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Trip Start Dec 17, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2007

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hi everyone,

     This is day 10 of our trip. We took the 545 am bus returning to San Jose. The trip took 6 and half hours without too much problem. The ride was air-conditioned and the seats were comfortable. The roads we took were pothole free, so no achy butts!!! A definite plus. Once we returned to San Jose, we walked back to our hotel and dropped off our bags before we head off the central market for lunch. I guess the lack of sleep got me disoriented that I have a hard time with directions, until my dad steps up to guide me back to the hotel. For lunch I had a hearty plate of seafood rice and my dad had a fresh fried fish. We spend the afternoon watch the post-Christmas parade consists of man on horse, more man on horse and man singing on horse. No floats what so ever, kind of funny. 

     My generaly feeling for Costa Rica is mixed. This country is absolutely amazing in term of catering to tourist industry. The hotels are nice and staff are friendly (except a few). For wildlife fanatic, there are so much opportunites to see species of butterflies, iguanas, sloths, monkeys, turtles, toucans, herons and much more. The rainforest is beautiful. The people are relaxed and free spirit because they are quite wealthy with no political turnmoil. The one thing is lack of variety and selection of fruits and main courses. The food is simple beans and rice or variations of it. The fruits are just the typical apple,pear, grape, oranges, very boring. I was expecting exotic fruits everywhere, may be now is not the season. Another plus for Costa Rica is that since majority of the tourists are Americans, everyone here who have anything to do with tourism speak some English. So I got lazy and didnīt have to use my broken Spanish at all. Also, Costa Rica doesnīt have too much cultural architectures due to the fact that  the Spainards mostly ignored Costa Rica for its lack of minerals so all of the architectural developements are focus on Northern and Southern neighbors of Costa Rica. Ironically, now Costa Rica is the richest couontry in the entire Central America due to its leader Oscar Ariasī focus and peace and spending money developing the tourism industry, coffee industry and improving on the care of its citizens. Lastly, for anyone interested in adventure travel, this is the place, there are lots of fun activites like rafting, zip line tour, ATV tour, fishing, camping, surfing, hiking etc. The cost comparing to its central Americans is quite pricy ranging from $80-100 dollars a day to do it comfortably.  Overall, I really enjoyed Costa Rica.
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