Monday, April 18

Pura Vida

That's right, Im sitting here with sweat dripping down all major parts of my body, Im in Costa Rica! I sadly, but excitedly, left San Pedro last Tuesday. Saying goodbye to some new and old friends was hard. The worst part is knowing, as you promise to visit your new friend in "insert amazing foreign country here", that you probably wont ever see them again. Traveling is amazing and I meet amazing people everyday but saying goodbye so much does get a little hard on the heart.

I arrived in Antigua Tuesday afternoon, I left with a friend Mia from London who was finally granted her passport so she could get home.. it had been stolen and she had been stuck in Guatemala for 3 months! We enjoyed some lunch and eventually some dessert and then a bit of a twilight marathon and met Aviv, a guy from Israel who was soon meeting up to travel with his father. Imagine me and John traveling together.. the funnier thing to imagine is me and Joan traveling together. Ha.

So on Wed I took the 1.5 hr flight to Costa Rica. Once I made it through immigration and customs, which I fucking hate doing, I found a hotel and planned for a taxi to pick Tamara up that night. Well.. that never happened. Her flight was late and after searching the arrivals at the airport at midnight I decided to take a breather from my anxiety attack, get some sleep, and find her in the morning. I found her safe and sound and we got a hostel. The town we stayed in was useless so we trucked it to La Fortuna the next day.

The hostel in La Fortuna was a vacation on its own. It had an amazing pool with a swim up bar... thats my kinda hostel! We decided we would do a tour even though we were getting our first taste of how extremely over priced this country is. With a few laughs and a decision that I just wasnt ready for zip lining again just yet, we decided on Horseback riding for the following day. Oh...dear...god. That night we went for dinner with some girls who were finishing med school from Texas, we had fun and the food was super awesome!!

So the next morning we woke up with excitement in our eyes for our adventure. Let me tell you... it was a painful adventure! I had tons of fun but my vagina still aches... I used some muscles I didnt even know existed and I dont think any of that area will ever be the same again. When we arrived at our destination with the horses we went to a waterfall which was amazing and beautiful and a little chilly but so glad I went and got in! The walk back was a hike and a half and I thought I might cough up my kidneys or something dramatic like that but I made it. The guide was a sweet heart, apologizing, saying he knew it was a hard hike. I let him know Im just out of shape and it wasnt a big deal, no problemo chico!

By the time we got back to our hostel we were craving for pizza so we hit up an italian restaurant where they were playing Michael Jackson. Thats the thing about this country... they place all american music, speak English to you, and over charge you for absolutely everything. If I wanted that, I would go home! While we are enjoying our time here.. I must say, it is really digging a hole in my wallet and we have decided to shorten our trip so that I won't go broke and neither will Tam and she can make it home for a good friends birthday. We still have a few weeks left though so our plan doesnt stop there!

Yesterday we came to Tamarindo which is a beach town on the pacific coast... and man is this place hot! Luckily this hostel has a pool and there is obviously lots of beach but I cant really describe how sweaty I am right now. There is just no way of staying sanitary! Also, I havnt done laundry in 3 weeks so even if I wanted to be sanitary I couldnt. Fortunately for everyone around me I finally sent all my clothes to be washed.. at a HUGE price. They say its 9$ for laundry but then they give you a bag smaller than a grocery bag to put your clothes in so I ended up paying 18$ just for clean clothes-a price I was willing to pay to feel somewhat clean and not kill everyone around me with my stench.

We are staying another night here in Tamarindo, last night was Sunday and it was a lot of fun so we will see what Monday night holds. I think tomorrow we will head down the coast to a town called Samara.. funny how all these places sound like Tamaras name eh. We will be flying through places slightly quicker but the place is to get over and see some of the carribean and go into Panama to see Bocas del Toro before heading back to San Jose for our flights out.

We are having a good time and Im so glad to finally have Tamara here. I love knowing I have not just anyone, but my best friend to do things with! Im used to planning on things pretty much alone and hoping to meet people along the way so its a nice change of pace. I plan to really make the best out of these next few weeks because I feel very fortunate to have this oppurtunity! Not everyone gets to travel Costa Rica with their best friend, thats for sure!

Keep us in your prayers and pray that I stay clean enough for everyone around me to have fresh air supply! Hope all is well at home with everyone, or wherever you may be reading this from! Comments and subscriptions are always welcome, they actually make me ecstatic! haha.

Big love.

Wednesday, April 6

San Pedro Fever.

Greetings from San Pedro! San Pedro is in Guatemala and you should google it. It is on the beautiful Lake Atitlan and Im very much in love with this place! I wound up here after Xela and havnt even made an effort to go anywhere else.

I left Xela last Friday afternoon, headed towards Panajachel which is another town on the lake. When I got there I had zero plans, no plan for a hostel or more travels, I just planned to not plan. The couple in my shuttle were frantically trying to make it to San Marcos, even though they definitely did not need to be that frantic. They asked if I minded if the shuttle driver went to the dock first so they could catch a boat, I was totally cool with it of course because I didnt have a sweet shit of a clue as to where I was going. When we stopped all these guys crowded the shuttle asking where we were going, without thinking I said San Pedro and 5 minutes later I was in some dudes boat, sailing across Lake Atitlan.

The sail was nice. It was about 35 minutes and even though I was squeezed between a bunch of middle aged guatemalan dudes, one of which kept falling asleep on me, I loved it. It made me realize how much I miss the ocean and how much I take it for granted. Although Atitlan is obviously not the ocean, it still felt nice and it is a huge Lake. The sail was beautiful as well, a bit foggy but amazing to go past all the little towns on the coast and see the surrounding volcanos.

When I arrived in San Pedro, again I was attacked, not so aggresively, with dudes wanting to show me hostels or hotels or plan for me to go horseback riding or kayaking. I kind of let a guy lead me around so I could find my way up to the main road where I planned to ditch him. As I was walking up the little hill to get you to the main road I heard my name being called, I turned and saw an old friend from the last time I was in San Pedro in 2009 , Diego. It was so awesome to see, not only a face I knew but his, he is the sweetest guy. He was so good to me, he took me and showed me what is now my hostel, Yo Mamas Casa.

Since then things have been pretty chill. Lots of chilling and sun and drinks. San Pedro is very relaxed and many of the tourists are here to hike the volcanos, which I dont do. The atmostphere is great here and the people are so great as well. I got 2 free shots of Grape Rum the other night and that was fabulous, I dont think Iv ever been offered a free shot in a Canadian bar.. ever. They probably charge me double actually. So you see why I like it here.. its very care free and fun which happens to be the way I like it.

Diego has been good to me, showing me good places to hang out, watching movies with me and he even took me to his Futbol game! For those of you wondering, which you shouldnt be, Futbol is soccer. They didnt win but I had fun watching and Diegos cousin..also Diego..who I also met last time in San Pedro, was there watching with me as well. Its cool to have a look at a place from a different perspective, I really enjoy meeting locals.

I have made a few friends at the hostel but traveling alone is hard. People seem to either be established here and dont have much of a need for my friendship or they are traveling with someone else. My dorm is mostly male, which is fine and well but dudes are kind of independant, not really looking for some random canadian chick to be buds with. For the first few days there was a guy named Micky from Ireland in my dorm who I got a real kick out of. He was the sweetest but once you got talking and comfortable he was so crude and honest.. but I loved that about him. He left and I actually miss his pressence even after only knowing him a few days.

The only other girl in my dorm is Mia. Shes from England and I really like her. I so love the british sense of humor and the way she tells stories, its so good. She reminds me so much of Nadia and in my head I call her Nadia way too much. Theres lots of other people in the dorm and in the other dorms but havnt made any really amazing connections yet. I think that the fact that I have a local friend who I hang out with a lot is partly to blame but I think Im just young and havnt quite figured out how to throw myself into a group of people and fit in. I try my best though, putting myself out there as much as possible.

I honestly dont have much to write at this point. Just thought I would update for people because I havnt had many chats. I also dont really know how many people are reading my blog so sometimes Im not sure why I write them. So if you are reading my blog I would appreciate it if you became a follower or left a comment, it encourages me to keep writing. I am at 15 followers, 2 are my accounts so I guess Im at 13 followers but its still kind of exciting for me aha.

Also, to everyone, inbox me! My life isnt exciting everyday, and its definitely not too exciting to not be thinking about everyone and all your news and how your days are going. I love getting messages and hearing about whats up in Canada with everyone so please inbox me!

Big Love!. xo
Bailey.

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