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Spicy gringas on a log... That sounds like an odd recipe...
Forgive my absence the past few weeks; I've had a lot going on. But they're all good things, so no worries. I do, however, have a set date out of here, which is quite unnerving. It's not that it's too soon; It's just that there is finally a fixed date. I think that if it were March of next year or June of 2015, I'd still have a problem with it. But I'll be packing my bags within the next few months and making my way home. What's next? I'll let you know... Eventually.

My family came to visit a few weeks ago and it was great to have them finally see what my life is like here. They came during Semana Santa, so I was fortunate enough to have the week to travel with them. We went to Monteverde/Santa Elena (rainforest), Arenal/La Fortuna (volcano), and Liberia/Playa Hermosa (home/beach).
Love this.
It was a good time and I think they understand now how easy it is for me to love my life here.

Since they left, I've been trying to live up the time I have left here. I'm still teaching, but my classes will end in about a month and then I'm on my own. I'm planning a trip to Limón with my gringas and gringo and then hopefully I'll make it to Panama too. Day trips to beaches and national parks are in my plans with tico friends too.

Yesterday, I went to Playa Naranjo, a new beach in Parque Nacional Santa Rosa with the gringas and two tico friends. After driving through an extremely rocky road through the national park to get there, I saw that it was so worth it. I think it is now my new favorite beach that I've been to here. There was practically no one there, except for a few camping gringos, and about a mile of beautiful beach and huge waves.
So gorgeous and peaceful. See pictures of the sunset for proof (coming soon).

While on this trip, however, I was reminded about the curiosity of the answers to the question "when?" in Spanish. I'm pretty sure this is a Costa Rican or Central American thing and not a universal Spanish thing, but trying to figure out timing is very difficult here. I've read guidebooks that warn uptight gringos that Guanacaste is definitely not the place for them, and the guidebooks are right. The words "ahora" and "ahorita" are just generally confusing. Technically meaning "now" and "right now," respectively, the latter can be used to mean "in a little while, in five minutes, in an hour or in four months." A little vague, eh? What's more, "más tarde," meaning "later" is often added after "ahorita," making "Right now, later" the answer to the question "When are we going to leave Liberia?" Again, this could be "in five minutes, in an hour, etc..." While this often makes foreigners quite confused, it just makes me work on my flexibility and fall a little bit more in love with the "locuras" of this place. Yesterday, I definitely didn't mind getting lost in the waves and having no set schedule of plans.
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Spicy gringas on a log... That sou…
Spicy gringas on a log... That so…
Love this.
Love this.
Photos in La Casona, former house …
Photos in La Casona, former house…
Aud, Linds and Cesar
Aud, Linds and Cesar
Cesar in la Casona
Cesar in la Casona
Chaufers on the bumpy car ride
Chaufers on the bumpy car ride
Audrey in the clouds
Audrey in the clouds
Lindsay on the shore
Lindsay on the shore
Crashing waves
Crashing waves
Enjoying whiskey on the beach
Enjoying whiskey on the beach
Gorge
Gorge
Sunset
Sunset
Liberia
photo by: travelfan1963