The next day we had a lunch and then journeyed to our last destination. It was a hot spring spa in a town called La Fortuna. This was our final destination for the trip, and here we would celebrate Omnia’s birthday! We got there a little early and they were already prepared for us. They greeted us with hot towels and awesome fruit drinks. They led us to our luxurious room. This was the nicest place we had been to yet. It also had the coolest stone shower I had seen the whole trip.
We were ready to celebrate and treat ourselves. This hot spring spa looked to be a final awesome experience and a perfect way to end an amazing vacation. Relaxed! We went and explored the spas. There were several different pools full of hot water from the underground hot springs. One of the pools had a bar we could swim up to, sit on stools in the water and order amazing drinks. There were hot waterfalls that you could stand under and feel the stress melt away. There were even iguanas running around. Life couldn’t get better than this.
We spent the day there and then enjoyed an awesome dinner. I got a great massage that night. Then I met back up with the rest of them and we spent the remainder of the night swimming around in the hot spas until they closed. We had really done this vacation right, and this was the best possible ending I could imagine.
We returned to the hot springs in the morning. It was really nice. We were disappointed though that the bar wasn’t open before noon. What lunacy.
At last, after a wonderfully relaxing morning, a tough moment had arrived for me. My flight home was many hours before Mike, Omnia, and Brian’s. For obvious reasons, they didn’t want to rush back and sit around Liberia all day. So I decided to take the private shuttle back to the airport so they could enjoy some more time in the spa.
Before I left, they said “at least we know our drive back will be easy.” I laughed at that. I knew they had cursed their journey back by saying those words, and I was glad I wasn’t going to be on their final absurd adventure with them.
My shuttle driver was great, we chatted a lot and he told me all about Costa Rica. I was very sad to leave, but man it had been an insane 2 weeks. I felt I had really done this vacation right.
I got to the airport and had to admit, I was also a bit excited. My friend Simon had done the nicest thing ever for me and managed to upgrade both of my flights to First Class. I had never flown first class before! Instead of feeling sad about the end of an amazing vacation, I found myself eagerly looking forward to even more awesome experiences on the flights home. There was no better way to leave a hot spring spa in Costa Rica than by flying home first class. I spent one night in Houston, and then flew back home. This was the perfect ending to a perfect trip.
The end of my trip was smooth and wonderful. I can’t say the same for Mike, Omnia, and Brian. Their adventures continued. I knew they would have another misadventure on their drive back to Liberia, and they did. They ran out of gas on their way home. Then their flights got cancelled, and they had to spend the night there and get another flight the next day.
This was the first trip that I had gone international in way too long. And I’m so glad I did. I had forgotten how good it is for your brain to step into a totally foreign surrounding. My perspective of the world had changed. My perspective of myself had changed. I became aware of a new and slower pace of life… Pura Vida! My Spanish had improved. And my enthusiasm for life was greatly renewed. We had gone bungee jumping, white water rafting, and repelling. We went parasailing, ziplining, and body boarding. We watched a million fireworks be shot off in violent rapid succession. We floated in the ocean, in the rapids, and in the hot springs. We drove across mountains and through rivers. We stayed in hostels, hotels, luxurious spas, and cabins without electricity. We had a hundred different adventures, made a thousand different memories, and came back from each one stronger and more excited than before. Even now months after the trip, I still don’t feel the same. I can’t wait until my next adventure with my awesome friends!