Adventures of Starvin Marvin and Hambone Berger
Trip Start May 13, 2010
36Trip End Jul 31, 2010
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I was smart enough to catch the super early bus out of San Juan del Sur to head to Peñas Blancas. It's an incredibly slow and busy border crossing. But at 6am it's quite pleasant. I almost made a really serious mistake in Costa Rica though; I almost forgot to get my passport stamped. I actually got on a bus to Liberia but a lady had seen that I didn't get my passport stamped yet so she said go get it stamped or you will ride 1.5 hours to Liberia and they will send you back to the border, oops!!!
The Costa Rican side of the border was a breeze. They really have their poop in a group unlike the Nica side of the border, I've crossed it 3 times now and the only easy occasion was at 6am
After that I got to Alajuela, bladder emptied. The bus took me directly to Juan Santamaría airport. I had to scope it out so that I could pick Nic up the next morning
I went back to the hotel and gathered my bags and setoff to downtown Alajuela for Hotel Trotamundos. The people that I've met in Costa Rica have been the friendliest thus far. In fact, I met an elderly woman on the bus and asked her if she could tell me how to get to parque central and she literally walked me from the bus to the park. It's really crazy because all the people are nice in C.A. but Costa Ricans are not only nice, they are also "cool". You can even hear it in the way they speak. For example instead of saying de nada or (of nothing, literally) for your welcome they use (con mucho gusto), it's my pleasure. They also use pura vida (cool) in everything and life in Costa Rica is definitely pura vida
I caught a free taxi ride at 4:30am to get Nic at Juan Santamaría. The taxi only took 3 minutes to get to the airport so we are definitely staying in Alajuela before we fly back to the states. I picked up my baby at 6:00am and she even welcomed me with her customary fake binocular look where she cups her hands around her eyes. Yes my wife is a real cracker! In fact, she came up with the title. She says that I'm super skinny now from my donut and street-food diet and she is the hambone because she is carrying a little well, "ham" on her bones.
Side note about eating. Peruvian food is amazing!!! Inka's in Alajuela was awesome, more seafood than you could ever want, for less than the price of lunch at Applebee's. Also southern Nicaragua and Costa Rica have cheap eateries called sodas and they all have this giant jar of chilero or (pickled and spicy onions, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and peppers). I am literally in hotsauce heaven!
Gotta go, the wife is waiting.