So two days ago I finally made it to Esterillos, Costa Rica! I’m living in a house with Penny and Chris, two other sweet girls one of their moms (who all work at the clubhouse too). It’s amazingly hot here and I absolutely love it. I feel like I’m always wrapped up in a blanket of warm, thick air.
When I originally planned this whole trip, I had bought a plane ticket ahead of time to fly from Guatemala to Costa Rica. I of course ended up canceling it so I could bus over- it’s cheaper and much more of an adventure. Also fyi, the airlines I booked with were super cool about everything and it’s because they’re a smaller airline, if you book with bigger ones, they’re not always cool about changes and cancelations.
I think the only bad thing that happened while bussing over is that my camera broke (my bag got chucked off the top of one too many busses I think…). It was weird when I realized that it was broken because I wasn’t mad like I thought I would be, actually I don’t even remember being a little upset. It’s a really cool feeling to be free of the connections we create with our stuff, no matter how important or justified of an attachment we feel it is. It’s all just stuff at the end of the day. Pictures are funny anyways. I’ve always been a lover of pictures- taking them, being in them, looking at them, giving them, getting them- they’re pretty sweet. But what I have weird feelings about is posting them online. Ok don’t freak out. I have a whole website full of pictures. I don’t even know how many albums I have on FB. I have an Instagram. I had to get an external hard drive to keep my pictures on because I had over 15,000 on my computer and it was slowing everything down, so I’m definitely not trying to point out the stick in someone else’s eye right now.
I think what I’m trying to say is that it’s cool to share moments through photos- there’s a lot of good that can come out it. But it’s also really cool to just enjoy it by yourself or with the people who were there. I feel like a lot of us get so used to getting likes, comments and affirmation on the photos we post that we can’t even enjoy the picture if it’s not online, right? I think the most used word of 2013 was selfie. Dude, that’s pretty stupid. Not that I’m against posting a picture of yourself online, geeze look at my facebook or instagram and if you stalk me long enough, you could probably find hundreds photos of me, but it shouldn’t ever become more important that what’s actually going on in life. You shouldn’t constantly be concerned with what other people think about you or your photos. Be free from that crap- If you like it, then that should be cool enough. I’m not going nazi about not posting photos or anything, I just think it’s something to be aware of.
Hi, here’s some iphone photos (I’m actually pretty bad at taking pics with my phone because I’ve always just used my camera).
One of the sickest boulders I’ve found this whole trip! you could traverse around it and I found at least 3-4 sweet routes ranging from V0-V3 maybe? I’m glad I brought my shoes with me.
one of my favorite chicken busses I got to ride in. The inside was decked out with really cool dreamcatchers (which I was really excited about).
and here’s me playing in El Tunco, El Salvador. Even though it looks like I’m having a great time, it was actually one of the worst open mic’s I’ve ever played at (haha funny story actually). BUT I’ve had the chance to play at a lot of different places this trip which have all been super amazing, this is just one of the more recent times (one week ago?).
I also had a week where I got super inspired and made some more jewelry, so that was fun. I’ve sold a bit too!
The day before yesterday, I got to sit in on some classes and met most of the girls who go to the club house- they are so beautiful and strong. I can’t wait to start teaching! I started putting new strings on all the ukes yesterday and tuning them up. This week is Semana Santa and a semester just ended (graduations are on Tuesday) and a new semester will start next week. Please be praying for me as I get ready to get involved in life here- I’m really excited, but I know I can’t do it on my own strength. There is also an awesome community here, and I am flooded with peace that I’m exactly where I should be right now.
Sorry I know this blog post has been kind of all over the place, but it’s really just pieces of stuff that have been going on the past few weeks. Here’s one of my favorite things that a friend I met gave me last week, it was super fitting for a situation that we were in (it’s a quote).
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Dr. Seuss
Much much love!