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Amazing Video Light Show Projected on San Bernadino Monastery ...
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TRAVEL UPDATE New Zealand: CHECK THIS OUT! I flew a stunt plane... as in I was in control of the plane, doing rolls and loops... at Pilot a Stunt Plane U Fly Extreme with instructor Vincent D'Ath WATCH ME FLY! It's pretty hilarious. Talk about a screaming sissy, that's me. he he Would you like to do this?
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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Here's one of the most beautiful resorts I've visited recently...

Unique, artsy, colorful lobby...

Beautiful gardens, pool and sitting areas...

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...and talk about stunning panoramic views!

What do you guys think of this resort?

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WEEKLY FEATURED ARTICLE – Tent Escapade!

This February I'm featuring my travel mis-adventure stories !

One of the funniest and strangest things that happened to me during my travels...

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...happened at a small campground at Australia's famous Byron Bay

You have to read it to believe it!

READ ABOUT MY TENT ESCAPADE HERE - http://www.lashworldtour.com/…/travel-story-tent-escapade.h…

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* NEW POST * Costa Rica's Beautiful Pacific Coast Beaches

Costa Rica has 780 miles / 1250 km of Pacific Coastline

And most of it is filled with beautiful, practically undeveloped beaches

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...all set in gentle curving coves between hilly headlands

If you love 'au naturale' beaches, you gotta check out Costa Rica's Pacific beaches!

READ ABOUT COSTA RICA'S BEACHES HERE - http://www.lashworldtour.com/…/beaches-of-costa-rica-pacifi…

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In this post I detail the dozens of beautiful beaches of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. If you love undeveloped 'au naturale' beaches, Costa Rica maybe for you
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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Score! Huge photos recovery!

As you may know, 2 weeks ago, my laptop was stolen. Lost everything on it....

BUT... Guess what I just found on my camera's 16GB memory card?

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Thousands of my photos! As far back as Guatemala in 2016!

All of Guatemala, Belize, about half my Mexico images...

...and I haven't even checked my second memory card yet!

Plus – I have a photography website with my very best images –

I just downloaded all of those!

LashAPhotography in case you're interested -

AND – I discovered that I can also download all my images from my FB page!

Those are much smaller images, but certainly useable online!

So, hip, hip hooray for mega photo recovery!

(I also have a 3rd backup of some older photos & docs at my mom's house)

Whew, not all is lost! Not by a long shot. Happy, happy!

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Here's pretty Playa Hermosa...

aka 'Beautiful Beach' – its actually Spanish name!
...the condos on the hillsides are a bit of an eyesore, I know

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…but the beach itself is just lined by shady trees

...like ALL the beaches here in Costa Rica!

Very relaxing and pretty

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Camping in Costa Ric

I've been camping at a large campground at Hermosa Beach...

I like it so much, I'm still here this week!

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The camping area is connected to a hostel/cabins place...

...so I've had a lovely fully-equipped kitchen to use too!

Just one block – 2-minutes - walk to lovely, quiet long Hermosa Beach

'hermosa' means 'beautiful' in Spanish, so it's literally 'Beautiful Beach' I'm at!

...and I've cut costs by nearly half by camping and cooking my meals!

Not to mention the joys of sleeping in my cute litle tent. Under huge trees. With birds chirping all around.

I'm a 'Happy camper', as they say!

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WEEKLY FEATURED ARTICLE – Travel Accident - $23 Cup of Coffee!

Eeekkk! This was probably my most unfortunate, accidental purchase

during all my travel years!

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But it sure made a funny story!

READ ABOUT MY $23 CUP OF COFFEE HERE - http://www.lashworldtour.com/…/travel-accident-23-cup-of-co…

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I recently fell victim to a 'travel accident' - a huge price tag on coffee, simply because I didn't ask the price beforehand. My hilarious mistake left me stunned
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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Beautiful sunset at Brasilito Beach

Bright golden sunset with the sun dipping right behind some offshore rocks...

Makes a gorgeous silhouette !

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Funnily, these rock formations are so much like those at my beloved Tonsai Beach in Thailand! I w

I was actually shocked an amazed to see them when I arrived at Brasilito!

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* NEW POST * Fabulous Samara Beach – Costa Rica

Beautiful Playa Samara is a very wide and long sweep of pale gray sand set in a wide curved bay...

...backed by trees with little boutique cafes, restaurants and mini hotels tucked under the dense vegetation

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...and a bohemian bent with organic shops, groovy clothes and sarongs for sale

Just my kind of beach!

Happily for me, it was the very first beach I visited in Costa Rica.

Heading to Costa Rica?! Check out Samara...

READ ABOUT SAMARA BEACH HERE - http://www.lashworldtour.com/…/02/samara-beach-costa-rica.h…

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Fabulous Samara Beach – Costa Rica Three days after arriving in Costa Rica for the first time, I landed at Playa (beach) Samara and caught my first glimpses of the country’s fabled beaches. Truth be told, out of all Costa Rica’s numerous beaches, I ended up first at Playa Samara purely by chan...
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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Gourmet meals!

A major perk of my luxury hotel review work is being treated to many delicious gourmet meals, drinks and snacks

...here are some tasty meals I ate recently at various resorts

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...most impressive was the 'bagels, cream cheese'

...it was served on a slate slab and presented like a work of art!

...yellow streaks on the sides were a creamed carrot spread!

...purple dots were a radish cream

I was impressed!

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- UGH! A beach highway!

So I went camping at Brasilito Beach while doing some hotel reviews...

I heard that Brasilito was very pretty, quiet and undeveloped

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So I was shocked when I arrived to discover that the beach is used as a highway!

Seriously, from early morning until well after dark it was a non-stop parade of cars, ATVs, motorbikes and even trucks hauling beach chairs!

I know these photos don't capture the busy highway scene there...

Dag, I guess I should have got the highway in action...

In any event, totally ruined the beach for me! And I got out of there asap!

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Horseback riding on the beach...

Ok, I've been to several Pacific coast beaches in NW Costa Rica already

And all beaches seem to offer horseback riding...

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I used to LOVE riding horses! I actually took riding lessons for 2 years when I was about 11-12 years old...

hmmm... maybe I'll have to ride a horse on the beach here in CR!

Does anybody else here love horses and riding?

Have you been riding on a beach anywhere?

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- I am Still Smiling!

After my horrid laptop theft last week...

I am up and running again!

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The hardest part was having to go to several stores and buy everything all over again... concentration, decisions, money spent...

I'm not really much of a shopper!

But once I got re-equipped, I dug in hard for 3 days catching up and..

Voila! Last Wednesday I finished all my hotel reviews, travel blog work and computer downloads, etc etc...

And Headed out to more beaches in Costa Rica! For more hotel Reviews!

Still Smiling – on a bus to Playa Brasilito...

Onward HO!

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Beach views in Costa Rica...

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica has dozens and dozens of beautiful beaches

They all seem to be very wide and very long and wide open...

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…most are backed by palm trees, forests, thick vegetation

Even the most developed and crowded ones!

I have to say they are pretty darn nice!

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TRAVEL UPDATE CENTRAL AMERICA- Some luxury hotel views...

In Costa Rica I have 80 luxury hotels/resorts to review! Eek...

Here are a few I visited last week...

FEATURED ARTICLE – Case of the Kitten-Eating Python

This February I'm featuring my travel mis-adventure stories !

...some of the zanniest situations I've found myself in over the years

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One year while teaching scuba diving in Thailand, I was awakened in the middle of the night by my momma cat frantically racing around the bungalow...

...to find a 3 Meter python swallowing a kitten!

READ ABOUT THE KITTEN-EATING PYTHON HERE - http://www.lashworldtour.com/…/travel-misadventure-case-kit…

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One of my craziest travel moments happened while I was living in southern Thailand, teaching scuba diving. A 3-ft Meter python entered my bungalow one night
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