1. Heide

    It is a rare gift to be conscious of the moment as you’re living it, and to be able to slow down as you did to soak it all in. Something tells me you’ll not only bring the “pura vida” back home, but that you’ll carry it with you wherever your life’s path takes you next.

    Gorgeous photos and adorable selfies, by the way. Those smiles say it all. 🙂

    • Thank you! I was really feeling like I desperately needed that trip. It was just at the right moment in my life. I am excited to be heading back to Costa Rica with my kids and husband next week. It will be my kids first real international trip and I can hardly wait to see what they think. I’m hoping they catch the love of traveling and cultures that I have. 🙂

      • Heide

        I’m SO EXCITED for your kids! And I have no doubt they will catch their mom’s love of traveling and cultures; it’s highly contagious. 🙂

      • Oh thank you! I am excited too! I also got your earlier message with the blog post. Can’t wait to read it! Do you have any more posts you recommend that I read? I would love to dive into your blog too. I just need to know where to start! 🙂 Nicole

      • Wow that is a cool shot! How long have you been blogging for? You have a very strong readership! That is fabulous! Yes, I wish I had more time to read more blogs. I always feel like it is hard just getting the time to write my own posts

      • Heide

        Thanks for your kind words about that shot! Although I was really disappointed at the time, in hindsight it seems like a “happy accident.” As for your blogging question, I’ve been posting at this URL for almost eight years. I’m honestly a bit mystified by all of these followers — because I have no idea who the vast majority are, or why they subscribed! But I have formed friendships over the years with a handful of loyal blog-friends, whom I treasure. Which brings me to your last statement: I struggle to find time to follow all my friends’ blogs too. It’s definitely a time commitment, but I think it pays huge dividends in new perspectives and creative inspiration. There are a lot of wonderful, talented people out there who are doing their thing for the sheer love of it (like you!) and I find the enthusiasm contagious. 🙂

      • Yes I agree! Sometimes I wonder who these phantom subscribers are! But every now and then I’m surprised by a comment from someone who has never commented before but has been following for years!

    • Thanks Amy! The owners called that bird “Mr T” because he kept thinking it was another hummingbird and pounding his face into the mirror trying to attack it! Isn’t that hilarious?!

  2. I know what you mean about missing things without sharper eyes to see them. It was the same way for us in the rain forest. The guide could spot everything and with a spotting lens that we could take turns looking through, we saw lots of great things.


  3. Di

    Hello Nicole!
    I could really feel myself there reading your post. I think the total silence in the house afforded me full immersion. How beautiful, and such an experience. Your photos and videos are superb. I adored the little hummingbird looking at himself in the mirror. So adorable. And I can understand you wanting to take a little piece of the beauty and peace with you back home. Not long and you’ll be back to share it with your family… that must be such an amazing thought. Great post Nicole 🦋🌟🌺

  4. What a beautiful place Nicole, though I wouldn’t have liked the breakfast much not being a fan of rice and beans (got too much of it in Cuba I guess). The waterfall is spectacular! And you do look soooo happy!

    • Oh I love rice and beans! The way the Costa Ricans make them is so good that I even bought the special sauce to make them at home! 🙂 Yes it was really a divine place. One of the best I’ve stayed at as I felt so connected with nature, and yes happy!

  5. You’ve transported me yet again Nicole with your amazing adventures, words and stunning photos. That river hike sounds like quite an adventure. Loved it.

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