Planning the Adventure

One of our planned stops in our travels, Poás Volcano, Costa Rica – Photo by © Julian Dunleavy 2015

Sometimes things feel more secure when all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. However there seems to be inherent excitement (or fear) when you just go with the flow or throw caution to the wind. If you’ve lived long enough and experienced both you realize that a nice balance in the middle can be just what the doctor ordered. At least that’s a good standard that I measure things by. I love being spontaneous and enjoy the journey while traveling but at least I want to have an idea of where I’m going. Wandering aimlessly may work in some instances but my trip to Costa Rica is not one of those times. So JJ and I have been planning bit by bit. The trip is in 3 weeks now and we can hardly wait.

The plane tickets are purchased but we have not nailed down all the places we will be staying. This is my early birthday trip (I’m an April baby) and it will be a wonderful opportunity for me to become more familiar with the country. At first we thought about  doing just the resort thing. Being pampered while watching a steamy live volcano, zip lining through the trees, and rafting down rivers would be amazing. And although we’ll be staying a couple days around the Arenal volcano to take in the sights and enjoy some of the activities there, we decided that making a trek through Costa Rica’s countryside would be more productive and satisfy our adventurous spirits at the same time.

I’ve been reading like a crazy woman lately, practicing my Spanish, and gleaning every bit of info I can from people who have already done what I want to do – move to another country. So much prep work to do! I’ve moved a LOT in my life so there will be similarities but this kind of move places you in an entirely different culture with potential language barriers etc. I think of the immigrants who came (and still come) to the US throughout the history of this country. They didn’t have it easy. Think of the challenges they faced and what they had to overcome. Amazing courage and spirit!  I surely don’t see or place myself in the company of such amazing souls. I am simply following my own inner calling if you will. Something that’s been on my radar for years. I don’t talk about a lot of this but I realize that perhaps I should. There are others who might be doing exactly the same thing.

I have so much to share. And since there will be plenty of wifi throughout the country, I am hoping to upload new photos and blog posts along the way. I hope you will follow along with me. It will be an interesting time of discovery!