When I look back to my thought process before going on a trip to Costa Rica during my reading break of MBA, I definitely think I made the right choice by deciding to spend the break in a tropical heaven instead of staying in cold Toronto around February. Who really “reads” during these reading breaks, anyway?
1 Our shuttle dropped us off to a point where there was no other option but to continue on foot to travel further. Our next destination, Eco Lodge, was one river and a 3 hour hike away deep inside the tropical rain forest. We used cable car that only carried two people at a time to cross the river and began our hike.
As we went deeper and deeper in the woods, we were going further and further away from the civilization. There were no other houses or hotels within 3-4 hour hiking distance from the Eco Lodge. After getting to the lodge, we realized that everything and everyone we knew was a river and a 3 hour hike away. It felt great to be completely isolated from the rest of the world. It was time to get lost in the tropical heaven. As I lived near Dundas Square in downtown Toronto at that time which is most probably one of the busiest place in the heart of the city, going to a place where there was no urban chaos, felt simply blissful.
At the Eco Lodge, from the very first moment we opened our eyes in the morning, we started indulging ourselves into the pleasures of this tropical heaven. Every day, we woke up to a beautiful view of a small river through lush green forest; to the sounds of running water from the waterfall nearby and the birds singing; with soft rays of early morning sun slightly warming our skins. The days when we didn’t have any activities planned, we would simply relax on the deck, do yoga, read books or play cards. Afternoon naps were also a delight.