Costa Rican Birthday

by Kelli on December 19, 2010

Kelli's Costa Rica Birthday Cake

This year I got to celebrate my birthday in Costa Rica.  It was really cool to experience my first ever warm birthday (I’ve never worn shorts and a t-shirt on my birthday before). 

I had a great start to the day with a 7 am outdoor yoga class overlooking the beach.  I was in heaven.  

I got back to the apartment to find that Brad had secretly gone out to the grocery store while I was at yoga and purchased ingredients for a special birthday “cake” he knew I would love.  He put it together while I got ready (I even washed my hair for the occasion), and before we headed out the door for the day I was eating a very healthy fruit cobbler.  It was sooo good! 

Then it was off to the bus for the one-hour ride to the “big city” of Liberia.  We had to run to catch the bus (couldn’t stop eating that birthday cake).  I felt like a little kid again.  And like Tommy Boy. 

We got to Liberia and saw the Harry Potter movie (with subtitles).  We had the whole theatre to ourselves.  It was awesome.  We even got in trouble for putting our feet on the seats in front of us.  An employee came into the theatre in the middle of the movie and shone the flashlight in our eyes and everything (yes, I did mention we were the only two people in the theatre).  For pushing further into my thirties, I was really enjoying all the opportunities to feel like a little kid again.

Before we knew it, it was time to catch the bus back to Coco.  As we were waiting at the bus stop we watched a street vendor that sells pipa fria (coconut water in the actual coconut) cut discarded coconut shells in half and give it to anxiously-awaiting squirrels.  It reminded me of watching an old man on a park bench feeding pigeons.  When the bus arrived at our stop, it was already so crowded we barely made it on, and for the first half of the ride we each had one foot balanced on a 3-inch ledge.  

Back in Coco we watched a gorgeous sunset on the beach as we ate dinner at a great fish and sushi restaurant.  It was a great birthday.

{ 9 comments }

alexis klein December 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm

hi !it^s Lexi. how was your B^day? i hope the anser is great. I saw you eating a cake.
i loved it. i hope i get a repliy. but i loved all the pics.

Kelli December 23, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Hi Lexi! Thanks so much for your note! I’m glad you liked my cake – I liked it, too. I’m glad you liked the pictures, too.

It was fun to see you on the computer the other day and see your drawing. You are a great artist! I hope you are having a great Christmas!

Victoria December 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

MISS YOU TONS!!

Kelli December 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Victoria! I miss you guys so much, too. Hope to “see” you soon!

Colleen January 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Update your dang blog!! :)

Brad January 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Done. Ya happy now? 😉

Jason January 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

It looks like Brad forgot his razor in the USA… Wait! Kelli sold it for him :)

Brad January 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I have the razor, but it’s too much work. There is an update on that, though. Now the beard lives on only in memory.

Jason January 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Ahhh that’s more like it, bye bye to Tooele Brad :) Must be nice to just let the beard grow for a while. You guys look very happy and like your really enjoying yourselves. Congrats!!

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