Well, not every day is a vacation, and especially not the day I got stung by a stingray. Andy & I were swimming at Playa Samara mid-day, and as I was swimming out into the ocean, I stopped and put my feet down…right onto a stingray. It stung me on both feet and I instantly jumped into Andy’s arms, yelling that something stung me. It hurt like @#@!#!!! I didn’t immediately know what it was and described it to Andy as feeling like a squishy plant made of barbed wire. As I hobbled to the shore (trying not to make too big of a scene) Andy put on his goggles and bravely went out in search of whatever stung me, while I walked home to wash off my wounds (really glad in that moment to live ½ block from the ocean). He showed up at the house a few minutes later reporting that he saw a black stingray in the water right near where I was stung.
Luckily the pain only lasted about 15 minutes, I think I was lucky to not have been stung worse. I did pull out a small piece of stingray barb from one of my wounds, and my wounds were swollen and itchy for a few days. I’ve always been afraid of the ocean and I’ve made such great progress while living here, so I hope this doesn’t put me back! I’ve swam once since the sting, and I made sure to shuffle my feet the whole way out, as apparently that scares them off. I guess I’m glad I got that out of the way, hopefully now the odds are ever in my favor of that not ever happening again. Like ever.
On a happier note, we went on another road trip to Barrigona Beach (surfer’s beach). It’s a hidden beach that not many people know about, we had to walk through a small river to access it, and it has gorgeous white crystal sand and clear turquoise water. The waves are huge, the howler monkeys are loud and the hermit crabs number in the thousands. We brought along our new friends Mitch & Julie, and found a place in the shade to enjoy the beach. This is the beach where Mel Gibson owns a house, and we howled at some howler monkeys that were hanging out in the trees of his driveway. We walked up and down the beach, collecting huge shells, and Andy & Mitch played Frisbee on the beach. It was a spectacular day.
We were finally able to rent some life jackets & kayak paddles from Paco at Tico Surf, who rented them to us ironically the day before he left Samara to visit Bend, OR on vacation. Small world! Tell Bend hi for us Paco, we miss it. We finally took our inflatable kayak out at Carrillo and it did really well. It has good speed, and is easy to transport since it’s lightweight and can be packed into a small box. We only tipped over once, on a big wave as we were paddling into shore, which always seems to happen. It’s nice to have our own kayak and we plan to take it out as much as possible. Maybe we can even rent it out by the hour to tourists during busy season.
We’ve been meeting lots of great new friends and were invited to a game night over at Kalin & Julie’s place where we played Cards Against Humanity all night. We picked up pizza at Mama Gui’s for game night, and it was delicious. We had an avocado & shrimp pizza, an Indian chicken pizza and an eggplant goat cheese pizza. We’ll definitely have to eat there again. We’ve also been spending a lot of time at Arriba’s watching football, they have good food too. And last night we ate at Lo Que Hay, the pork tacos were incredible.
Our friend Julia is visiting again, so we got to spend more time with her. She invited us over to Kalimba for lunch and a pool party. We swam and drank boxed red wine over ice, with orange juice, all afternoon. It tasted just like sangria! And Julia still loves Samara and may end up moving here soon. Everyone who comes here seems to fall in love and stay forever.
Last night was our first night sleeping without the A/C on. It wasn’t very hot out, so it was a good time to try, but neither of us slept all that well. But we made it all night without turning it on! And I think we should reward ourselves with (and I think Andy agrees with me)…a full night of A/C tonight!
Here are a couple of quotes to end the day with:
Thank you for making us feel tiny, humble, inspired, and salty….all at once.”
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
pura vida - "pure life"; to live a peaceful, simple uncluttered life with a deep appreciation for nature, family, and friends; a "real living" that reflects happiness, well-being, conformity and satisfaction.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.