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After waffles, Sunday was a lazy day spent by the pool, enjoying the animals around the property and massages.

Our second meal at Ostra (I spared Brian one meal without picture taking) was just as delicious as I remembered from last year. The chef’s signature tuna ceviche was impeccable, the cucumber/tofu gazpacho refreshing, the salmon delightful and the 60/80 chocolate dessert with orange sorbet amazing.

Of course, the highlight of Sunday was watching the Kansas City Royals clinch the World Series!! We did our best to celebrate from afar.

On Monday we rented a car and drove down to Tamarindo (which is where I first visited in Costa Rica for a surf camp with my friend Stef) for some shopping and beach-going. It was as beautiful as I remembered but has developed a lot since I’d last visited. We also went to Playa Avellana, which was an interesting dirt-road drive and great for watching surfers.

Tuesday was our last full day and we spent it by the pool – swimming, reading, beer drinking perfection. We had the adults-only pool to ourselves all day and then walked down to the beach for a little while. After showers, we went to our one scheduled activity for the day – an arepas cooking class. Just corn flour, water and salt, we made a bunch and the cook fried them up and served them with fresh guacamole and pico. The chef was impressed with Brian’s perfectionist technique and asked if he cooked at home. They weren’t too bad but we made enough for a small army.

It was a wonderful trip, full of lots of relaxing. Pura Vida! Thanks for stopping by and hope you find yourself relaxing somewhere soon.

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