Hello from somewhere above Costa Rica! I am currently on my flight home to Southern California. We found a direct flight from LAX to Panama so the air travel has actually been the easiest part of our whole trip!
I didn’t post Friday because internet was spotty and I didn’t feel like fighting it. Luckily, you didn’t miss much. El Valle, the town we stayed at the last two nights in Panama, is pretty quiet and there isn’t too much to do.
Luckily for the locals we decided to wash off the mud masks before heading to lunch. It started to downpour on us so we ducked into a random restaurant to eat and wait it out.
I thought it was weird that mixed drinks were very hard to find. Everywhere had beer, but no one had hard alcohol drinks. *By someone I mean Ben.
Since we were in the rainforest and all the sky decided to POUR for a few solid hours. We hung out in the hotel a bit before heading to the most depressing zoo I’ve ever seen. Sad.
Plus a batido for
good measure spiking. Plus dessert that we shared. I definitely indulged a lot on this vacation, but I figured I would. (There are undocumented sweets from the bakery.)I say when you’re on vacation you should just enjoy it! This morning we took a walk with my adopted dog, Don Pepe. (I named him after our hotel.)
Then, we caught another bus to the airport. It is a LONG LONG day of travel
And I got a meal that I feel summarizes me and my priorities in life –
Despite the indulgent vacation, I don’t think Panama had good sweets besides the brownie sundae (which isn’t local obviously). I need chocolate to be happy, but none of the treats in the panaderia were chocolate.
I fully indulge and enjoy eating on vacation and during holidays. I always say, “Everything in moderation – even moderation!” and apply that to times like this.
I also took a complete vacation from structured exercise. I visited the gym the first day of our trip, but it wasn’t available after that and I didn’t worry about it. I think it’s a good idea to let your body 100% rest from exercise a week or two out of the year and this was my week.
I kinda planned this trip around the fact that I should probably be forced to NOT run after the marathon and that worked out.
said written, I am itching to run again! I am craving big salads and healthy foods!! I am ready to get back to my normal routine. Being away from running and the foods I love made me realize that I really do feel good when I run and eat and sleep like normal. I feel off schedule with all of the above and am ready to get back home
See ya in a bit!