Friday, April 18, 2014

Costa Rica Honeymoon Update

Married life is tough, what can I say. Ive been walking around telling people I am now qualified as a seasoned veteran of marriage, a sage if you will. You need marriage advice, you know where to turn. Tomorrow marks one week from the magnificent day and as you know, that is quite a few hours of married time under my belt. okay, okay....Im a novice, but I cant say Im off to a bad start! I am writing this from Costa Rica, Moneverde specifically. Ash and I have just enjoyed the most magnificent two days that it is hard to describe just how glorious they were. For starters, thanks to those who were at our wedding for making it so surreal and so warm, fun, and jovial. The chair dancing was epic. The weather was warm and breezy. The dancing was hilarious and the toasts were heartfelt and poignant. We are blessed to have your presence so thank you all who attended. The next morning was Sunday and Ash and I spent the night in the honeymoon suite (her folks treated us to it!). We woke up around 8 and turned on the jacuzzi in our room. And we fed each other chocolate strawberries and sipped champagne which was chilling on ice from the night before. Gotta say, we started marriage off on the right foot! We were in heaven. We relaxed for about an hour just rehashing the previous night and all the numerous memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives. So happy. So content. So lucky and grateful. Anyway, we eventually made our way to the airport by Monday morning at 530AM to jet off to Costa Rica. It was sad to depart our friends and faimly but we were happy to be off to our honeymoon. We spent the first two nights exploring San Jose, the capital. Not half bad, better than people had told us. We visited the national museum and some famous churches and parks. Ate some delicious churros along the way too. The following two nights we spent in Arenal. That place. Is. Spec. Tac. Ular. Wow. We had two of the most extraordinary days of our lives. We witnessed a sunset that faded for an hour shades of pink, rose, orange, white, baby blue, maroon. You name it. That night we stopped by a natural hot springs area that was lit up entirely by candlelight. Holy moly. The water was flowing strong and we lied in the heat, letting us caress our skin and contour to our bodies. They also provided some bebidos for good measure! Before that we hiked the Arenal Volcano and admired the many birds and trees and plants we saw on the way. It was a magical day. Im very short of time or i would go into great detail as it is warranted. The next day in Arenal was one of the best days of our lives. We took a taxi to Cerra Chato which is a smaller volcano which looks up at its big brother. The hike was brutal. So tough. One of the hardest Ive done. IT was slippery and steep and our shoes were sliding over the terrain like on ice. The jumps were long and flexibility was of mucho importance. After an hour and a half we were rewarded with a climb down into a lagoon that was about 68 degrees of pure bliss aqua. The beauty is breathtaking. Its a bit like the movie The Beach with Leo DicAprio to give you an idea of what it was like. I swam from one side to the other. I was gleaming with joy. It was euphoric feeling all the sweat wash away to be replaced by refreshing water. Wow, cant say enough good things about that. I would hike that everyday to experience that lagoon. We made it down the bottom and quickly went to a waterfall La Fortuna. As if we were being swooned by millionaires this waterfall offered its own array of beauty. We stepped down a few hundred steps and saw a 80 foot waterfall pummeling the water below. I swam as close as I could next to it but the current and force of the water made that quite a challenge! We took some photos so be on the lookout for that next week. Sidenote ' also be on the lookout for the WAshington Post as we are supposed to be featured this SUnday! Will be awesome if it happens! After we basked in the glory of our waterfall and private lagoon we had another rough married life endeavor to accomplish. Chocolate Tour. And if you know me...even a little you know that my love for chocolate is enormous. If I had to choose between Ash and chocolate Id have to think about it. lol jk. WE learned all about cocoa and the process and devoured the most delicious homemade chocolate you can imagine. That night we went to the hotel bar for happy hour and ate nachos and chickend wings and tasty local beer called imperial. It was such a magical day....married life aint easy folks. Im telling ya. Hope to post more in a few...til then....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, you two got it way too rough, how do you stand it? Sounds as though you guys are wearing one another out with the climbing, swimming,night life and cultural immersion. Hope you have some time to relax before you hit the asphalt in D.C.
I'm impressed that you are doing so much and finding out the beauty of Costa Rica and each other. It will be wonderful to see some photos of the trip and the wedding as well.
Glad you are sampling the food and drink because that is a great way to get the feel of what the locals enjoy.
Stay cool and ENJOY!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you could not have had a more delightful wedding. Congratulations to both of you. The Washington Post article is great! Good colored pics, too! Plan to get to Costa Rica someday myself. Want to check out that cocoa spot. Keep on having fun!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Great post in the Post! Happy Honeymooning!

Anonymous said...

Now that you are officially married and in the paper to boot, after this honeymoon will you be ready to get back to reality like the rest of us. It may be a bit of a challenge, you know. Loved hearing about your honeymoon.

Anonymous said...

Are you guys ready yet to become ex-pats? Shut it all aside for the beach/mountain lifestyle? Grow some pineapples and chew beetleroot? Your teeth might get a bit stained but hey that's the price for the tan lines.
Actually I am totally jealous and just don't know why I couldn't have gone along with you..........

Anonymous said...

When do we get some photos of the wedding and 'moon'? With all your adventures it seems you should consider writing travel books ala Bill Bryson . Every time I pick up a newspaper or mag. half the articles seem to be about travel. I think changing location alters our perspective not just on the world but ourselves and how we fit into the universe.