One of the first things we discovered at our deluxe open air accommodations were the neighbors.
Yes, a rooster. There were several hens to go with the rooster. But it was the rooster who made himself known. He woke up early and let everyone know.
Our first stop in Costa Rica was in a little town outside of La Fortuna. This was our backyard.
We decided to stay in some unique lodging – an A-frame “house.” What was unique about it was that the ground floor had no walls, except around the bathroom.
Considering that it rained every day at some point, the ground floor never got wet. It gave us some open air to enjoy being in nature.
Costa Rica has plenty of unique animals roaming about.
It was June in Costa Rica. That means it is rainy season.
It’s some of the most beautiful rainy season I have ever seen.
Everything was vibrant, full of color, and felt so alive.
One of the things I love to check out is the currency of a country that we visit. Foreign currency is so much more colorful and artful than US currency. I love the design, the sizes, colors, pictures, the feel of the paper, etc. The images alone tell a story – a story of what’s important to a culture. For Costa Rica, the animals are important.
When is the last time you said that the place you were staying was a piece of art?
We did when we stayed at the Hotel de Rosa la America in Costa Rica. The grounds were gorgeous. The housing were pieces of beautiful art. All this was just at the Hotel. It made us excited to see the rest of the country.
June, 2017 was a great month. I was ordained at the beginning of the month and then we took off for a much-needed vacation to celebrate all the hard work of seminary. Since we are a family that loves to travel, we wanted to go somewhere – especially somewhere we haven’t been to yet. We also didn’t want to break the bank. We settled on Costa Rica. And then the time came, and we took off from the airport.
We rented a minivan to get around. We quickly learned that there are no addresses in Costa Rica – there really isn’t a post office. Everything is done through the bank. With no addresses, it makes directs a bit of a challenge.
Our first stop from the airport was our hotel for the night. We booked a room at Hotel la Rosa de America. The price was good. It had a pool. These are two requirements for hotels for this family of six. We made our way to the hotel, figured out how to get in, and then crashed for the night. In the morning, we got up and went over to the main building for breakfast. And we immediately knew that coming to Costa Rica was a great decision.
It was beautiful. And that’s just the eating area of the hotel.
We were surrounded by amazing flowers and the chirping of birds.
The colors of everything were vibrant and lively.
We knew in an instant that we had fallen in love with another country and would have a wonderful trip.