Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My Central American Adventure: DAY 29 - COSTA RICA

I'm not going to lie, the thought of going home fills me with absolute dread, in a way I have never experienced before; it feels like this is my home and I am leaving it to go someplace that isn't? I'm so in love with this part of the world, and I feel like I am back in Spain but better so the thought of going back home this soon is making me very sad. 

Anyway, this morning I woke up early and headed to the beach we tried to get to the other day! It was so relaxing walking along the beaches on my own. I love time by myself, not having to think about another person and truly spending some quality time with good old' me, myself and I. The beaches were very pretty. I also have a new found love for the feel of wet sand on my feet. Surely when people say they love the feel of sand between their toes, they are referring to wet sand, right? I find the feel of dry sand in my toes just awful, but the feel of the wet sand is dreamy as anything to me!

I ate some fruit, sat in a cafe and met a bunch of local people along the way. How bizarre is this, I met a guy who has just opened a language school here and needs native English teachers (Hello!), and I met a coast guard who needed private tuition in English too. Right now, I have obligations and priorities at home, but it is excellent to know there is a market here for what I do, just for future reference you know, as I would quite like to focus more on my S&L therapy instead of teaching, but I could do both as I really love variety in my work! I loved learning about the opportunities there are here for my future life! 

I also went to a shop, bought some really ugly water shoes and a top that's too big for me, and managed to get stuck in their toilet. Hahaha, an ex-boyfriend and two separate work teams used to call me 'Bridget Jones' as a nickname, and moments like these that really remind me as to why. I wedged the door outwards instead of inwards and the whole door frame started to crumble and fall apart. I ended up stuck with one leg in and one leg out calling customers over to tell the shopkeeper to come and help me! Looking back now it really makes me chuckle, but at the time I was so scared that they were going to charge me for the damage done to their door! I didn't even feel embarrassed as I think that emotion left my consciousness years ago! Ha! 

So, after going to the beach, I came back to Liberia and just chilled. I got myself into a bit of a frenzy about going home tomorrow and really needed to speak with my bestest girl Alison, but she wasn't available. So, instead, I wrote a list of all the positives of going home after travelling and I thought I would share it here with you!

Positives of going home:
* Seeing my dog and my loved ones. I cannot wait to give my little pooch and squeeze and a million head kisses! I've met so many dogs here in Central America, but none of them could ever compare to the bond my Riles and I have. There's so much history there and I love the little pickle with my whole heart. I'm excited also to see everyone else and have a nice catch-up and cuddle session with them all!
* Having a hot shower and/or bath is going to be epic. Honestly, I am going to dive head first into a hot LUSH bath! I'm going to spend days in the shower and I am going to have a two-day bath after that! Seriously though, I have really missed hot showers!
* I am excited to get back into a routine, routine and discipline can be nice sometimes. I often reject it, for I have a constant urge to be free and do my own thing, but in order to stay free long-term, I need discipline and routine to work on what needs to be in place now!
* I am excited to see how much I have really changed from this trip and learn what I have gained that adds to my own personal life.
* I am excited to have my own room, kitchen, and bathroom again. I'm not as excited about my living room because one thing I love about hostel life is always having someone cool to talk to in the common areas. 
* I am excited to travel a bit closer to home. So, I have a mini Europe trip planned with a close friend a week or so after I am back which is exciting! I have also made plans to visit Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester in the near future, and I haven't been to any of them before, so that is exciting! Going home doesn't mean your travels have completely ended, it means you can plan new ones to begin! 
* I am excited about the food at home. Currently, the supermarkets are launching so many vegan ranges and I am super blessed to be from such an advanced country for Veganism. I'm excited to try the new M&S curry, the new Quorn sandwich fillings, and the new TESCO ready-to-eat range. Someone earlier in the trip tried to say that one vegan doesn't make a difference, but I beg to differ. Due to the autonomy of each individual vegan, collectively, we are making big changes and saving animals. It also puts veganism out there as a norm, which allows people to access the products, even if they don't want to fully give up eating animal products. 
* Now that I really think about it, some of the luxuries from back home would be absolutely lovely. Like my electric toothbrush, dental floss, my duvet, having multiple pillows to choose from and use, candles, having a washing machine of my own, and having multiple towels to choose from too!
* I'm excited to not be endlessly bitten by mosquitos and bugs. That'll be the dream! lol! 
* I have lots of exciting activities coming up, and lots of new work opportunities beginning. Life can be exciting and be fulfiling back home too! 

Righty, I am going to go to sleep on a grateful heart, Tomorrow, I will write a list of why I love Central America so much and why I will be back to live here in a few years! 

I hope you're all well and dandy and feeling bright and alive and happy and swell and spiffing and all of that good stuff!!! =)

Peace Out Potatoes xo


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