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At 3 in the morning I don't really remember a whole lot of what we did at the airport. Basically, I'm just glad we made it on time and got our seats on the plane. Once aboard we did what most people do at this time. We slept.
By the time we landed in San Jose, Costa Rica we were ready to have breakfast. Calculating our time we decided ...
... a pack its virtually impossible to
ensure you don't get ripped off as they all back each other up.
Thankfully we only paid slightly above the odds for the short spin to
Van Gogh hostel.
The hostel was brand new and the owner David was really welcoming. We
checked in, checked our mail and the GAA results (Clare got hammered in
the Munster final by Cork!) before heading out into the city.
Cathal was obviously very upset that the possibility of having an ...
... half crazy and everyone has a slightly twisted sense of humour. The typical dish of Costa Rica is rice and black beans so you can expect to see that on my plate nearly every meal I eat at home. By downing pink himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, avocados and hard boiled eggs I have managed to fight off malnutrition.
I am sharing a bedroom with Max. From Michigan we get on like a house on fire and have amazingly similar interests, as does Dave. During the week we try rally a ...
... organised by the school. These included visiting a cigar factory (even though none of us smoke cigars) and heading to the local museum to learn about the history of the local area.
On the weekend we headed to Somoto Canyon, just a short hop, skip and jump from the Honduran border. There we scrambled over rocks, swam down the river and jumped into the gorge from huge heights. Well, not really huge. I wimped out and wouldn't jump from ...
... in 1917 as the Bellavista Barracks with towers, troop dormitory, cells, kitchen and bathrooms along with commander houses. Some of the cells still have graffiti on the walls written by confined soldiers. After just 30 years it stopped functioning as barracks when the army abolition was decreed in 1948. Since then, Costa Rica has dedicated it's military budget to both education and cultural pursuits. It's amazing that such a small country in ...