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10 days of adventure in Costa Rica – part II

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After a rich breakfast in Selina we went off to Tamarindo, another famous beach in Costa Rica.
On our way there we discovered a huge pineapple plantation, another gorgeous beach and a restaurant where we had the best fish ever – La Ostra, located right on the side of the road.

As a result to all these pit stops we made it to Tamarindo pretty late at night, and encountered some pouring rain and an electricity blackout in the whole region. Pretty of bad news for a fresh welcome, right? Anyways, I grabbed my hand luggage in one hand and the flashlight in the other and made my way through inside our Selina Hotel accommodation. I wasn’t however very keen on carrying all my luggage inside, given the complete darkness and the unappealing mud we were walking in, so I postponed this trip for later on.

Photos by Rares Pulbere

selina tamarindo, costa rica

Selina Tamarindo, costa rica

In the meanwhile the electricity switched back on, the rain crumbled and so I decided to go get all my suitcases from the car that was parked in front of the hotel. But when we got to the car… Guess What? The window was broken and both suitcases were gone. GONE! With this being said, my big Costa Rica adventure had begun. Now the question was, how was I going to survive 7 days in a new and wild place with only the clothes I had on at hand and nothing more?!

Selina Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Fortunately – and I really do feel fortunate for this – I still had my ID, credit cards and equipment on me, so I think it was a true blessing that I wasn’t left without an ID in a foreign country after all. I was feeling really disappointed and sad while going through all my missing stuff in my head, trying to check on all the things I had lost, but at the same time thanking God I was left with the more important things.

Shopping was not on my To Do list, but given the circumstances, I found myself looking for open shops in the search for new clothes to change into. I finally found some black shorts (which you will hence see in most of my pics), 2 T-shirts, a swimsuit and a towel. The essentials for a week at the beach. Enough to feel fresh and lay on the beach all day long. All the fancy shootings I had in mind vanished the second I lost my suitcases, so I decided I would stick to photograph only the places I was about to visit. As makeup, I only bought a soap and some cleansing pads (nobody on the island knew what miscelar lotion even was), a sunblock cream and a lipgloss. With a touch of sunglasses and a hat I managed to even look nice and cool.

selina tamarindo, costa rica

Bottom line, Tamarindo is wonderful, and Selina is such a ‘hipstery’ places that reminds me dearly of the first location we stayed in, Venao.

The three days we spent here were so much more peaceful and relaxed – except the half day of shopping, we just hiked and discovered some savage beaches and amazing places around. One of my favourite memories will be, however, the breakfast on the sand at Nogui’s. That will definitely be top of the line in my Do It Again list.

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My daily breakfast!

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Our location was perfect for surfers and people seeking a nice vacation to lay back and relax. There are all kind of accommodation packages in Selina, including training camps and diverse classes. I’m tempted to send my son to camp there, or we could even go together if I think about it twice.
So after our three days of sunrays and chill time we wanted to change the scenery and headed towards the volcanos – not before I was inspired enough to get some boots and a new shirt for our next adventure. First stop: Rio Celeste.

rio celeste, costa rica

Because this one trip was not in our plans, we didn’t have any accommodation booked, so on our way there we found the Celeste Hideaway Hotel; a beautiful green oasis with rooms hidden between plants and balconies facing a botanical garden that made you want to stay there for weeks. Unfortunately for us it was just one night, but so worth it! The first wonder we came across was an imposing waterfall overflowing into a crystal clear river – a vision worthy of a postcard, which I would so want to repeat in the future.

rio celeste, costa rica

When we hit the road again, we still couldn’t get rid of the pouring rain that had accompanied us throughout almost the whole trip (don’t forget that the best time to visit Costa Rica is November-April).

Our next destination was Catarata Toro Amarillo, for which we had to surpass mountains and steep valleys for about two hours to get to our mini hotel, Villas Escondidas. Reason for which we even run out of gas, by the way. Thank God for a nice senor who was kind enough to sell us a couple of liters. As I told you, this vacation was anything but monotone.

catarata toro amarillo, costa rica

catarata toro amarillo, costa rica

So our last night approached and we headed to San Jose, where we did some last minute shopping to buy things we needed on the plane; and then straight home where we packed our things at 4 am and got ready for my 4 flights towards home. But the rest of the trip wasn’t that adventurous anymore, except for the big delay in Atlanta and hence almost missing the plane in New York – which is my favourite city in the world and despite my exhaustion I could still feel the positive vibes coming from this place.

new york

Well, one thing is for sure: I came back home determined to change something about my life, and this is what I did. However, I will tell you more about it in another post. Until then, Costa Rica still remains on my wishlist, because there is so much more to see and discover about that country, and I see myself having some big future plans related to Costa Rica.

So, guys… Collect memories!!!

Rio Celeste, costa rica

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10 zile de aventura in Costa Rica – II

Dupa mic dejunul copios de la Selina am plecat catre Tamarindo, o alta plaja supercunoscuta din Costa Rica.

Pe drumul spre plaja am descoperit o plantatie de ananasi imensa, o plaja superba si un restaurant unde am mancat cel mai bun peste. Se numeste La Ostra si este fix pe marginea drumului.

Asa se face ca, in Tamarindo am ajuns seara tarziu, ploua torential si curentul era cazut in toata regiunea. Am luat geanta de mana, trolerul mic ca sa ne cazam, tot la Selina Hostels. Cu o mana incercam sa imi luminez drumul, cu una sa tin de bagaje, dar am reusit. Ne-am cazat intr-un final si am reusit sa ne descoperim camera prin intuneric, asa ca am amanat putin sa luam valizele din masina. Intunericul si noroiul nu ma incantau atat de tare incat sa imi tarasc valiza.

selina tamarindo, costa rica

selina tamarindo, costa rica

In cele din urma lumina a venit, ploaia s-a mai potolit, dar cand am ajuns la masina, care era parcata in fata hostelului….surprizaaaa!!! Geamul de la masina spart si ambele valize lipsa. Si uite asa a inceput adevarata mea aventura in Costa Rica. Cum sa supravietuiesti inca 7 zile doar cu hainele de pe tine, fara creme, machiaje, etc?

Din fericire si chiar cred din suflet, faptul ca am ramas cu acte, carduri si aparatura a fost o binecuvantare. Stiu ce inseamna sa ramai fara acte in alta tara si nu este tocmai placut. Asa ca in afara de faptul ca nu reuseam sa ma minunez de ce mi s-a intamplat, nu am avut momente de nervozitate. Eram suparata, incercam sa evaluez cate lucruri am pierdut, dar in acelasi timp multumeam in gand ca am reusit sa salvez lucrurile mai importante.

selina tamarindo, costa rica

Si chiar daca nu am avut shopping in planurile mele, a doua zi am incercat sa gasesc ceva deschis, ca sa imi cumpar macar ceva de schimb. Am gasit in cele din urma niste pantaloni scurti negri, pe care o sa ii vedeti in mare parte din poze, 2 tricouri, un costum de baie si un prosop. Suficient cat sa fiu fresh si sa stau la plaja. Shootingurile fancy, cu tinute diverse s-au terminat din acest moment si m-am rezumat doar la a ilustra locurile vizitate. Ca si machiaje am cumparat un sapun si discuri demachiante ( de lotiune micelara nici nu auzisera in zona), crema de soare si un glos. Am reusit sa arat decent cu ochelari, palarie, o sapca🙈

rio celeste, costa rica

Una peste alta, Tamarindo este chiar frumos, iar Selina este un loc hipsteresc, care imi aduce aminte cu drag de locatia din Venao.(prima locatie, in care am stat la Selina si se afla in Panama)

Cele 3 zile petrecute aici au fost mult mai linistite. In afara de jumatate de zi de shopping si plaja, am descoperit o zona superba, perfecta si pentru plaja, dar si pt pozele cu drona. Aaa si sa nu uit de diminetile perfecte cu mic dejun pe nisip la Nogui.

Zona este perfecta pentru cei care vor sa invete surf si sa se relaxeze. La Selina sunt tot felul de pachete de cazare, mancare si cursuri si ma bate gandul sa il trimit pe Harry acolo la training. Sau poate mergem impreuna😊

costa rica

Dupa cele 3 zile de plaje am zis ca e timpul sa schimbam peisajul, asa ca ne-am indreptat catre zona de vulcani, cascade si am inceput cu Rio Celeste. Dar inainte de asta am mai facut putin shopping bineinteles; bocanci si un nou tricou 😀

In drum spre Rio Celeste am cautat si cazare, pentru ca nu era planificat si am dat peste un hotel superb. Rio Celeste Hideway Hotel este o oaza de verdeata, cu camere ascunse si gradina botanica pe balcon. As fi stat o saptamana acolo.

rio celeste, costa rica

Din pacate a fost doar o noapte, iar la prima ora am plecat sa descoperim acest rau de un albastru turquoise si o cascada impresionanta. Drumul pana acolo, ploaia torentiala venita din senin si peisajul a fost o experienta unica, pe care imi doresc cu siguranta sa o repet.

rio celeste, costa rica

rio celeste, costa rica

Si din nou la drum. De data aceasta catre Catarata Toro Amarillo. De fapt erau mai multe in plan, dar cum ploia isi facea de cap nu am reusit (nu uitati ca cea mai buna perioada de vizitat Costa Rica este noiembrie-aprilie)

catarata toro amarillo, costa rica

catarata toro amarillo, costa rica

Am gasit un mini hotel Villas Escondidas, destul de aproape, dar tot am facut 2 ore pana acolo, pentru ca a trebuit sa trecem muntii, iar pantele erau ceva infricosator. Motiv pt care am ramas si fara benzina, dar am gasit un senor dragut care ne-a vandut cativa litrii. V-am spus ca vacanta asta a fost despre orice, numai nu despre monotonie.

catarata toro amarillo, costa rica

Si dupa atatea peripetii a venit si timpul sa ne indreptam spre San Jose, pentru ultima noapte inainte de zbor. Putin shopping inainte bineinteles, ca sa avem cu ce sa ne schimbam pe avion, bagaje si la ora 4 dimineata in picioare, „pregatita” pentru cele 4 zboruri pana acasa.

In afara de faptul ca am avut intarziere cateva ore bune in Atlanta si era sa pierdem avionul din NY nu s-a mai intamplat nimic, sa stiti. 😂

atlanta airport

Cat despre NY, orasul meu de suflet, a trebuit sa ma ciupesc ca sa realizez ca sunt acolo si nu visez (atat eram de obosita), dar intotdeauna orasul asta imi da energie si un vibe pozitiv.

new york

new york

Asa ca am venit acasa hotarata sa schimb ceva la viata mea si asta am si facut. Dar despre asta poate o sa va povestesc intr-un alt post si anume ca nu toate lucrurile sunt asa roz cum se vad in poze.

Costa Rica, insa a ramas o destinatie viitoare, pentru ca simt, ca nu am apucat sa vad mare lucru din ceea ce are de oferit. Mai am cateva planuri marete privind aceasta tara.

Collect memories my dears!

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