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Day One : San Jose

1 May
my delicious first meal in San Jose, Costa Rica

So, after 12 hours of transit, Stefanie and I are finally in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The morning started off okay. We were at the Detroit airport quite early, so we took a short nap before boarding, then it was off to Houston, Texas. I was a little nervous about Houston because of the whole Swine Flu debacle, but the airport seemed completely normal, aside from the fact the some people were wearing face masks. It´s strange because everyone at the San Jose airport was wearing masks and gloves. A bit freaky….

When we finally arrived in San Jose, we decided to take the local bus downtown. It was a little confusing at first, but then we saw a guy we met on the plane who mentioned he was also taking the bus and just followed him. We paid 400 colones for the ride, which is basically $1 USD. Once we were downtown, we hailed a cab and zoomed through the streets towards San Pedro, where our hostel is located. For a 10 min ride, it cost approx. $4.

The drivers here are fearless. The cut each other off, honk their horns, and squeeze in between other vehicles like it´s nobody´s business. I was a little scared, but we made it to our hostel in one piece.

We´re staying at Hostel Bekuo. It´s in a nice, quite area. After we checked in, Stef and I hit the streets in search for some dinner. We wandered into the university area. We found a small diner, which Costa Ricans call a soda. We had some language difficulties, but we managed to order some rice, chicken, beans, salad, juice, and plantains all for just 4$. It was a ton of food. The waitress called the dish a casado and I guess it´s pretty typical around here. I´m sure we´ll be ordering the dish every day. So cheap, so good. Very backpacker friendly!

I forget to mention, my ear has been bothering me since last Thursday. The right ear feels plugged, but my sinus pills are worthless. So Stef and I decided to check out the local pharmacy. Basically, you walk in and there is a large counter. You tell the person what´s wrong, they go in the back, and bring you some medicine. No prescription, no I.d., nothing! I got ear drops for around $7.50. In Canada, I would have needed a prescription or they would cost at least $30. Funny enough, the guy behind us got Moxicilline (an antibiotic). Definitely, not what we´re used to.

We walked back to the hostel and put the mystery drops into my one ear. I freaked out a little, but so far, so good! I hope it works. It´s driving me nuts!

Tomorrow, Stef and I are taking a 4 hr bus ride to La Fortuna to see the Arenal Volcano, one of the world´s most active volcanoes. I can´t wait!

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and we’re off!

30 Apr

It’s 11:00 pm and Stef and I are waking up in 4 hours and flying to Costa Rica.

Weather report: thunderstorms everyday…. great! A little rain can’t hurt any new backpacker.

Did I mention I’m nervous? Oh yes. And excited. This is going to be amazing.

Hopefully, our hostel has free internet and I’ll update on the flight. From catching our connection in time to figuring out the local bus system, I hope everything goes swell.

Bienvenue!

15 Apr

Originally, I created this blog as a space to write about my travels, but why not more? I can’t guarantee that I’ll have a bunch of interesting and quirky stories for everyone to read, but it’s a start.

This is a chance for all the lovely people and fellow backpackers out there to be in tune with my travels, my goals, my life….

A blog is also a useful distraction tool. For example, I’m suppose to be studying for my last exam right now.

In any case, welcome to my blog and enjoy the travel musings of a novice backpacker. 

PS: read my previous post for a heads up on my next adventure!

Costa Rica 2009

31 Mar

My friend Stefanie and I will be leaving on a jet plane in one month. Destination: who cares? We’re getting out of here (aka Canada) for 12 days!

We’ll be arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica on April 30th for a jaunt through the best (i.e. most affordable) spots this small Central American country has to offer.

The plane is booked, only we have no place to stay. We’re stilling working out some of the kinks…

ciao.

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