My former hometown of Coco had the nerve to grow while I was gone! I lived in the small town in Costa Rica for a year, and then it took me 15 long months to find my way back. In my mind, Coco will always be a quaint little fishing village with a rough little beach and a barrio outside of town where chickens and roosters roam free. (Ok, the barrio‘s still there, but none of my friends still live near the chickens.)
Upon my return visit, I couldn’t believe the changes. My favorite Peruvian restaurant? Now a bar called the Sloppy Pelican! And there’s an enormous something being built halfway down the “boulevard,” smack in the middle of all of the charming hammock and dress shops. But I don’t want to dwell on the negatives. The Municipality finally paid Coco a visit and made some much-needed improvements. So exciting!
Is this greenery I spy on Coco Beach? Yes, the Municipality put in some gorgeous park areas with trees, plants and pebbles, so strolling the beach is something that more people do. I was wide-eyed with excitement when Lisa took me down there. It looked so beautiful!
This deck was built on the south side of the bay in a spot that used to be overrun with twigs and, I admit, often garbage. Now it’s a stunning venue for yoga classes and more.
The north side of the bay is now anchored by this pier.
Visiting stirred up many emotions, some expected, some not. My life is so different now that being back made me long for the free time that I used to have; getting a good night’s sleep, working out, taking the dogs for a run… all easy, fun activities when you don’t have to race to the office. What I didn’t expect was to get emotional over errands such as grabbing a bag of limes at the Auto Mercado. Everything we did reminded me to slow down and refocus on the small stuff. This trip was definitely a life-changer, re-correcting a personal path I had veered off from during the past few months.
I don’t want to wait 15 months again before again taking a vacation somewhere slow, where I could actually unwind and re-connect to what’s important to me. And I definitely don’t want to go more than a year again without seeing my friends.
Which begs the question: Why hasn’t anyone visited me in Vegas?!
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