My Costa Rican Commune

Sunset at Playitas Beach

Sunset at Playitas Beach

I'm having one of those romantic, everything is amazing kind of days. 

I moved into mine and Natali's new apartment last night. The location is perfect, we're right in town while simultaneously living up in the jungle with the monkeys. When I unlocked the gate for our little Costa Rican commune (with my own set of keys) I no longer felt like a visitor here. 

My front yard

My front yard

It's a simple one bedroom, studio-esque apartment. My landlord is a cute young Tico man who speaks very little english. We wrestled with the language barrier, laughed about it, and eventually got our messages across...I think. I love the awkward dance of words. You have no choice but to put your guard down and surrender to feeling and sounding like an absolute idiot. 

This morning I was greeted on my door step  by a stocky dog with floppy ears. I left my door open for him, he sat there and looked at me, respecting my space and eventually laid down on the cool tiles of my front porch. I don't know his name but I like him. 

I walked to Emilio's for coffee and breakfast. It's quaint with a spectacular view over looking the jungle down to the ocean. With coffee in hand looking out over the vibrant greens, pinks, and yellows, I no longer felt a separation between me and my surroundings. I couldn't tell where I ended and the humid jungle air began. I think that's what being content feels like. 

Emilio's Cafe 

Emilio's Cafe 

I live in a place where people regularly stop what they're doing and get together at the beach just to watch the sunset. This is my favorite part of the day. Sunsets happen everywhere but it's different here. Not only can you see the sun slide past the horizon to greet the other side of the world but you can feel it. You can feel everything that happened that day leave with the light, it's cleansing and meditative. Any weight that I carried with me through that day is gone and I get the opportunity to begin again. It's a beautiful thing. 

The words have been flowing like never before. I've been writing for me and me only, focusing on my own personal growth. It's impossible not to be inspired here. I think I've finally found my muse.