Peace on Earth
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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We know there's snow in Canada (and maybe even in Europe?), but alas, it won’t be a white Christmas for us this year. Not even a pearly white beach as surrogate snow. In fact, there’s more black sand here than white, eluding to this country’s active volcanic past (and present).
However, the sand and beaches have provided much enjoyment and adventure for us. From our balcony we can see the far end of the beach and a rocky headland and noticed that at low tides a small sandy area appears on the headland – aha, a chance to explore beyond the end of the beach? So, after consulting tidal charts, one morning we set off to see what lay beyond the headland…
Since our last update we have also made the 5km trek into town….twice! The kids were troopers and really didn’t complain all that much considering the conditions. Our first trek was followed by an unusual event (at least unusual in our limited experience of Costa Rica)….it rained! And it continued to rain for most of the day. We took advantage of the weather to finish our Xmas shopping and catch up with internet stuff – we also bought new wedding rings as we left the real ones at home.
Xmas shopping is a little limited in Playas de Coco. It is very much a tourist town and most of the stores are either souvenir stores or grocery stores. There are also lots of restaurants, bars and tour operators
This has been the least stressful Christmas Eve ever…..there were few gifts to buy, very little food needed and there was no snow or cold weather to contend with! Instead, we swam in the pool, walked on the beach, swam in the ocean, made new friends and watched the Polar Express!
Our Christmas day plans start with traditional scrambled eggs n’ smoked salmon (delicious… if you’ve never tried it) accompanied by Bucks fizz to get the party rolling. Gifts this year are in short supply although looks like Santa is in the Coco beach vicinity (we’re pretty sure we spotted him on his bike downtown yesterday… probably picking up some last minute gifts)… I expect that everyone will have something to open in the morning.
What’s left of the day is up in the air, but I’m sure it’ll be memorable however it pans out…
Enjoy your Christmas day whatever you’re up to and don’t overdo it on the turkey.
Until next time…