Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Costa Rica Or Bust!

As you read this post, I am somewhere in the depths of Costa Rica. Yeehah!! (at least I hope I am, and not stuck in an airport somewhere...) So that is why I have not been around to respond to your comments - sorry. I sneakily set up several blogs in advance before I left!

I would travel almost all the time if I could. I just love it. And filling a sketchbook at the same time really adds an extra sense of purpose, as well as providing an irreplaceable personal aide-memoir to pore over later.

This is a sketch of a man I met while in Namibia, a retired head teacher, who was spending his retirement (and his very healthy pension) travelling the world, not all at once, but at a very civilised pace, one country at a time, seeing how close he could get to the full set. Wonderful.

John and I have been lucky enough to have a couple of brilliant walking holidays over recent years. This is a sketch done in Tuscany in 2005, where we hiked from village to village over the course of 10 days:

We did a similar thing in Andalucia last year, walking down from the mountains until we got to the coast at Tarifa, the southernmost town in Europe. But - shock, horror - I seem to have lost that sketchbook!!!! I'm sure it's around somewhere, but not where it should be.

I'm hoping to have some interesting sketches of Costa Rica to show you when I get back. We will be visiting an active volcano, sleeping in cabins in the rainforest, bird watching, hiking, snorkelling... Jealous yet? I'm taking my new watercolour set with me, although how I'll get on remains to be seen.

See you soon, but not too soon!!


Laurie said...

Costa Rica? It sounds like you are going to have a great time there. Fill your sketchbooks and let all us followers see some sketches on your return.

Oh, and by the way, I think your blog is pretty good!
Best wishes

Jessie Lilac said...

Fantastic! Have fun :)x

gabi campanario said...

what an exciting trip! seeing your drawings when you come back will be like opening a present. buen viaje!