Meet my hubby: Ricky.
Yes, we are Ricky and Nikki. We couldn’t have planned it better (or worse!) if we tried. You will see and hear more about Ricky on here, as he has not only accompanied me on almost all of my travels, but 9 times out of 10 he is the reason for them. His life-loving attitude is infectious, and when you are married to an adventure-seeking, fearless, (and often stubborn) Costa Rican who is proud to share his country with anyone and everyone, the phrases “I can’t”, “I’m busy”, or “I’m too tired” do not exist. There is only “pura vida” here in Costa Rica, which (when offered by my husband) usually means that by each day’s end I have explored another corner of this beautiful country, learned something new about Costa Rican culture, and have added another handful of photos to the ever-growing pile.
The above photo is one of me setting out on a hike to the top of Cerro Chato mountain in the town of La Fortuna. It’s too bad that La Fortuna is nowhere near either coast as the photo suggests otherwise (this way to the beach, anyone?). Like my husband, I consider myself to be a silly and fun-loving person, stubborn as can be, yet open to new challenges and experiences. An endless amount of creativity pours out of me, however since the creativity is not always met by talent I never really know what to do with it. At any given time I usually have 100+ ideas roaming around my mind at once, and although I allow myself to get prematurely excited for the prospect of each and every one, I usually get over an idea just as quickly by moving on to the next. From time to time, a really great idea sticks and something incredible comes out of it. The development of our business (Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated) is a great example of this. Hopefully our Costa Rica Travel Blog will be another.
I love nature, natural beauty, and appreciating simple things. I also love the arts – visual, not performance (I can draw, paint, write, and design, but I couldn’t hold a tune or step to a beat if my life depended on it), family is everything to me, and I maintain a “vega-tarian” diet (as explained in our related blog post: Vegetarian And Vegan Dining In Costa Rica). I get bored often, I need change regularly (including hair colour and style changes, home design changes, and daily lifestyle routine changes), and I am surprisingly good at adapting to major life shifts such as moving countries, learning new languages, experiencing new cultures, and adjusting priorities. The dark still scares me, the smell of meat and seafood sickens me, and animal cruelty disgusts me. On a happier note, devoting my time, energy, effort, and financial funds to great causes and initiatives fulfills me, reading and writing enlighten me, and tales of overcoming hardship inspire me.
Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk. Although I may appear quiet when you first meet me, I feel most at home when I am rambling on about the way the world is, was, likely will be, or should be (in my opinion!). I also have a lot to say about Costa Rica, as a result of my experience as an independent traveller, businesswoman, and local. I can’t wait to share this bit by bit with you.
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