Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 14: Costa Rica
First and foremost, shoutout to the most amazing grandparents in the world on their 67th wedding anniversary. 67 years is a lifetime. They have been together since they were teenagers and everyday they teach our family what true love looks like. I know that we all strive for the same type of relationship they have. They have taught me not to settle, to wait for the right person and to be open to it happening when I least expect it. I have learned some of my greatest life lessons from my grandparents. My grandfather is the voice in my head steering me right from wrong and my grandmother has taught me about finding my soulmate. As far back as I remember she has told me that the 3 steps to finding your soulmate are as follows:
- Love yourself! You are whole and complete. You do not need another person to complete you, just compliment you and make you better.
- Pray every night and they with come. That is what she did to find my grandfather and today they are married 67 years.
- You cannot have one without the other. If you do not love yourself, then you are not ready for your soulmate.
I have carried her advice with me my whole life and have never believed it more than I do today. It has taken me almost 29 years to really and truly love myself. I am whole and complete. I am ready for my person whenever the universe feels it is right to place him in my life. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual and I believe that the universe is a powerful creator. However, we are manifestors. What we put out into the universe is met with some type of manifested response from the universe.
I know, it sounds weird, but if you put out into the universe that today is going to be an awful day, then it will be. However, on the flip side if you put out in the universe that today is going to be the best day ever. Then it will be a damn good one. I choose to put the latter out.
Today, was no exception. I knew it was going to be great! We started the day by going to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges. It was so cool. We walked across shaky bridges, hundreds of kilometers off the jungle floor. We saw monkeys, eyelash vipers, tarantulas and birds. We even saw another waterfall. We met a really nice older couple from Michigan. They came from the Amazon and prior to that were in the Galapagos. They were a very nice couple. Their relationship sort of mimicked our grandparents. They had been married 58 years.
When we finished our guided hike we took some amazing pictures of Arenal and went back to take a nap since we were exhausted.
I also spent some time contemplating logo options for The Journey Within. I’ve narrowed it down to 2 choices, but I am having so much trouble deciding. I meditated on it, but found no clarity.
Before dinner we planned more of our trip. Planning as you go can be both excited and stressful. I am learning a lot about myself during this process. In some regards, I wish I took this journey on my own. In others, I am so glad I am where I am and am with who I am with.
When we reached a point of over stress, we decided to go to dinner. Tonight’s dinner was our best in La Fortuna. We ate at a rotisserie chicken restaurant called Pollo Fortuneño. The chicken and the patacones (similar to tostones) were really good. Brian said the nachos were really good as well (not as good as the nacho boat at Sports Bar). Highly recommended!
We ended the evening by talking to our grandparents via Marco Polo. I love how they are so happy and eager to learn new technology to stay in touch with their grandchildren. Happy 67th Anniversary Grandma and Grandpa. Here's to you!