Archive for May, 2010

Waking up in a Cloud

Today I woke up in a cloud for the third day in a row.. I think the rainy season has truly started over here now, with chillier air, rainy days and nights as well as clouds everywhere.

Our mountain looks like it is being smothered by a cloud on most days. On other days it looks and feels like a brewing witch’s cauldron, with smoke slowly creeping over the edges and spilling into the valley.

I didn’t realise how cold it would get over here.. Its feels much more wintery, with the temperature having dropped to around 18 degrees, even lower at night, and with the humidity it actually feels just like a slightly warmer version of London. Great. Escape from London weather straight into its Costa Rican counterpart.

So this weekend I am flying to New York to renew my visa and to visit my lovely friend Carolina, and I guess I should say enjoy the lovely early summer weather of the northern hemisphere..

I am very much looking forward to a quick trip to the concrete jungle and to all the shopping I am planning to do. Sadly, for me it will be warm clothes and woolly sweaters all the way instead of the summery dresses the rest of the city will be enjoying.

Tea Time

Following my break up with coffee last October, it did not take very long before I had a new liquid infatuation.. Tea. 

Nowadays, I am happily sipping tea all day long, varying between green tea, white tea, mint infusions and the occational Oolong tea. And I must say, I am feeling better than ever.

Going from a Latte Loving, Hyperactive Coffee Addict to a much more “serene and calm” (Yes, yes I know what all of you who know me are thinking, but there has definitely been a difference!) tea drinker has done wonders for my ADHD tendencies as well as the well being of my tummy and nerves. I can’t say I dont miss coffee, I do have moments when I would love to just run to Starbucks and demand a Tall Soya Latte or a Caramel Frappuccino Light, but these moments are actually few and far between nowadays.

Nowadays I crave a lovely cup of green tea in the morning, a refreshing cup of mint tea after lunch and a few random cups strewn out across the day to keep my tea levels topped up, the smile on my face and my internal calm when faced with the challenges life blesses us with.

Over here I have found a new favourite, the local “Manza Te” brand that sells a lovely green tea and a beautiful mint infusion. But I must say, I do miss my Dr Stuart’s Echinacea tea and a few other ones that I used to drink in the UK, so tea is one thing I am definitely stocking up on when I go there next. Then again, thanks to having been thrown into a new country, you end up trying new things and hence also finding new treasures, such as the Celestial Cinnamon and Apple tea, an absolutely gorgeously warming flavour that is perfect before going to bed..

With so many wonderful flavours, so many great health benefits and the blissful feeling one gets while sipping a lovely cup, its no wonder that the West European retail market for tea has been growing annually by about 3.5 percent over the last decade, hitting the €4 billion mark in 2009 according to the market research firm Euromonitor International, and I bet this figure will keep growing.. At least I will happily keep sipping and supporting!

Tears of Frustration

I think I have gotten over it now. At least I will try to talk about it. I feel a bit calmer about the whole thing at least.. Although I guess the true test will come this weekend when I get to see if I really have overcome it..

I had one of my worst ever surf experiences last weekend. And it wasn’t even just ONE day, it was BOTH days! The whole weekend!! I couldn’t catch the stupid waves, they just trashed me around, they tried to drown me and if that didn’t work they just tried to abuse me.. And the worse part of it, I was just scared of them, even if it was one of the nicest and easiest days that we have experienced during our whole time here! Argh. I was so pissed off at myself, the waves, the board, the waves.. Actually at everything and anything that came into my way.

I learned an interesting fact about myself though, I have not managed to get rid of my animal instinct of showing anger and aggression when threatened or scared.. So unfortunately I snapped at J as well whenever he was in ear shot (at least it feels like that..) And I have not cried that much out of frustration since I was studying Econometrics at Uni..

J says its natural to have days like that.. He says he went through it as well.. Looking at how good he is on a board, I slightly doubt that.. But I guess he might be right. I am just slightly pissed off for having had to have a day like that on what should have been one of the best days for surfing for me as a beginner. Argh.

Well, better luck this weekend I guess. If I manage to overcome this annoying fear of the waves habit I have picked up… I managed to get over my frustration about Econometrics, but that was mainly since I didn’t have to do any more of it after third year at Uni.. I don’t really want Surfing to go down that route though!

Wet season in Costa Rica

Apparently the wet season is almost upon us. I say apparently since none of my colleagues agree with me that it might actually, really be rain season already.. They say the worse is still to come, and once its here it will last till November. Yikes. And I was complaining about the rain in London…

I dont mind the rain over here.. Yet.

I have completely accepted the fact that I am fickle. I fall for things and I fall out with things on a daily basis. To stick to the subject, one day I adore the rain, yet the next day I can be cursing its very existence. Its funny how summer rain can be so much more appealing than winter rain, while London rain can be so much worse than Barcelona rain. Its all in your mind I keep telling myself. And so it usually is. A gorgeous day gets tainted by a melancholy mood while a cold rainy night can be the most beautiful thing if you are in the right mood. Everything is in our own heads.

Costa Rica is looking more lush by the day. The rain has brought new nuances of green to the forest and the amount of animals that are coming out to celebrate the arrival of the rain is just incredible. Its almost like the bugs and insects also grow when subjected to a bit of rain. Unfortunately I must say I am a bit reluctant to join the celebrations – mainly since I am not as much of an insect lover as J and could happily live with no interaction with arthropods of any kind.

Leaving the topic of troubles related to hair styling in the rain aside, I do adore the rain. Especially here. It comes with force, hits you like a bucket of water thrown over you and takes you by surprise most days. I cannot wait to experience the real rain season. Well, actually, let me get back to you on that one in a few weeks when I have truly had the privilege of seeing Costa Rica during off season.