Minca, a mountain oasis and saying goodbye to 2018.

Minca, a mountain oasis and saying goodbye to 2018.

I had heard many good things about an area in the Sierra mountains called Minca and was eager to see it for myself. After a leisurely morning of packing, stopping at a super market and grabbing a bite to eat at a great spot called Lola where we had a cocktail and a chorizo arepa, Ryan and I took a jeep there.

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We had to take a jeep because apparently most taxis without 4-wheel drive won’t make it up the roads. I now understand why! While I didn’t get motion sickness at all, I did get a sort of rug burn from the constant sliding back and forth or up and down against the seat of the car. The bumps and holes in the roads were significant and the driver had to work hard to avoid them. I became jealous of people like Ryan who can read without getting sick.

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Ubud (Oo bood) aka Paradise.

Ubud (Oo bood) aka Paradise.

I have a feeling I’m going to like it here! I had THE warmest welcome from the owner of the place. He showed me to my room (and carried my suitcase over his head without thinking twice). It’s a gorgeous room that is modern yet traditional, and the best part is the outdoor shower!

I was given a limeade welcome drink on my patio while the owner gave me the rundown. He gave me a phone that I can use to call them (super smart). I can also use it at any time to order food, drinks, a ride or a spa treatment. Since I was still under the weather I took a short walk to the rice fields, then just read by the pool until it was time spa treatment for the evening. On the way to the rice fields literally every person smiled or said hi to me, it was refreshing.

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Equally refreshing was my dip in the pool.This place is literally in the middle of the jungle so I was started a few times by a lizard or a very large spider. As if they were reading my mind, one of the ladies working asked me if I wanted coffee by the pool. Yes please, it’s been over 24 hours since I could take down a coffee.

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Then, I went off to my spa treatment- a massage, a facial and a body scrub all for under $100. It was located at the edge of the property and I relaxed to the sounds of water falling off leaves, birds in the distance and occasionally the crow of a rooster 😉 Two hours later I peeled myself off the table (because I was so relaxed and because I was sticking to the sheets) and made my way to my outdoor shower! I rinsed off the body scrub and when I came out of the shower I had a margarita and dinner waiting for me on my patio. I’m not exaggerating, the workers here go above and beyond and do it all proactively and with a smile. I can’t thank them enough! I’m just glad I have 6 more days of this 😉 Since I was able to eat my dinner, I think I’ll have enough energy for an adventure tomorrow!