I am changing jobs — leaving Water.org and heading to Bank of America. With this change comes a lot of fodder for reflection so I thought it would be nice to get away somewhere for the week in between. I had been to Costa Rica several years back with my friend Stef to learn how to surf and I’ve wanted to come back ever since. So, here I am!

I booked myself for five days at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort. Brian didn’t want to be away from work this week, so it’s just me — which seems confusing for the staff here, but, yes, table for one please.

I love presents. My room included complimentary sun hats, coconut candies, granadilla fruit and minibar of snacks and drinks. There are also a bunch of activities planned for the week (I’ve signed up for three classes so far). I also love the indoor/outdoor rain shower.

I explored around the property after I arrived and had a little lunch. There are two pools, three beaches, a gym, spa and three restaurants. Chao Pescao had an awesome tapas happy hour. The open-air was incredible — despite the sprinkling rain, you still felt the breeze. I had salmon ceviche, fresh corn tortas with fresh salsa and guacamole. Accompanied with a basil mojito (complete with burning stick of cinnamon). It was all delicious and I happily headed back to my room for some sleep.

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