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Pura Vida part 2

January 16, 2018

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

We woke up that morning, and had an amazing breakfast at Cafe Milagro. Definitely recommend this place for coffee, breakfast, and great souvenirs to bring back home!  Dad found this sweet shirt on the beach. If you know about his Toyota obsession, this find is even sweeter.

We went back home to pack up, and the sun FINALLY came out!! We wanted to soak up as much as we could before flying back to San Jose that afternoon.

 

Once again, cannot recommend this house enough. There is plenty of room for a big group. It is very private, and everyone has their own space.

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We took a nature air flight back to San Jose, to save us time on the road. My parents left early Wednesday morning, and we wanted to be able to spend a little time with Josh’s family before they left.

We have used Nature Air before, and had no problems. After the heart breaking crash on New Years though, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to use them again. 🙁

Tuesday afternoon

We booked one night at Xandari Resort, since it is close to Josh’s family finca, and the airport. I seriously wish we could have stayed longer. Gorgeous grounds, fabulous architecture and art. Great staff. Very impressed. Highly recommend if you have a few days to stay near San Jose. If you’re just flying in and out, I recommend San Jose Marriott.

Josh’s tio Oscar came to pick us up for a family cook out at their finca. Seriously one of my favorite nights of my life. Josh and his cousin Monica were the only bilingual ones, making communication difficult. But everyone did their best, and you could just feel the love! It was truly unforgettable. Sharing a meal with both of our families, in a place that feels like it could be the Garden of Eden.

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On our way back to the hotel, Oscar stopped to show us this incredible lookout over San Jose. Gorgeous.IMG_2761

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We said our goodbyes to my family, and spent the rest of the day exploring Xandari. It is amazing what they have done with that resort. Discovered so many waterfalls, an orange grove, and beautiful birds and animals.

 

Later we went to Gladys’ house, and had dinner with Oscar and Monica at a really cool restaurant called Apotecario in San Jose. Again if you have any time to spend in San Jose, highly recommend checking out the San Pedro district, near the university. There’s great shopping and cool concept restaurants.

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

We spent alot of time hanging with Gladys this day. Grocery shopping, visiting… the things you take for granted when your grandparent is a world away! She is the best. She made up her mind that we were getting margaritas. This beautiful lady is 87 by the way. Amazing!

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Later that evening, Oscar took us to a country club there called El Castillo. This was another one of my favorite parts of the trip. There is something incredible about seeing how another country celebrates Christmas. It reminds me of how heaven will be. All speaking different languages, but praising our same Savior. Incredible.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Our final full day in Costa Rica. Again, we spent alot of time with Gladys just enjoying our time together. Monica was done with classes for the day, so we went shopping. I picked up some really cute gifts from Hola Lola, all designed by Costa Rican artist Priscilla Aguirre. We stumbled across a local artisan holiday market! Score. The other pictures are just gorgeous yards and trees we happened to pass by. I am forever in awe of how lush it is there.

 

Gladys needed some ice, so we just walked around the corner to the puperia and got some. I love this pic of Josh. Mountains ahead, Gladys’ house is on the right. The puperia is behind me to my right. Talk about convenient. IMG_2935

The light was PERFECT outside, so I convinced Gladys and Josh to let me take a few pictures of them. I know they are both glad that I did. 🙂

Josh’s uncle Oscar is an architect by trade, but is very passionate about watercolor! He is an amazing artist. He gifted us with this amazing painting. You can follow his instagram account @oscarsanchoart. Cannot wait to get it framed!IMG_2956

We went to bed so thankful for the time we had with our family, and this sunset out of Gladys’ window was just the cherry on top.IMG_2961

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