Pura Vida! – A Costa Rica Travelogue

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Last month, Z and I went on our very first vacation together. We desperately needed a break from skyscrapers, subways, sanitation trucks and drunken singing-at-3-in-the-morning below our apartment.

Costa Rica was just the prescription.

Hammock = Bliss

After weeks of poring over Lonely Planet and Fodor’s travel guides, we finalized an itinerary, squeezing in as many things-to-do as there were hours in the day and dollars in our budget. That was followed by days of necessity-shopping – boots, ponchos, sunblock, mosquito repellent, waterproof sandals, waterproof kohl – followed by days of outfit-picking, and somehow stuffing everything into two hiking packs on the day of our flight.

10 days in a backpack - didn't think I could do it!

We returned to New York 10 days later, considerably sore, scratched and sunburned, but with heads full of unforgettable memories, and hundreds of pictures to show for it!

Starting this Friday, I’m going to post a day-by-day photo diary of our trip, including what we did, where we stayed, what we ate, as well as some pieces of self-learnt travel advice (for e.g., never judge a hostel by its website!). So check back every week for a new Costa Rica post :)

First sight of Costa Rica - green as far as the eye can see!
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4 thoughts on “Pura Vida! – A Costa Rica Travelogue

    Anita Mac said:
    October 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Look forward to hearing about your trip! 10 days in Costa Rica sounds idyllic.

    sau said:
    October 6, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I lived in California for 3 years as an undergrad too and I’m now in London for grad school, having come from Asia. Totally relating to your sense of adventure, travels and opinions! And I love your writing! I’ll be looking forward to your updates on Costa Rica – a place I’ve always wanted to go:)

    Zuhaib said:
    October 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Costa Ricaaaaaaaa! Here I come through the eyes of this very talented writer :)

    costaricacloseup said:
    October 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Sounds like you had a great trip, with the 3am mornings :) Can’t wait to see the pics.

    Cheers, Tee

    Tee is Senior Editor of digital magazine http://www.CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com about Costa Rica

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