I was trying really hard to relax on this trip. Which translates into: I didn't drag my big camera around very much. Plus it rained almost everyday so I never knew when I might get stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no place to keep my camera dry. Instead, I relied on my iPhone to take many of my shots. I apologize to those that follow me on Instagram, some of these photos are repeats.
As we made our approach to the Liberia airport in Costa Rica, I couldn't believe what I saw out of the window. One lush green beautiful island after another. Each one surrounded by crystal blue ocean and golden sandy beaches. I had never seen that before. It was surreal.
Our waiter called these Peach Palms and told us they are used in traditional Costa Rican cooking all the time. After we asked a bunch of questions about them, he brought us some to taste. They are an interesting mixture of salty and starchy and creamy. Nothing like a peach.
I was crazy about the fruity drinks, more specifically, the virgin Pina Coladas. They were so yummy, and I was on vacation, so I threw caution to the wind and kept them coming. When I can order them poolside and beachside whenever I wanted, it was too difficult to resist. As soon as I got home I started working on perfecting the recipe for these creamy drinks. I will post it soon.
When we first arrived at the resort, Helmut and I saw these yellow bowls everywhere. We soon figured out that the yellow bowls were full of food being delivered poolside. I loved ordering lunch by the pool and getting a yellow bowl of my own.
These interesting flowers were growing near the golf course. I have no idea what they are called but they remind me of something from a Dr. Seuss book.
This is another shot of the clubhouse. I couldn't get enough of the architecture.
This is a shot of my new Keen hiking boots. They were super comfortable. I will admit they probably weren't necessary with the level of hiking we did (it is hard to find time for serious hiking when you are spending so much time by the pool), but I don't pass on a new pair of shoes often.
One afternoon we took a cooking class given by the Executive Chef of the resort. He also gave us a tour of the kitchens. They have a 24-hour bakery that makes all the bread and sweets for the resort (and believe me, they were GOOD).
I think those two beach chairs are calling my name right now!