not realise that at first because they seemed slightly disappointed to me in the beginning. If you want more adventure stay around San Jose in the centre of Costa Rica you will have way more to do there. What exactly will follow in my next post..
The view from our little house in San Juanillo. Surrounded by the jungle and its sounds
The beach of San Juanillo with its special shape that opens up to the sea on both sides
My dad and his wife Kathleen looking super cute
In San Juanillo you didn’t have many food options. To be exact you could either go to a restaurant that belonged to a hotel or a Soda. We tried both and ‘Wow’. This Soda was absolutely incredible! I have now been to a few Sodas and this was by far the best. They had a huge selection of different types of food and what let my heart beat faster was that they had lots of vegetarian options.
Playa Pitahaya with my dad being childish haha
After two very relaxed days with many interesting discussions about life from three different perspectives we headed to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. We had to make a stop in Liberia first to drop off the car and continue the trip by bus. Everything went ideal and the bus ride was realxed as well. And then we came to the border… First of all they took 25 dollars from each of us but in a smart way. That means they would ask for small amounts three times and have different explanations each time. Let’s just say we were relieved when we finally made it to San Juan del Sur at the coast of Nicaragua.
The hotel we stayed in was incredibly beautiful. We had a bungalow with two floors and a terrace.
Again we had two full days to explore and the first day was spent in the city/town of San Juan del Sur. After being in mini towns for three months the size of San Juan del Sur impressed me. After an hour we seperated because there was a bit tension between all of us and it was for the greater good that I would spend some time alone and they as well. So I walked along the beach, had coffee, smoothies, ice cream and just enjoyed the streets of San Juan del Sur.
The best thing to say about Nicaragua is that everything is sooo cheap! In Costa Rica I was confronted with prices like in Europe but Nicaragua finally showed me the opposite site where you could eat and drink out all day without paying more then 10 dollars. And everybody who knows me knows that I was in those fancy hipster cafes and restaurants that are considered for being more expensive. So just imagine what I would’ve spent in a day if I would’ve eaten out in cheap places! At 2pm we all got together again and our souls were calmed down again. The rest of the day was spent at the pool, the bar and in our rooms.
The next day only my dad and I went to the city again to walk up the hill to a big statue of I think Jesus (something religious, sorry for all the believers out there). I was so happy to spend some alone/quality time with my dad and had lots of fun on the way up and down.
We spent the rest of our time in the city with playing Jenga and talking like in the good old time…
Though it wasn’t a long way up there it was steep
But being blessed with that view even on the way up made it worth it
It’s always nice walking up a hill to see a statue and then be confronted with a fee
The old man needed to relax for a second a nearly missed the view behind him
The view on San Juanillo
And so our time in Nicaragua ended and we headed back to Nosara…..
We only had 1.5 days in Nosara so it was important for me to show them the best places there but also spend time with the people I knew there like Lisa, my best friend in Costa Rica that I visited every two weeks while I was in Samara. I was so lucky to be able to sleep on Chungs couch again who needs to be mentioned here as one of the most generous people I’ve ever met!
I showed them the beach of Playa Guiones, the “artsy” part in North Guiones and the shopping places in Central Guiones more on that will follow on an extra blog for Playa Guiones.
But we did spent most of our time there with playing the best card game ever. Wizard! A big thanks again to Henrik who gave me this game. We got so obsessed that we would just change locations throughout the day to have some change while playing the game. From a coffee to an Apetizer to Dinner while playing the game.
But this is the vibe that Guiones portrays. Even if you’re a person like my dad that gets bored fastly and wants to do something different every minute you will kind of find your inner circle there (ok thats a bit exaggerated) and just be able to relax.
On the last day of 2018 we had Dinner at the Peruvian Restaurant from a friend of mine and waited for 00:00 afterwards. Sadly my dad and Kathleen got tired at 10pm and decided to sleep into 2019 so I stayed at the restaurant and waited for Lisa to finish her shift. At around 11pm we went to the beach with Danny and a friend of him from Canada (I’m bad with names I know) to go to a bonfire. I never expected this night to be so mindblowing, fun and magical all at once…
We reached the bonfire and it wasn’t that huge but there were like 70 people around it which made it impressive. We sat down in the sand and I watched how the DJ set up his table. And then the music started. At first a calming voice started talking about life and how to be the best version of yourself in a spiritual way. Not for everybody but I really liked the request to live more for yourself and enjoy the moment as it is. Then a kind of Indie/electronic/techno/spiritual music started that just fit the situation perfectly. Our small group soon split up and I found myself in the middle of people dancing/vibing to the music.
I looked up to the clear sky, then to the calm water and then to the people around me.
For the first time in my life I felt like I was surrounded by people that were not acting to impress but just for being themselves and doing what their soul told them to. That made me feel so comfortable that I didn’t feel alone anymore or awkward because I didn’t have friends around me.
Suddenly people were counting down towards zero and it was New Year.
I needed to process it at first that I had not spent this moment with family or friends but by myself.
And why should have I?
This was the perfect start to a New Year leading to more confidence, self-determination and the expectation to follow my dreams…
Of course I went and searched for Lisa and the others and enjoyed the firework with them but I soon felt the urge to go back in the crowd, dance and let the positive vibes move me.
The next day my Dad, Kathleen and I left Playa Guiones (which was way harder for me then many might think) and headed for La Fortuna where my next adventure awaited for me…