Wednesday, July 23, 2014
These boots are over 10 years old and have been all over the world! When they started to fall apart, I couldn't bring myself to toss them. You should have heard the gasps I made as a Kalihi cobbler began tearing it apart to begin the healing process. The treat was the complimentary shoe shine at LAX. Good as new!
I credit my high school Spanish teacher, Señora Chang with instilling a passion for traveling. My fellow classmates would ask her questions about her travels and she gladly shared her stories with no abandon. The stories would take the place of lessons and before you know it, the bell would ring for the next period. What others saw as a way out of work, I viewed Señora Chang's stories as the catalyst for wanting to see the world! I vividly remember a poster in her class showing a young girl feasting on churros con chocolate and I would tell myself, "I want to do that!" I got to feast on churros con chocolate in the Plaza Mayor, Spain in 2001 when I was pregnant with Anna! We got to feast on this decadent treat TOGETHER in San Jose!
My favorite restaurant, located in the pueblo of Nosara. The highlight of the trip were the evenings we shared with new friends from all over the world. Stories of surf experiences, afternoon outings, and the challenges of getting to Nosara were shared at dinner!
As soon as we landed in San Jose, I asked a local, "What should I eat in Costa Rica?" She replied, "Casado," with no hesitation. Casado is a Costa Rican meal using rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional entree which I always chose fish. The Spanish word casar means to marry and this dish is a marriage of all the ingredients. I longingly think about my next casado in Costa Rica.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
It's been 19 years since we tied the knot. That's a long time considering statistics that say one in every two marriages will end in divorce. Sure, we drive each other crazy, we argue, and take separate vacations but I still love the guy after all these years. I still remember the memorable courtship, the fun wedding, and our joyous married life. I occasionally reread my wedding cards that wished us a happy, joyous life as husband and wife, and I want to confirm that me and Scott have lived that life! Thank you for all your blessings! I warn Scott to never buy me jewelry nor clothes for special occasions but this last minute Costa Rican holiday was the perfect gift.
Yes...even in Costa Rica! Surf in the morning, horseback riding in the afternoon and sightseeing can build up an appetite. What a great ending to fantastic Costa Rican meals...French desserts. Tarts, croissants, linzer tortes, and the ever simple yet tasty, apple crumb cake.
I remember someone describing Costa Rica similar to Kaneohe with much larger insects! There are bigger lizards in the form of iguanas but the country side is just ALIVE-sounds, sights, and taste! Everywhere you looked were scenes you wouldn't see at home.
Owner and childhood friend of my husband's, Tyler Marsh runs this cool, surf school for the past 15 years in the town of Nosara. Everyone from all over the world flock to the northwest coast of Costa Rica for fun, sun, yoga, and surf. Did I mention this town hosts yoga retreats led by Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and many others?