Traveling: Central Valley, Costa Rica

The phrase ‘unmarried mom traveling’ does have a lovely ring to it, but upon my daughter’s beginning, I become utterly devastated with the aid of the thought that it might be not possible to preserve my journeying ways with my infant. But like the seasons- mind, opportunities and those trade. After 12 months and a half of settling into motherhood, I observed that journeying as a single mother with my nineteen months antique with the aid of my facet, become now not impossible in spite of everything. Our first actual experience becomes Costa Rica for 35 days. We visited 5 exceptional places starting with the Central Valley, then directly to the Caribbean Coast, the Northern Central Valley and ultimately to the Pacific Coast. We encountered many hours of travel, new places to evolve to and unforgettable memories.

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I think that traveling remains in a child’s psyche and shapes their person in a conscientious and effective manner. I noticed it first-hand how definitely high-quality the revel in was for my daughter Natalia and I plan to hold touring as a great deal as we will. Natalia changed into ecstatic while we’d sooner or later arrive at our new vacation spot after hours of journey. She might take a look at out our new domestic and say “Natalia’s house” and we might each gracefully ease into every new vacation spot and tour scenario that we encountered.

The Central Valley became the first location we settled for seven days. I wanted to see in which in Costa Rica we might possibly like to calm down for a year or two inside the destiny. I might be teaching and dabbling in real property and Natalia might be getting a bilingual education and basking in the sun. I turned into pining for the seaside, however, I did now not need to limit my options to simplify the seaside. Most of the jobs in Costa Rica are within the Central Valley and I wanted to get to recognize the Central Valley first hand so that I may want to evaluate my reports as soon as I ventured out to the coasts. I also wanted to see what would be greater exciting as well as practical for the each of us, with an awesome job marketplace, excellent colleges, and a child-pleasant atmosphere. I might then decide on the satisfactory choice for my little one daughter- coming across existence and growing, and for me- a teacher, world visitor, and fun-loving single mom.

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The Central Valley is a massive vicinity with many cities together with San Jose, Heredia, and Alajuela. When I was learning those towns, I was getting advice from people and from the net to keep away from them. I even have by no means been to Central or South America. I did now not need to overwhelm myself with a massive Central American city, even as I would already be crushed with my small journey partner. If I have been visiting unmarried or with pals, I might gladly test out the big sprawling towns, however with a child, I felt that I must be greater low-key. I desired a homey small city feel with a two-bedroom region and a kitchen in order that Natalia and I would get acclimated to living daily life in the Central Valley just like the locals.

We selected a small village in the united states of America hills called Pan de Azucar which means that ‘sugar bread’ in Spanish. Pan de Azucar is on the outskirts of a cozy little city called Atenas. Atenas has a critical park in the middle and is surrounded by way of quaint own family-run corporations and restaurants known as Sodas. Atenas has an easy cathedral, Tico-style residential houses and rolling mountain degrees in the historical past. It is a mellow city, with kid-pleasant stores, together with a sweet store, toy store and a delicious bakery proper across from the park. It had treats that Natalia loved to eat, just like the carrot bread. Atenas additionally boasts that it has “the exceptional weather in the world”, which was the deal breaker for me. There is something very healthful and exclusive approximately the “pleasant climate of the world” and I wanted me and my child female to enjoy it.

After many committed nights of research, I determined a secure -bedroom house on-line via a complete website that rents holiday houses by the proprietor. In my opinion, whilst staying for longer durations of time and visiting with kids, a home kind of surroundings is the nice alternative. The assets wherein we rented our house is Japanese owned and is referred to as ‘Casa de Megumi’. In Spanish and Japanese, it manner ‘House of Blessing’. ‘Casa’ approach house in Spanish and ‘Megumi’ approach blessing in Japanese. Finding a Japanese run excursion condominium in Costa Rica changed into a first-rate accident for me because of my recent Japanese-oriented past. I lived in Japan for a year and a half of, turned into pregnant in Japan for 5 months, and it became the remaining location I traveled to earlier than going to Costa Rica. Since I actually have a profound fascination with all things Japanese, Casa de Megumi become automatically kindred to me. Moreover, once I was given to realize the earnestly useful proprietor of the belongings, Hisano Bell, a Japanese girl from Yokohama, I knew in my intestine that Casa de Megumi become the right area for us to start our Costa Rica adventure.

Hisano became like a journey dad or mum-angel for us inside the Central Valley. Even before we arrived in Costa Rica, Hisano and I were inconsistent contact. She had all kinds of provisions made for us, like getting our groceries earlier than we landed. When I sent Hisano my grocery list, I forgot to place espresso on the list, however, Hisano affords nearby Costa Rican espresso for her visitors; I did now not even must fear about that. On the night we arrived, we enjoyed a conventional Tico meal that Hisano arranged for us with the cook at Casa de Megumi. Hisano’s thoughtfulness was limitless. She could even force us into metropolis sometimes and offer knowledgeable tour recommendations, like in which to exchange cash for the best charge. That is what I name Japanese provider and hospitality. The Japanese people delight themselves on how nicely they serve others. When I became residing in Japan, I learned loads about presenting honest satisfactory offerings to my customers, students and anyone I selected to assist, paid or not. These identical qualities of properly carrier that I discovered in Japan have been the equal qualities that Hisano shared with us. The coincidence of Casa de Megumi was a true blessing.

Come to think of it, extra coincidences observed in our life at Casa de Megumi. I view those coincidences as omens or as warning signs that despite the fact that I turned into traveling to an unknown land with a baby all by myself, these omens have been like familiarities alongside our journey, to make us sense secure and like we were on the right course. I am a massive fan of Paolo Coehlo’s philosophies and I am spiritual, so for me, the quality coincidences at Casa de Megumi were magical and welcomed at each step.

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On the Casa de Megumi property we stayed at Casa Verde, a pristinely clean and newly revamped bedroom house with all of the services, get right of entry to fertile gardens with avocado bushes, brilliant valuable valley perspectives, and a sparkling pool. Hisano lives in Casa Grande, the other house on the assets with her own family. I became definitely enamored with Hisano’s mother. She is an elderly girl with sleek mannerisms and constantly dressed in traditional Japanese regalia. Natalia and Hisano’s canine, Jon-Jon were quite lots inseparable throughout our whole live at Casa de Megumi. It felt like we had an automated pet upon arrival and it becomes heartwarming to look my daughter creating a bond and being concerned for an animal. She had many more possibilities to keep in touch and care for animals throughout our experience in Costa Rica. Animals and pets are part of an incorporated and populated mix in Costa Rica. Kids love animals and this is one principal reason that makes Costa Rica so child-appropriate and amusing.