We went on vacation and all we got were these lousy sunburns

Hello? Is anybody out there?

We’ve been a bit quiet since our return to the States from Costa Rica almost two weeks ago. If you’ve been following us, you probably already know that during the first couple days of our trip Melo was getting over a cold and I had one coming on. Luckily, after just 2 days, I was feeling a lot better so we were able to take advantage of being so close to one of those black-sand beaches Costa Rica is famous for.

However…

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Playa del Coco

After being cooped up in the apartment, I was finally feeling up to going out and exploring Guanacaste a little bit. On Monday, Melo and I packed a bag with water and snacks and headed to the beach!

Outside the apartment
Outside the apartment
We were a little too hype, though, because we forgot to pack towels, a blanket, and put on sunscreen. That’s okay, though, because I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the International Day of Happiness than soaking in the sun and swimming in the warm waters of Playa del Coco!

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Hello from Coco!

Hello, hello!

So we’ve been in Costa Rica for 3 full days now and we’ve spent most of our time in the apartment sleeping. I know, I know. Boo!!

When we flew down here Melo was on the back-end of a cold and I was on the front end of one, so in addition to just being a little jet lagged and tired, our bodies were like,  “Vacation? What vacation? We gon’ sleep!”

Anyway, we did manage to get out a couple of times to briefly check out the beach and grab some groceries. Our apartment has a decent sized kitchen so cooking at “home” definitely helps make the trip more affordable for us. And while the larger grocery store is about half a mile away, there is a mini-market right across the street from where we are staying. We went there tonight to pick up just a couple of things since we walked to the larger store on Thursday night to get the majority of what we needed. On the walk back from that trip we accidentally got sprayed by Deet by the health department truck–LOL.

On the flip side, we stopped by Tico’s Panaderia for some fresh-baked goods. Melo got two savory ones: one with chicken and one with beef. I got some plain sweet bread and an apple sweet bread. They were delicious!

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Pura Vida!

Hey, ya’ll!!

Right now, we are at home packing up and cleaning up as we are in the final hours before our flight from LAX to Costa Rica!!!

This trip has been months in the making, and since this past quarter was really hectic for us (Melo was enrolled in 21 units–yikes!), we are totally ready for a week of sleeping in, sitting on the beach, and sipping on delicious Costa Rican coffee.

We’ll post several updates with photos throughout our time in Costa Rica, but we’ll definitely be using our social media to share gorgeous photos and food porn so be sure to follow us on IG, FB, Twitter, and Snapchat. Just scroll down to the bottom of our home page and you’ll see our social media icons.

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Rethinking Your Bucket List

A few weeks ago, we attended the Travel + Adventure Show in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to sit in on a talk by CBS Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg.

I won’t go into the specifics of his presentation–a lot of it was aimed at middle- to upper-class, white, hetero people/couples. And as we are a queer, low-income, non-white couple, a lot of it didn’t really apply to us; or at least, we couldn’t really relate to it. But he did have a few pointers that we could relate to and implement into our travel adventures.

One of the things he said was to throw out your bucket list. Why? Because all the places on your bucket list, are most likely on everyone else’s bucket list as well. Continue reading Rethinking Your Bucket List