Before I left for my trip I was thinking YES, this will be awesome – so much content to share on my blog! But then, l just couldn’t bring myself to post anything! Maybe it’s a good thing though, since I was able to live in the moment and not worry about staging or taking specific photos to post on here. That being said, I do have some photos that I loved from my trip …
For those of you that may be wondering, my trip went great! I spent about 2 weeks in Nicaragua and 3 weeks in Costa Rica, and then instead of coming home, I went to San Francisco/Los Angeles and Vegas! Even though I spent about 10 days in total in the US, I think I spent more money there than I did during the 5 weeks prior – ouch. I don’t regret a moment of it though.
Although it was a blast, I am sure happy to be home and in my own bed.
Here are 10 fun/interesting things that happened during my trip:)
1. As I previously wrote about, I climbed a volcano. I laughed, I cried, I almost got a concussion – and then we got lost and I was trying to remember all the Survivor Man episodes I previously watched to help me stay alive.
2. I got banned for life at a 5 Star Las Vegas Casino/hotel. It was an interesting experience, being escorted out by a group of security guards while holding a fancy mojito. I think I was in shock through the whole thing, I didn’t say a word. I’ve never gotten in trouble before, let alone been kicked out and BANNED from somewhere. So I think it’s hilarious. I know you are probably wondering what I did to get banned but I WAS INNOCENT. I’ll leave it at that.
3. Hiking to the Hollywood sign. I know, I know..typical tourist move. I think what made it memorable is that we were FREEZING and it was pouring rain and it reminded me a little bit of the volcano fiasco.
4. Life beach talks – I spent about 4 hours sitting on a beach in front of a GIANT bonfire with another traveler while people danced to EDM music all around us. We had some deep discussions that finished off with some barefoot dancing.
5. Hitch hiking rides on motorcycles (sorry mom) – while in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, we were heading to a beach party all the way on the other side of town and needed to hitchhike for rides, the group left me behind and I ended up getting there first on the back of a really cool looking motorbike. We’ll pretend that I wore a helmet and that it wasn’t slightly terrifying. It worked out though because the driver was a surfing instructor who knew the bar staff and I got myself some free drinks!
6. I went to a secret club in LA – Stayed one night in Hollywood and one of the hostel staff took us to a *secret club* ….oooh ahhh. It was actually pretty cool! It was Charlie Chaplin’s old house and at the entrance there were men dressed in prohibition era clothing. We got into the house and had to pick between three different doors, we chose one and behind it sat a girl in lingerie on a bed in an old style parlour room. As she welcomed us in the bed shifted on the floor exposing a staircase! Dun Dun….It was a pretty sweet place, I won’t say anymore in case you’ll ever have the opportunity to go.
7. Doing a WorkAway in the mountains of Monteverde – I spent two weeks helping out at a quaint family-run hostel. It was amazing feeling like a part of their family and being able to participate in their daily lives. I ate a lot of wonderful local food and visited some fun nature spots as well as some drinking spots ;). I felt so appreciated there and hope to see them again some day.
8. Climbing up a tall SCARY tree – The Monteverde region had many “Strangler trees” trees that literally strangled and killed the trees that they wrapped themselves around. So this was a completely hollow tree that had convenient rungs to climb up. I am terrified of heights and the fact that I climbed this beast still has my head spinning – I felt very accomplished though.
9. Crossing borders – who knew that crossing the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua and vice versa would be such a HASSLE. It was crazy, people were trying to scam us on every corner. It was quite a tiring and emotional experience and I guess it was a memorable one because some quick thinking got us out of an otherwise terrible situation.
10. Bunking with a celeb – you may think I saw a celeb in LA…Nope! I spent a few days bunking with an actress in the small town of Monteverde. I won’t mention her name for her own privacy but she was in a show that I actually watched so that was pretty cool! I was surprised how down to earth and friendly she was – just getting away like the rest of us!
I am sure there are more moments I could mention but I think these top my list. I feel like I am at a crossroads now deciding what to do for the next few months before I head to France in August. I’m considering another WorkAway, maybe I’ll revisit some goats. Baaaah.