Post-travel depression is a real thing. It’s been nearly a month (I think almost two or three now because I’ve lagged on this post for tooooo long) since I’ve come back from one of the best family vacations ever, and I still miss being in this beautiful place. Our family actually hasn’t gone on a family vacation in a while, other than Taiwan, but finally being able to travel together as a family this summer definitely one of the highlights of this year. Looking back at these pictures, it makes me really miss summer, being with my family, exploring a new country, not having anything to worry about and just enjoying vacation. Upon first glimpse, Costa Rica is so beautifully green and it’s astonishing just how peaceful all the scenery is. And upon second and third and fourth glimpse, it’s still so beautifully green that parts of you just feel like you’ve been transported into a rainforest in the Avatar movie.
Now if you’ve been to Costa Rica before, you’ll know what I mean when I say that everything about this place is just pura vida. Pura vida, or “pure life”, is basically what you’ll hear everyone saying to each other. People say that Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world and it’s easy to see why. After a drive through the countryside, and being able to see such a beautiful, rich, diverse and pure environment, there’s just something about the view that makes you feel pure happiness too. I’m a true sucker for nature and this beautiful Earth we live in and being reminded of this lovely planet we call home is such a humbling experience I think we all forget to appreciate sometimes. The way one of our taxi drivers described “pura vida” was just living every day simple and happy-I asked him the same question I asked in this post, “On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you?” and he said “15. Cada día y cada noche.” Hearing that made me genuinely happy because being happy is such a simple thing. It’s so tiring sometimes to just keep worrying about things that are out of our control and constantly thinking about what’s going to happen tomorrow and in the future. But if you can be happy with everything you have and appreciate the simplicity of it all, that’s a true gift and that to me is pura vida.
Just a beautiful drive to La Fortuna.
Our first stop of the trip was Arenal Volcano National Park. Hiking through these trees are just absolutely breathtaking.
A giant El Ceibo Tree.
A view of the serene Lake Arenal.
Arenal Volcano hidden amongst the clouds.
I’ve always wanted to just grab one of these long vine branches and swing from tree to tree…I guess it sounds more fun than it actually would be-I feel like I would just end up breaking a bone here or there, hahah.
Is this not the cutest volcano aka lump of rice you’ve ever seen?
Pura vida, amigos ♥