My new digs!! 🙌😍
so! 3 flights and a 6 hour layover finally got me to liberia, costa rica. then i had to catch 2 buses, and walk 30 mins uphill wearing a 27kg backpack to get to pachamama, my new home for the month. 😂🤦♀️
why the f**k i thought this was an acceptable feat i dont know, im a sucker for an adventure and an entertaining story i guess, but after 2 days of plane travel, the very thought of the expedition made me sick so whilst in the immigration line, i googled cab share and booked a ride. f**k it.
turnes out my ride share was a german girl who worked as a masseuse/ yoga instructor/surf instructor. wherever in the world took her fancy. legend. i informed her that we had to be best friends. 🤝
we left liberia and drove 3 hours, getting deeper and deeper into the costa rican jungles and further away from civilisation. buildings were replaced by huge green forrests; cars were replaced by basic motorbikes or quads; mango and papaya trees littered the road like weeds; chickens, cows and stray dogs walked around free range.
the humidity was like nothing i'd experienced, like the very air itself held pockets of cold water, which made it feel simultaneously hot and cold.
i couldnt get enough. i knew i was home without even stepping foot here before.
we took a couple of sightseeing detours and arrived a prompt 3 hours late. 👏
ofcourse they were closed.
eventually a man arrived, said he had no idea and no access but there was one room with a double bed free if we could share, then move into our casitas tomorrow? .
sure thing mate. we were already best friends so no problem.
we showered under the stars, slept blissfully and moved into our homes the next day. .
welcome home .
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