After Harmony’s passing, there was such an emptiness in my house that I decided very quickly to get out of town. I pretty much took the clothes out of my closet, threw them into my suitcase (didn’t even bother to fold them) and left Sunday morning for a week-long stay at Hacienda del Sol in San Juanillo.
Located about 1.5 hours south of Tamarindo and 30 minutes north of Guiones, it’s a sleepy fishing village where I was able to find a little bit of solace. The Hacienda is mainly a retreat center, located in the rainforest, which holds week-long juice fasts as well as options for raw food/vegan or vegetarian options. While I was there, there was a group having a juice fast but I opted for a personal retreat of raw food, yoga and quiet time.
There are beautiful hiking areas, close to the Hacienda, many of which will land you at one of the three beaches in the area. One is black sand and the other two are beautiful white sand beaches with palm and almendra trees lining the shore.
I have a few friends that live near the area so I met up with them a few times. Once just to hang out at the beach and once to go out on a boat with Paski’s Adventures for a wildlife tour and swimming with turtles. That tour was amazing. The amount of wildlife that exists near Ostional is incredible. We saw multiple sets of humpbacks with babies, spotted dolphins, about 20 turtles (some of which were mating) and more jumping manta rays as well as a few jumping fish. Later that day, we drove to Guiones for lunch with more friends at Harmony Hotel.
After a week of being away, it was difficult to return. As I entered my home, my heart felt heavy as I was reminded there was no Harmony there to greet me. But I’m fortunate to have so many good friends who also have pets as family members and who have supported me during this difficult time.
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