Yes – we got married. Again!! Greg and I celebrated 20 years of being married to each other by taking a little trip to Manuel Antonio and doing our own vow renewal. It was lovely, and perfect in every way. More on the vow renewal in a bit… Here’s a recap of our trip.
We started the trip by having our friend and driver, the amazing WILSON of Coati Tours pick us up in the morning, and had a huge fun-filled day with him. He took his time on getting us to Manuel Antonio, and along the way we stopped for several cool views:
Had the BEST slice of mango I’ve ever had at this huge fruit stand called “FRUTERA DON ELIAS”. Wilson loves the mango ceviche here, and had us try some – but both Greg and I did not care for (very vinegary taste):
Had lunch at El Pelicano in Herradura, and had a moment of silence as we found out that this was where the fated catamaran had taken off from that had sunk last week.
It was a beautiful day while we were there, with a slight breeze from the ocean, and we had a lovely lunch. Here’s my piná colada with a real flower in it ————->
After lunch, we made a quick stop in Quepos to drop off some of my books (Costa Rica Chica) at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop in Quepos. What a charming little bookstore, and how exciting for me to get my book in an actual BOOK STORE!:
And then we arrived in Manuel Anontio at Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort, here’s the view from our room and a little gift the hotel left us for our anniversary (so nice!!):
The hotel and grounds were amazing – 11 acres of jungle type beach front, 2 private beaches, monkeys and sloths in the trees, and very hilly (but there were golf carts with friendly employees always available to cart us around if needed):
After our photo shoot, our friends Matt & Jenn of Two Weeks in Costa Rica (they have TWO books out and a blog) drove up to meet us and have dinner at Cafe Milagro (a cute little cafe that just celebrated THEIR 20th anniversary – they shared their sign with Greg & I). Matt, Jenn & Greg were really happy to find out they had an IPA beer on tap! We had a really fun and relaxed evening with them.
On our last day, we had a yummy breakfast. This white fruit is guanabana – tasted like a sour apple candy, we both liked it. And here’s a pic of Greg’s breakfast – gallo pinto, eggs over medium, corn tortilla, fried cheese and plantain.
However, we also had a few “glitches” on this trip…. Greg went for a swim in the ocean with his wallet (luckily everything dried out fine, including the colonés!). Greg stepped on a horrid unseen stick on the beach and tore a huge gash in his foot (they had great first aid on staff who took care of him!). And I ripped a strap on my dress – right before we were ready to take pictures on the beach:
And then after we got home, I had a scary 12 hours. When I unpacked – I couldn’t find my diamond engagement ring anywhere! I looked through everything 10 times, contacted the hotel and our driver, and basically just felt terribly sick to my stomach the whole night. What can be said about a girl, who on her 20th wedding anniversary goes and loses her diamond engagement ring???
However, crisis was averted – I found it the next morning (was tangled in a pair of earrings I had unpacked and forgot about)!!! Whew. I could now work on this blog and go back to enjoying my 20th wedding anniversary trip, without the sickening ending I was starting to envision.