Archive for March, 2010

Pura Vida en Costa Rica

As of the 5th March I am now stationed in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. At the end of 2009 I found a job within my industry that offered me great professional possibilities but over on the sunny shores of Costa Rica instead of in rainy and cold London, so after some internal discussions with my boyfriend we decided to pack up our stuff and go. And I must say, we have not looked back yet!

The first week here was absolutely fantastic, actually the first 48hours were already so incredible that the following 5 days of working and finding our feet in Santa Ana were very much appreciated for its breathing space it provided before yet another fabulous weekend on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

We have set up camp temporarily at Avalon Country Club in Santa Ana via my new company. The one bedroom flat is nice but a bit too small for us and the four surfboards we brought with us so we immediately started looking into other options, both for the flat as well as for a car. The rental car we had going for the first week was excellent as it took us out and about as well as offered us a great opportunity to explore other housing alternatives. It was on one of these exploration drives that we came across Montaña del Sol, a fabulous little community on the Santa Ana mountain just around the corner from my work. The guard let us know about a fantastic house halfway up the mountain that was for rent, and we decided to go for a look.

The first house was a 2 bedroom house with a mirador. Absolutely fantastic massive windows and great open space design.. And jungle as soon as you stepped outside the door. Joel was crawling underneath the house as soon as he had a chance, looking for random animals and creatures of the wilderness..

Having had a chat with the owners, an 86 year old artist and doctor from Holland and his 79  year old Korean wife who was also a doctor, we requested to see their second property that they had for rent. This was a larger 3 bedroom house on the same property, but with a 1500m2 garden of pure jungle to go with it… Needless to say we walked in the door of Roca Linda and fell in love with it. The house is mad! Both from the point of view of having fabulous nooks and crannies within the massive open space first floor with its floor to ceiling windows, all the way to the quirky colour pallette and design elements all over the place.

The house also featured a spiral staircase down to the three bedrooms as well as another one up to the beautiful mirador with 360 degree views of the mountains and the Santa Ana valley.. We are considering making this our yoga studio.. How fabulously opulent! 

So following our first week here we have already managed to sort ourselves out with a car, we bought a green Ford Escape off my new boss, and agreed on renting a house starting on the 27th March.. Just in time for a long Easter weekend either at home or then out and about Costa Rica.

Having investigated Playa Bejuco, Esterillos Este and Esterillos Oeste during the first two weekends in Costa Rica, the following weekends will be invested in further explorations of the central valley area. But whatever the plan, there will obviously still be a Saturday morning surf involved in the plans..

I am little by little getting better at the surfing. My first weekend here and the first dip in the ocean was not a massive success. I did not manage to even get up on my new proxy board.. however cute it is with its neon green frame around the edges, it was just not really working well with my lousy balance.. I cannot believe how unstable I felt on it compared to the swellie I had been using up till then! But last weekend was absolutely fantastic… I managed to pop on the first wave that came my way! It was just fabulous!

Unfortunately my skin is still a bit too winter white… With 25 protection on, 2 hours in the sun was quite enough for me and I managed to burn my bum as well as get fabulous t-shirt tan lines. Hmm.. I cant wait till my skin is a bit more used to the heat and the sun!

But for now, I am just working on getting settled and relaxing into our new lifestyle in the sun. For the following two weeks I will be starting the day with a swim in the country club pool then having some fresh fruit and a yoghurt or cereal for breakfast before happily heading off to work. Hopefully this will get me in great shape for my new exercise routines up on the mountain where a simple morning run will mean running up the mountain from our mere 800 metres to the top at 1200 metres.