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Yigal Azrouël in Costa Rica.

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Yigal Azrouël, Costa Rica

I’ve been visiting Playa Negra in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, every winter for six years. At this point, it’s pretty much a second home.

I wake up around 6 and drive the quad (my only source of transportation while I’m here) to the beach. Every morning, I go to either Playa Negra or Playa Callejones to catch waves for a few hours; it all depends where the best break is. Nono, my dog, usually follows along.

I’ve been staying with my good friend, [photographer] Erez Sabag, all these years, but I’m in the process of building my own house. It’s taking a lot longer than expected.

On my way back from the beach, I pop by the new house, visit the fisherman to see what he’s caught for our dinner, then pick up some groceries. The grocery shop is basically a tiny bodega set up in front of a home. I usually pick up some plantains to make patacones, a typical Costa Rican side dish. Cooking is a big part of the trip and at least one meal a day is home cooked. (We even pack the spices and ingredients that we want to have on hand since we make so many meals at home.)

Later, after a little siesta, we’re off to visit our Belgian neighbor and borrow some horses for an afternoon ride.

Editor’s Note: Designer Yigal Azrouël just returned from a 12-day vacation in Costa Rica.

 

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