Day 64-90/180: The Wooden Cabin – Living Life In Costa Rica

After an eventful journey on the road, we finally made it to our newest destination. Costa Rica is interesting in this way: you only need to travel a few hours and it’s like you’re in a different country. Instead of the lush jungle, exotic flowers and humid nights I’d gotten used to, I’d suddenly arrived in a dry and dusty countryside.

Los Pargos could barely be called a town. It was nothing but fields and trees, a few bumpy dirt roads and the ocean. Granted, there were also two tiny supermarkets and some houses and resorts scattered across the area, but that was it. It didn’t take me long to realise that I was completely cut off from civilization.

This became even more real when someone drove into an electricity pole and killed our wifi connection for WEEKS. However, by that point, I’d been in the tropics for months and I wasn’t as easily shocked anymore (except when bitten by unknown creatures). I’d grown accustomed to the harsh (for Western city girl standards) living conditions.

Luckily, there’s always a silver lining. Tucked away under big trees was a beautiful cabin made completely out of teak wood. My newest Airbnb was a sight straight from a Tumblr post. Compared to my overly colourful room in Montezuma, this place oozed peace and quiet. I think its Feng Shui must’ve been in order, since I felt completely zen as soon as I entered.

The interior was everything you could want from a cabin in the woods. Warm cosy lights, sea salt lamps, dozens of books, a guitar… Even though it was 30 degrees outside, it seemed like the perfect place to spend winter.

The next few weeks consisted out of beach walks, attempting to stand up on a surf board (and failing a million times), watching ocean sunsets, reading spiritual books, blogging and celebrating Christmas & New Years. We were in December already and it was the first time ever I spent Christmas in a warm country. The food supplies were quite limited and it was a lowkey celebration, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

It was a time of quiet reflection, being one with nature and unfortunately also of allergies. It was there that I started to notice that my body wasn’t made for a tropical climate (can you believe it??). Given that there was no such thing as a pharmacy in a 50 mile radius, I was forced to spend a lot of time inside.

A blessing in disguise, I can now say. I learned a lot about myself during those weeks. I became obsessed with blogging and realised it’s something I want to continue doing, even after Costa Rica. I read two fascinating books that made me reflect a lot on how I view myself and the world around me. They were The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz & A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. For anyone who’s on a personal growth journey, I really recommend these.

Want to keep up with my adventures in Costa Rica? Read my first diary entry here!

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