We visited my parents before they left Costa Rica for good. A wonderful celebration of my dad’s retirement! It’s also always wonderful seeing my Costa Rican family. Pura vida!
Costa Rica bound!
Good bye, Minneapolis!
Rio Coco. The Honduras/Nicaragua border.
Twin volcanoes in Nicaragua! Concepción and Maderas.
Landing in Costa Rica!
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Home for the next 7 days.
Good morning, San José. I love how the poró trees were blooming. Beautiful orange flowers!
Morning potty break.
She takes the elevator like a pro.
Love my dad’s Ray Bans 🙂
Day 1! Off to eat some breakfast.
Yummy! La Casona del Maiz for some traditional food. Delish!
Cajeta! We bought some for the road.
Such a yummy breakfast!
Guanabana juice. Heaven!
Next stop: La Paz waterfalls. Our driver Señor Costas is on the right.
Ready for some rainforest fun.
Sampling some aguadulce (sugar cane drink).
Stairs goin’ down, down, down.
Great time at La Paz! Time to head out.
Coati alert! We pulled off the side of the road to check them out 🙂
Pulled over to see these wild howler monkeys!
Next stop was a boat ride on the Sarapiqui river. We had some fresh pipa while we waited for our boat…
When you don’t have iPads and phones to play with 🙂
Señor Costas is such a great tour guide!
A beautiful tanager!
Swallows were everywhere!
Great blue heron and his catch-of-the-day.
Dinner is served.
Sia saying hello!
Love the views from my parents’ apartment!
Sia was a model in her vet’s brochure! 🙂
Delicious dinner made by my mommy.
I love those mountain lights… Miss that so much!
We found my dad’s Ray Bans from the 1970s!
Foggy drive home through the mountains.
Sia was happy to see us!
Good morning, San José!
Cafe Britt Tour!
Cool displays about Costa Rican legends.
A story I grew up with.
So much Costa Rica in one picture 🙂
Baby coffee 🙂
It was such a beautiful day.
The best tour guides! They were hilarious!
I don’t like coffee, but it was cool learning about it!
Like a true Tica! 🙂
Enjoying a great afternoon at Uncle Bernard’s and Yadira’s house.
Parque de Diversiones in the distance.
That’s the real deal…
Cross on the mountain in the distance. This takes me back to my childhood!
Back at the apartment and enjoying the twinkling lights. I love that cross on the mountain…
The tall building in the back is where my dad worked!
Time to walk Sia!
Enjoying some fresh air at the park.
Walking around the block.
My parents’ apartment building.
Family party at Anti Nena’s!
My cousin Mary ❤
Mi querida famila.
This was my parents’ official good bye party. Happy retirement!
The best party food.
My cousin Egides.
My cousin Catalina ❤
They wanted to party too.
Cool cloud in the distance… and time to go!
Leaving Anti Nena’s.
Walking to the park for some exercise.
A sleeping dove.
A fun day ahead!
Driving to Turrialba… and driving by this park that we used to drive by all the time when I was a kid. It looks the same.
Zapotes for sale!
Finally got here! Monumento Nacional Guayabo near Turrialba. Really cool archaeological site in a rainforest.
Close-up of the monolith. So amazing to see.
Giant rainforest ants.
The main archaeological site.
Such a cool plant! Has those red spots to attract hummingbirds… so cool!
Like red windows…
My mom used to play with this seed… they look like swords!
Señor Costas teaching us things. He’s a great tour guide.
I love the rainforest.
Crazy to think an ancient civilazation lived here…
Cool round flower things…
This tree was huge!
A massive ant hill.
After hiking for a while, we got some pipa to rehydrate 🙂
Driving to lunch… look at that view.
We used to pick these and suck on the nectar as kids.
View from the restaurant.
One of my favorites ❤ I love pozol!
Arroz con leche for dessert.
The mountains cleared up just enough to see Turrialba volcano!
Close-up of Turrialba’s steam.
Fantastic lunch at Turrialtico Lodge. What amazing views!
Our sweet van.
We bought some delicious cajeta from the restaurant.
Love the passing clouds on the mountains.
Next stop: Orosi. I never get tired of visiting this church.
Inside the church in Orosi.
The saddest Virgin.
Ave de paraíso.
Costa Rican breakfast. YUM!
Papaya milkshakes made by Uncle Dexter and Maria cookies.
My uncle gave Jeremy and Jenna aprons!
A cacoon at in my grandma’s garden.
Weird fruit tree.
Uncle Dexter grabbed a spider 😛
Visiting our Nani.
Family picture 🙂
We settled on Valle Azul since our original restaurants was closed for the day. This place had an amazing view…
View at Valle Azul.
View at Valle Azul. A perfectly clear view of the volcano in the distance.
Hues of pink and orange as the sun was setting. Gorgeous!
Happy retirement dinner for my parents!
We got dessert drinks on the house. 🙂
A trip to Pops for some ice cream.
A closer view at the lit cross.
The flowers my mommy got look so beautiful.
Lobby at my parents’ apartment building.
Good night, Sia.
Random fireworks from the balcony of our room 🙂
My grandma’s house–not what it used to be. 😦
The Tias’ old house when they were here with us (my mom’s aunts). They’ve passed away years ago.
Lunch at Cosi to meet a special friend.
Reunited with my high school amiguita Lore! I hadn’t seen her since 1997.
An accident right in front of my parents’ building–we had a good view of the drama.
Visiting my Auntie Maji.
Watching the world go by.
Finally clearing out the accident.
My dad’s work.
On our way to dinner.
Can’t beat this view…
Came home to this sweetie pie.
Time to go! Tony and Jenna left first.
A breakfast empanada at the airport with my Anti Nena’s leftover plantain. 🙂
Met this “gringa” at the San Jose airport and she was a serious Tupac fan!
Good bye, Costa Rica.
The stadium in the distance… and my parents’ apartment. Bye, bye!
We got fed! :O
Somewhere over the Caribbean.
Stuck in Dallas… but oh so wonderful to have a bed! What a long day…
Oh man… this was good BBQ.
Impromptu meet-up with Andrew and Ryan in Dallas!
Such a fun night.
Home sweet home.
Looks so inviting…
Lots of snow!
Get to work.