Wedding Adventure

Chris and Julie just got married in Nosara, Costa Rica. It was a beautiful ceremony with some truly remarkable, fun and intellectually curious people. We surfed, made great meals, sought waterfalls, hiked with howler monkeys and tiger rat snakes, covered ourselves in mud, played tennis, made art. We made adventure with a collective spirit seeped in love and wonder. So thankful have such wonderful friends and to have gathered together to celebrate Chris and Julie.


Mom at the entrance to Sol LeWitt’s exhibition.


Dad in front of a drawing by Sol LeWitt


Taya trying on my hat with Carol behind her.


Kristina and David Dunbar on the roof of Eataly.

DSCF6696Before heading to Costa Rica, I visited my parents in New York. On one cold day just after Christmas we all visited the Dia Beacon. We spent a particularly long time with Sol Lewitt’s drawings. I  had the good fortune of staying with Michael and Dar and seeing Taya again, who is a curious and beautiful young person. Kristina and I went shared drinks and good with David Dunbar on the roof of Eataly on the day before departure. It was an afternoon of effortless conversation, catching up on each other’s lives since TFE. David has been engaged recently with inquiry into Awe and how to best induce such a state in the classroom. When we got to the airport, the security check was none to pleased with a bag of powdery detergent Kristina was traveling with.


Kristina on the airplane as we approach Liberia.

DSCF6709 DSCF6738Alas, after our flight and delivered to our Bed and Breakfast called 15 Love.

DSCF6794 S0016803After playing a little tennis we were soon on the beach and exploring the coastal town of Tamarindo.


Oliver y Leo


Jaimie y Carla


Friends we made from Berlin, Norman and Jenine.


Kristina and Oliver’s wife, Emily.

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15 Love is a small and lovely bed and breakfast that opened first as a tennis club and now offers 4 rooms. In such an intimate space, one quickly gets to know everyone. Kristina and I shared a tennis lesson with the tennis pro and owner, Oliver.



DSCF6867 DSCF6870 DSCF6885 And then semi-disaster struck. Kristina’s surf board hit her in the nose under water. It warranted a stitch and induce some serious swelling and colorful eyes. As with pretty much everything, it could have been worse. Kristina took it remarkably well and we counted our lucky stars.

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After a wonderful stay it was time to primp for the wedding and get going. Not before a man venture- the bachelor celebration in Rincon de la Viejo.

DSCF6967 DSCF6997 DSCF6999DSCF7001The dudes met at a German bakery called the Europa Cafe, not far from the Liberia airport. The women carried on down to Nosara. From Liberia, we drove into the hills to stay for the weekend at Hacienda Guachepelin.


Bim sidelined with an infection on his arm.


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With Paul at the front, Chris’ middle brother and resident of Costa for a few years now, we found our way to a nearby river. The river served as an endless playground and was incredibly refreshing.

DSCF7102 DSCF7108 DSCF7109DSCF7120 DSCF7125We came back to transition into the evening festivities. Not before putting on some Megings and have Hammock Therapy.


Julien playing his first game of ultimate frisbee.

DSCF7150 DSCF7153 DSCF7159 DSCF7186 DSCF7188 DSCF7277 DSCF7279 DSCF7283 DSCF7290 DSCF7292 DSCF7295 DSCF7297 DSCF7298 DSCF7304DSCF7305The next day started at dawn. We drove out to local hot springs to have them to ourselves, in fact, before they actually were opened. After hours of relaxing in and at times, nearly passing out, we went back to our hacienda just in time for our complimentary breakfast. Multiple omelets later, we were ready for the next leg of the day- a 8 kilometer hike out to a resplendent waterfall. The hike itself was magnificent and was here that we saw monkeys fly in the canopy above as well as a 7 foot (?) Tiger Rat Snake glide effortless above our trail. The range and depth of conversation on this hike gave testimony to the curiosity of the  personalities whom Chris has surrounded himself. The hike was rounded off with a windy sunset game of ultimate frisbee.


S0047246S0047250DSCF7307Examples of how the rivers and the local ecosystems are playful, wonderful and potentially hazardous places to explore.

DSCF7317 DSCF7318DSCF7324DSCF7322DSCF7321DSCF7320We drove down south along the coast and on bumpy roads to Nosara. I found Kristina and then carried on to a nearby beach to catch the last of the evening’s light.

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The next day we availed ourselves of body boards and surf boards and took to the beach.

DSCF7387 DSCF7386 DSCF7383 DSCF7382DSCF7380 DSCF7376 DSCF7391 DSCF7389Mikey gave us a surf lesson while a few local dogs came by to find some lovin’.

DSCF7394Julien after a full day on the ocean, pausing to say, “Hondo.”

DSCF7408 DSCF7406 DSCF7405 DSCF7404 DSCF7403 DSCF7402 DSCF7401 DSCF7399The following day Kristina got Watsu work done on her by Drew.

DSCF7424 DSCF7422And another spectacular sunset followed by feasting at Paloma Azul.


Eduardo firing up the grill.


Nick, the grill master, taking a break from his hard work.

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DSCF7564 DSCF7563 DSCF7567Some of the boys recovering the following day.

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DSCF7738 DSCF7743 DSCF7748 DSCF7750 DSCF7751DSCF7760Caity J leading the bride and groom in a dance lesson before the ceremony. These photos are made by Julien.



DSCF7777 DSCF7786 DSCF7784 DSCF7783 DSCF7782Members of the band, CocoLocos also getting ready before the ceremony.

DSCF7766 DSCF7765The bus that got us there.

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