Saturday, February 1, 2014

1 year Anniversary

I cannot believe that it has already been a year since out wedding. In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday, but in others it feels so far away. John and I have had such an amazing first year of marriage,  it will be such a fun adventure to see where the future takes us.

We decided to go back to The Governor to celebrate. The Governor exceeded out expectations for our wedding and they did the same thing for our anniversary (even though they have recently been bought out). When we arrived we were told that we were upgrade to the penthouse suit we had for our wedding. (A pretty great deal since it was 375+ per night).

As we walked the halls to our room I was flooded with memories of our wedding day. Getting ready with all my bridesmaids, dancing with champagne and cake in our room after the wedding, and taking 2 bubble baths the mornings of the wedding because I was too excited to sleep.

For dinner we went to Jakes's grill and a yummy meal. Then we went to starbucks for some wine, ( yes starbucks has wine and yes it was actually really good).  After we went back up to our room to enjoy the cake topper.  Don't worry, we didn't' freeze the one from our real wedding, we just ordered a fresh one. We shared a bottle of champagne and watched the slide show of our wedding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIjphNYncY In stead of buying a card, I suggested that we exchange a letter, just like we did on our wedding day.







Friday, December 20, 2013

Los Lagos hotel

We made it to Arenal volcano and hot springs. The road from our last hotel to here was pretty windy, steep and long. It took us about 2.5 hour. I got a little car sick. But it was worth the wait. There are 12 hot springs, all different temperatures to relax in. 
There is also a butterflies I closure, frog farm, ant farm crocodiles, bourses zip lining water slides and an amazing view of the volcano. 
We are about to go to the free breakfast 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Zip lining

Today John and I did a zip lining course, but we don't have any pictures because I bent my camera cord. There were 25 lines and 1 line that was almost a half of mile long that we got to do going face first like super man. 
We are really high in the mountains now, and it's a little chilly. Chilly by Costa Rica standards about 65 with some wind. 
Tomorrow we head to our last location, arenal. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Eating around...

PWe were told that Costa Rica is not known for their food, which made john and I a little sad because we love to try new foods when we travel. But we have been very pleasantly surprised by the food, one place in particular. 
We have gone to alibi at least once per day since we have gotten here. It is owned by a family and the food is made to order and so fresh. We have been for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. 

John with his jevous rancheros
This is the typico breakfast, rice and beans, fried plan games eggs and tortillas. We also go the most delicious fresh juice. 
For dinner I got fish in garlic sauce
 Zac got chicken in a pineapple mango sauce
Linnea got a chicken pita
John got nachos... Decomposed

Since we had eaten here so many times, they brought us free dessert
A very moist chocolate milk cake. 
They make everything from scratch on a few burners. Pretty impressive that that beautiful food comes out of this kitchen. 

Yoga


On Saturday night Linnea and I went to a candlelight yoga class at montezuma yoga. The studio was on up a small hill and overlooked the ocean. The studio was open so you could hear the sounds from the rainforest as well as waves from the ocean. It was by far the best yoga class I have ever taken. It was so great to be outside, with no mirrors or clocks or time lines. We enjoyed the class so much that we went again this morning.




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Montezuma waterfall

Yesterday the four of us, me, John, Zachary and Linnea hiked up to the waterfalls. The trailhead was across the street from our hotel. We asked the receptionist for directions "stay to the left! jump in the pool! climb the 135ft rock wall, stay right,if something sucks on you leg it is river shrimp" was what we got. There were yellow dots and arrows showing us the way, but it seemed like we were jumping from rock to rock rather then "hiking" after about 20 mins we arrived at the first waterfall. 
The water was cool and refreshing, a welcomed change from the hot humid air around us. After lounging around for a while, and taking some pictures we were off to climb the rock wall. 
I didn't end up taking any pictures of the wall because I was focusing on getting up it. Luckily there were a lot of roots that mad great hand holds and all 4 of us made it up without a hitch. 
The upper falls were so beautiful. 

We took a different trail on the way down. It was pretty steep and slippery. John lost his footing and scraped his hand ( don't worry, some neosporum and a band aide fixed him right up)

All and all the hike took us about 4 hours. It was such a challenging, fun hike we may just do it again tomorrow 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tumbor airport



Out final leg of our journey to Montezuma included a very tiny airplane. There were 9 passengers and 2 pilots, I am pretty sure  one of them were in training because the he kept getting orders from the other one. It was very very very windy on take off, the plane felt like it was getting pushed 5-10 feet to the side as he was trying to lift up. 

One we got airborne it was beautiful 
Now landing... That was a hole not her thing. We started to approach the landing strip.. But it was so so tiny 

We made it! And saw the actual smallest airport ever