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A Visual Journey to Manual Antonio | Costa Rica

A Visual Journey to Manual Antonio | Costa Rica

I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked a two month trip to Costa Rica. I've travelled before but not for that amount of time. A part of me was afraid I wouldn't be compatible with my surroundings and feel out of place. And I'll admit, at times I felt as if I just wasn't cut out for this kind of life. But then there were moments where none of that mattered. Because I wasn't hiding behind a wall of comfort. I had pushed passed so many boundaries that I felt truly free. Free from anything that had kept me back before. 

We were sailing off the Pacific Coast of Manual Antonio, CR. My legs dangling off the edge of the boat. Sun high in the sky, wind blowing my hair around. Dolphins grazed past the boat, their noses reaching for my feet as if they wanted to say hello. It's moments like that, that made me so happy that I came here and challenged myself. I've experienced a world completely different than the one I am used too. I have seen so many incredible creations and have met incredibly beautiful people. This country has taught me what it means to love, to work hard, and to be content. It's taught me what is really important. It's opened my eyes to what makes life really beautiful. It's given me the chance to connect to myself again. 

People told me that after this trip, I would be bitten by the travel bug. And I have. I will be eternally grateful for this opportunity to learn about myself and a different culture. I have been so warmly welcomed by everyone here and have been so well taken care of. My heart is extremely full of happiness and gratitude. I am bitten by the travel bug. Not only because of the memories but also because of what I've felt. I look forward to travelling to other places and finding out what they give. Travelling has so much to offer. Next time you're given a chance to travel, take it. You won't regret it. 

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