I am fortunate to have made friends for life when I attended Colby College from 2004-2008. #gomules.
I played basketball with some of the most fun loving, hardworking, genuine people I have ever met. The type of people who, no matter how long it’s been, you pick up right where you’ve left off (cliché I know – but it’s true). Over the last month, two of these greats (T and Jax) made trips down to visit me and Em. As I started to miss them the second they left, and as I looked through the pictures of our adventures together in Costa Rica, it made me think a lot about everything we have gone through together and how far we’ve come. Seriously – we have come a LONG way since 2004. So I powered up my hard drive and went for an awkward, cringe worthy ride down memory lane to relive a lot of the wonderful memories I have with Tanya and Jackie. Below are some highlights:
Disclaimer: You will notice that I kept out pictures from freshmen and sophomore year. I was going to put some in here and then realized I might lose the 2 aforementioned friends if I used them. You can use your imagination I’m sure.
I hope you all noticed that the pictures got less absurd as time went on. That’s the trend that we are hoping to continue as we go through our lives together. Fingers crossed.
One thing that we keep reflecting upon about visiting is that there is a huge difference between getting dinner with someone and really going away together. Having dinner you hear the “who, what, where, when” etc. of life. It’s a blast and always so, so wonderful to see everyone. But when you go away together and have multiple days and nights, you have time for the big conversations. How you feel about what’s going on with your job, your spouse, your family, what have you. About your current hopes, dreams, fears, plans, body aches. How you are really managing all of a sudden being an “adult.” It’s so fun to have these conversations with people who have known you for years and years because it helps you reflect on how much you’ve grown and changed. So thanks, T and Jax for giving me the opportunity to reflect and for opening up about where you guys are in your lives.
Jackie and Greg’s Visit
Jackie and Greg were true ballers and came down for about 10 days. Em and I were fortunate enough to meet up with them for a long weekend in Dominical. We rented a beautiful airbnb and spent hours catching up, laughing, lounging, swimming, and making new memories together.
Thank you, Jackie and Greg, for spending your free time down here in Costa Rica. Can’t wait to connect again this summer.
Tanya’s Vist (Playa del Coco)
The week after Semana Santa, T was a trooper and jumped on a plane to spend a 4-day weekend in Costa Rica. For those of you considering visiting – seriously it isn’t that far. Depending on the flight, it’s quicker to get to Costa Rica than to California from the East Cost. Just saying – thinking about it…
The 2.5 days we spent together felt more like a week (and we were asleep by 9:45 every night – what a victory). It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a day when you don’t sleep until noon.
On Friday, T and I hit up Playa del Coco and Playa Hermosa. On Saturday we went with Em to Playa Penca (first time for us – one of my favorite beaches I’ve been to for sure) and a resort with a great pool. Lots of laughs, cards, chatting, and swimming. Boston had some snow, right?
In summary, if you come visit us we will eat a lot of good food, go swimming, drink beer (if you want), laugh, talk about life, see animals, sweat a lot, and take selfies (if you want). You may or may not put yourself at risk of having photos from the early 2000s posted on the world wide web – but I promise that it’s a risk worth taking.