I have never been much of a city person. As a true-blue Aquarian I am much happier near water. Despite this, the city of Mérida, Mexico captured my heart and imagination.
The excitement was palpable as our guides outfitted us with our equipment. Like baby ducks following their mom, we began our trek through the hot, steamy jungle with our guides leading the way to the first zip line.
“I want to show you Barcelona…” It was one of the first things my Hungarian boyfriend said to me. Budapest I might have expected, but Barcelona? As a musician, he had worked all over Europe but fell hard for Barcelona’s many charms.
Cheryl Stinson always dreamt of learning to surf. When a Google search result came up for Witch's Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, not only did her dream come true, it also turned out to be the start of a new, sunny chapter for the Ottawa, Canada native.
An intimate cooking class in the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, Italy, in the company of Oscar-winning filmmakers, a charismatic restaurant owner, and a head chef.
Expat Judith Gold, 68, never runs out of places to explore on Bali, the tropical island she calls home. “I love to go to all the different waterfalls. It seems to be never-ending. I hear about new ones all the time,” she says.
“Traveling is a fountain of youth,” says Christina Daggett, as she sits down to dinner with her husband, Tim. It’s evening in the town of Hawick, Scotland, where they are currently staying. “I can’t imagine going back to the States or our old lifestyle. Nothing could be better than what we’re doing now.”
If you need a manicured lawn, 18-hole golf course, large fancy supermarket, or luxury condo to be happy…you can find that in Costa Rica. But you’ll have to give the country’s southern Caribbean coast a miss.
For my wife, Abbe, and me, our lives here in Pedasí, a small town on Panama’s Pacific coast, are a far cry from the hectic existence we lived back in the U.S. In Florida, we lived our entire lives in busy suburbs where we had to drive to everything. Now we walk to restaurants, grocery stores, and the town square.
If you’ve done any reading at all about Costa Rica, you’ve almost certainly come across the phrase Pura Vida. Literally it means “pure life,” but it’s practical meaning can be a bit tough to nail down. It can be a greeting, it can be a response and replace “you’re welcome,” it can replace “cheese,” when someone is about to snap a group photo and everyone is holding up their peace signs and thumbs-up.