Traveling Long Term is So Different!

Dec 6, 2019     Costa Rica     My Adventures, My Personal Journey
I was invited to this beautiful home for wine and pizza. Another great night.
I was invited to this beautiful home for wine and pizza. Another great night.
I keep saying the same thing that I knew ahead of time that this particular trip was not going to be a "traveling" trip. That I was just going to stay in one spot and might not really "see" much of anything. And that has indeed been the case. I started having a little guilt about not vising all the amazing sites around here. Well, in Monteverde anyway. There's not much to do around Zancudo so that made it easy. ;)

But I have to say that I'm really loving the feel of living here rather than traipsing around going from attraction to attraction. I mean, I like that too! But not having a travel buddy makes that not as fun for me so this is working out great.

What better way to really get to know a place than to spend TIME there. This has been more rewarding than I expected and I have made some incredible friends.

It's hard to explain just how nice it is when you meet some local people and go hang out with them and do what they do. Then through them you meet yet more people and really feel more like part of the community.

I'm curious how it will feel when it's time to go though. Eventually I'll have to leave the friendly space that gets created. I already miss two of the gal pals I have made in Costa Rica and even though I keep in touch with some of the women I have become close to traveling, it's not always easy to plan to actually get together.

So for now I will enjoy what I have and see what comes. There are definitely still some lonely times, like my sad little sandwich on Thanksgiving, but the good is outweighing the bad.
This actually makes me laugh. My Thanksgiving dinner.
This actually makes me laugh. My Thanksgiving dinner.
Dinner with a big group of new friends. The language barrier was challenging but I survived. :)
Dinner with a big group of new friends. The language barrier was challenging but I survived. :)
I have spent time having dinner and wine with locals and expats (girl-talk for hours! :) ), taking the bus to Panama to go shopping with them, almost having Thanksgiving dinner with a large group (but we had the dates wrong - a week off! LOL), visiting the local haunts (I might be getting a little too familiar with some of them but I'm sure having fun! jiji), learning the treacherous back roads, getting in on the town gossip, helping out with a local fundraiser, playing "mountain tennis" (okay not really but watched it and barely played - looking forward to actually playing soon), and meeting such interesting people.

I have met artists, musicians, architects, retirees, poets, restaurant owners, very few tourists, you name it.
These little gals took me on a guided walk through the jungle on their family property. :) So sweet.
These little gals took me on a guided walk through the jungle on their family property. :) So sweet.
A sort of adapted dirt tennis in the eco park next door.
A sort of adapted dirt tennis in the eco park next door.
Last night I had the totally surreal experience of going to a jam session held in an art studio. Just a few friends playing their music with the rain pounding on the roof and surrounded by beautiful artwork and bonsai trees (and miniature orchids!). How did I get so lucky?

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