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243. Leatherback Sea Turtle.

This year has been filled with many many joyous moments and occasions. Small moments of happiness and times of total excitement. And looking back at all the things I’ve accomplished and experienced this year, I can easily say, that on December 26th I saw the MOST incredible thing I had ever seen before. At 6pm Tamara, Amy and I boarded a boat to take us to Playa Grande where the Leatherback Sea Tortuga come to lay their eggs. We were given some background information about the tortugas and were told that there might be a chance that no turtles would come to lay eggs that night. I had a feeling though, this hopeful good feeling that we would see one, as it was our last night in Tamarindo and we could not come back the following day. The tour guides walkie talkies went off about 15 mins after arriving at Playa Grande and we were told that a mother turtle had arrived on the beach. We were off. We had to walk in silence and we had to walk in darkness. The guides used infa-red lights to indicate where she was on the beach and we walked as quickly as we could. When we approached the area she had chosen a spot to clear for her nest and was beginning to dig. We were taken in small groups to stand behind her and watch. It was difficult to see until I was taken right up behind the giant animal and literally – she took my breath away! I had a small gasp, clutched my mouth, and was stunned by her enormous size and beauty. I watched as she dug a deep hole with her back flippers and began to lay her eggs. They say she is in a trance of some kind when she begins this process and is only focused on her job of delivering her eggs. She is a strong, proud female doing her natural work of continuing the species. Words do not really work to describe this scene. It was breathtaking, watching nature, something that is so simple but so beautiful and has happened for centuries and will continue to happen if we as humans do not interfere. When she had finished laying her eggs she pushed the sand overtop of the nest and seemed to do a small dance to pack down the loose sand. We knew she was finished when she used her front flippers to start turning around. She flicked the sand so hard in an attempt to begin her decent back into the ocean. We were instructed that it was time for us to leave. I walked away feeling as thought I had just witnessed one of the most spectacular things I had ever seen. Standing on the beach with a million bright stars in the sky I walked back arm in arm with my friends knowing that we had experienced something profound. It was humbling to be a witness of a life cycle of such a powerful and glorious creature.

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cheese pie and coffee with Melisa

242. Cheese pie and coffee! Melisa and I meet up on the Danforth for a catch up on life every so often and we grab a cheese pie from Athens Bakery and coffee at Starbucks. It’s really a great combo! Makes us feel like we are back in Greece (just a little – or at least the ridiculous people in line for cheese pie remind us of Greece). Meeting with Melisa on the Danforth is a definite joy in my life!

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winter solstice binge

241. Christa’s Winter Solstice Binge! Cheese, wine, jellies, crackers, bread, olives, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, asparagus, salads, cranberries, cookies, cake, and TURKEY! A glorious meal put on by my dear friend Christa. It was my “christmas dinner” this year as I would not be here for a traditional one. Its one of my favourite things about the holiday time and I love how Christa goes all out! I ate way to much cheese but loved every minute of it!

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hammocks

240. Hammocks!

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surfs up!

238. Surfing on Christmas Day. Tamarindo is a surf town. The beach is incredible and waves vary from beginner to much much bigger! Amy and I took lessons to learn to paddle paddle paddle and UP! Surfing is sooo much harder than it looks. Carrying the board is a task in it’s self (especially because I had a super long beginner board). Our surf instructor was amazingly patient and helped me finally get up and catch a few waves. I respect the sport and despite being tossed around a bit by the powerful tides I loved it! Christmas day I spent lounging in a hammock, sitting by the pool and surfing! Best. Christmas. Ever.

 

239. Lobster for Christmas Dinner. This year I had a one pound lobster for Christmas Dinner. So so so yummy!

 

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Hector

237. Hector and The Search For Happiness. At the airport I realized I did not bring all that many things to read, so I used the time I had before my flight took off to find something worthy of my trip. I spied this cute little book at the bottom of the shelf, read the back of it, and was totally SOLD! It’s a story about a man who takes a trip around the world to see if people are happy. Travel and Happiness. Hmmmm, what a concept. Anywhoo, the book was amazing and got me thinking about happiness. I left it for Tamara and I hope she passes it along for others to read. It brought me happiness while reading it in Costa Rica and triggered some interesting conversations with new people!

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coconuts!

236. COCONUTS!

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