So about 29 years ago my brother was not a very happy camper. He was about to become a big brother, and worse yet, to a little girl. That little girl was me.… Continue reading

Pisco Pisco

Decisions, decisions. Back in August when I was researching fares for my brother’s wedding in Brazil, I had two options. A) Connect through Atlanta, or B) Connect through Lima, Peru. If I had… Continue reading

Point Break

Surfing looks easy. Wait, let me rephrase that. Some people make surfing look easy.  In reality, it is a complex sport, because there are many factors to take into account when you’re riding a… Continue reading

FB Love

I kinda like to tell stories. According to my friends, I have a very special way of telling them. If I were to read between the lines, perhaps they are saying that I shouldn’t… Continue reading

Baby Carver

The last time y’all saw Kristina, she was glowing with her seven month baby bump and little Carver was still baking in the oven. Well Carver could not stay in his mother’s belly… Continue reading

H-OLA Love

H-OLA. Hello? Ola? W-A-V-E-S!!! If you are a frequent peruser of Samba to the Sea, then you most likely have deduced that I am obsessed with A) chasing sunsets, B) standing on my… Continue reading

The Beach Bazaar

Rainy season in Costa Rica; Tourist numbers plummet and locals go on one-to-two month vacations. I love it. The Earth comes back to life with lush, green vegetation. The smell and feel of… Continue reading

200 Hours

What can you accomplish in 200 hours? How about 200 hours in two weeks? Perhaps if you were a doctor, lawyer, or investment banker (cough cough), 100 hour work weeks would be the… Continue reading

Puppy Love

Two weeks ago the only doggies that were on my radar were my doggy nieces and nephews, a la Maya, Pinto, Kiki, Pollo, John Adams, Niko, Lucas…the list goes on and on. Well,… Continue reading

Photo Shoots, Roadtripping, and Puppies…Oh My!

Rainy season here in Costa Rica means things slow down a little. I guess I didn’t get the memo. Nor did the sunny weather. Thank goodness because doing a photo shoot is not… Continue reading

Gone Fishing

Time. It seems to stand still and magically disappear at the same time here in Costa Rica. Besides a passing rain shower in rainy season, it is sunny and hot practically every day. Today… Continue reading

Trust the Process

“People often have much of what they need to succeed within them: ambition and the will to learn. This will to learn can prompt them to reach out to mentors and networks. They… Continue reading

Yours Truly

In the midst of all the craziness of the past couple of weeks, I chatted with Helena, Chief Bikini Officer of bikini company MI OLA, about bikinis, surfing, and living in Costa Rica.… Continue reading

Melissa & Francis

During the early morning, the lighting in Tamarindo is magical. However, there is a small window before the sun gets too strong and the light loses its glow. So when I suggested to… Continue reading


Three weeks, a road trip in the USA bookended by some Pura Vida, and a lot of editing later it is finally done. Finished. Done. Caput. Over. Finito. Check it out!