Our slow integration back into society starts with 10 days in Cape Cod with Uncle Paul and Auntie Jacki. It generally involves so far - eating amazing seafood, cycling to the beach, playing with the puppies, Zoe eating her first ever oyster, drinking nice wine and Ali driving nice cars….its really tough being us!
Its not like Bondi! Playa Ballena in Uvita Costa Rica…one huge, empty beach to ourselves…backed by lush jungle and mountains….
Steamy days in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica….lots of beach time, sweating, watching the surfers catch HUGE waves and retiring to the shade for some refreshment.
We live here!…well for a few weeks we live in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We rented a little teak cabin over the road from the beach….Ali has a surf lesson every day (he is ‘nearly’ pro!) …I do a yoga lesson every other day (I am ‘nearly’ a yogi!)…..the rest of the time we eat fresh fruit, go for a run, sunbathe, play bat and ball or just sit and sweat…oh and I like to do a little David Attenborough from the balcony…so far I have seen: humgingbirds, iguanas, a camaleon, a squirrel-chipmunk thing, howler monkey, bats and a big blue bird!
Tobacco Caye, another small island on the barrer reef, only a few shacks line the shore here, but its in the middle of the Belize National Marine reserve, beautfiul snorkelling right off the island with barracuda, eagle rays and loads of colourful fish and coral……plenty of rum punch and locals singing and drum playing as the night soundtrack…
How would you like to stay on your own private teeny weeny paradise island in the middle of the ocean? We did! Rendezvous Caye, an island on the Belize Barrier reef, only about 40ft by 40ft, a 1 minute walk round the whole island….and we spent the night camping on it! Literally, in the middle of the ocean, snorkelling only a few feet from the sand you can see the dramatic sheer underwater drop off into the ocean….paradise….
If anyone wants to do this trip head to Raggamuffin Tours in Caye Caulker
Two sunny weeks in El Zonte in El Salvador. Ali successfully mastered the art of surfing with the aid of his personal teacher -Teco, but the daily show of local pro surfers in action did little for his self confidence! Other activities during the two weeks included; sleeping, reading (a lot!), sitting/lying in hammocks, watching the waves, eating, more sleeping, making friends with Canadians and English alike, sunbathing (a lot!), swimming in sea/pool, running away from the huge iguana at the hotel, bit more swimming and watching the locals play football on the beach every night. A great place to be lazy, learn to surf and generally forget the worries of the world…