Working Vacation

Just back from a fantastic couple of weeks in Costa Rica. After picking up a new surfboard in Jaco I headed down to Matapalo to connect with my good friends Stijn De Witte and Filip D’hulster, the architect and founder of Las Nubes Natural Energy Resort.

'El Ojo', The main house of Las Nubes

It’s been a year since I last was there to see the construction on the main house completed so it was very cool to see the rest of the property, gardens and cabins in full use. With the building phase over it was time for us to revisit Filip’s vision for Las Nubes and make sure his core beliefs and principles are being represented in the business’s operations and outreach.

From there I headed down to my old stomping grounds of Ojochal and Ventanas to check in with dear friends Manny and Kumari whom I used to live and work with. They own the local dive shop, liquor store and supermarket so there is always something going on however since they built a house up on the hill all I want to do is sit there and take it in.

Can you blame me?


View south towards Panama from the hills of Ventanas

As usual Manny fed me fantastic meals and we deliberated why I am not living there after all this time, a discussion that has been going on now for almost twenty years.

Needless to say it didn’t take long for the first week to end and I was soon on my way back to San Jose to pick up the band for a stint at the Gilded Iguana in Nosara followed by a showcase at the famous Jazz Cafe in Escazu.

On my way south I had seen signs for a new bungee jump. They were planted alongside the highway, six in total starting with a large number ‘5’. About half a kilometer further there was a 4 and then 3 and so on until a final sign said Bungee Jump Exit Here! Driving by I was able to see a freshly painted tower in the middle of a clearing and what looked like a wading pool in the drop zone. I had all but forgotten about it until the same ‘countdown’ signs appeared on my way back north. Expecting another peek through the trees I wondered if I might actually see someone in mid-flight. Like before the signs worked their way down from 5 to 1 however this time the ‘Exit here’ was planted directly in front of a graveyard. I laughed for miles.