Not lost in translation!

Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 17, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Adrienne and I made it to San Jose! It was quite a long journey, and I am going to tell you all about it. 

We got to O'Hare Airport about 3 hours before our flight. After we checked in and got through security, we found the food court and had breakfast. We were hungry again a little while later, and Adrienne successfully looked like a guppy fish when she was trying to eat her bagel sandwich. It was hilarious to watch her contemplate each bite! Half way through her sandwich, she exclaimed, "You know what I wish? I wish I was a snake because then I could unhinge my jaw." O'Hare was fun, we even saw Santa walking around! I am totally serious, too! He was a jolly looking man in red overalls, a red "Santa" hat, and a snowy patterned button down. It was kind of amazing, and made the wait at the airport feel less intense. The flight from O'Hare to Dallas/Fort Worth was relatively uneventful and tame.

Dallas is a very cool airport. They have this nifty tram that takes you between the different terminals. We arrived from Chicago in Terminal B, and needed to make it to Terminal D. We hopped on the tram next to the signs that read "All Gates B and D". Sounds perfect, right? Wrong! There was some "mechanical error" they had to fix, so the tram stopped half way to our gate. We ended up getting on the tram headed the opposite direction and going alllll the way around the airport until we finally got to Terminal D. 

When we finally got to Terminal D, we walked toward Gate D1. I was absolutely convinced that it was our gate, but when we got to D6, the terminal ended... so, we knew we were in the wrong place. A re-check of the monitor confirmed my horrible short-term memory. We really needed to be at gate D21... So, we trekked back across to the complete opposite side of the terminal. By the time we got there, we only had to wait 15 minutes until boarding.

The flight from Dallas to San Jose was uneventful until it was dinner time. Poor Adrienne didn't get a great dinner because they didn't have a vegetarian option. :( The flight attendant gave her the tray with the salad, roll and cookie, so she would have something to eat. I had the congealed mashed potatoes and chicken dinner. Yum... Just as Adrienne was putting the dressing on her salad (and managing to squirt it in her eye), the plane hit some absolutely TERRIBLE turbulence, and it felt like the plane dropped 10 feet. I am not the best flyer anyway, and that turbulence just left me less hungry, so I gave Addie my salad so she would have a little bit more to eat

As a "thank you", she started trying to calm me down with stories like, "I think it's more likely to be eaten by piranhas than be in a plane crash." Yep, that was her awesome way to calm me down...! Great encouragement! Anyway, a little bit later she was looking out the window and said "Ground!" I was ecstatic! LAND!!!! It was hilarious though, because for a minute, I thought she said "Crown!" so when I looked out the window at the clouds I couldn't see the crown, when I peered farther out the window (I was in the middle seat) I got a little close and practically fell onto her boobs. She was like, "I love you too, and you can see it out the other window." I thought it was hilarious...! I did get to see the land without a face full of boobs. :) 

We opted to take a cheap bus rather than an expensive taxi to San Jose. I had a rough idea in my mind that we would end up at a bus terminal (which we did), but Adrienne didn't really know what to expect, and kept shooting these looks at me from across the aisle that said, "Hello?! How do we know when to get off??! Is it our stop yet??!" I didn't really say much, because it was slightly awkward, but I tried to express that I wasn't worried and that we were going the right way. When we got to the bus terminal, I noticed it was the Coca-Cola Terminal which I'd read was notorious for being in a horrible area. Now it was my turn to freak a bit. I think she was satisfied with this, so that she got to look like the sane one for a bit. :) I wasn't sure whether we would take another bus or find a taxi to take us the rest of the way to the hostel, and since we couldn't see any street signs, didn't know which direction was east, and because it was late and very dark, we opted for a taxi. 

The taxi driver figured out pretty quickly that we didn't speak much Spanish, and when he saw Adrienne flipping through the phrase book, turned on the dome light so she could find what she wanted to ask about. He praised our broken Spanish and humored us and laughed with us all the way to the hostel. 

Now, we are at the hostel, all checked in, and relaxing!!! We get to look forward to a pancake and pineapple breakfast tomorrow morning, and then we will start making concrete plans. 

Day 1, a great success! Good night!
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Betty on

I love all the details--you write great stories!

Um, Santa is a little early? Maybe he was doing a spot check for the good girls and boys list?

Glad you had a nice cab driver!

I don't think Adrienne can smile any bigger than she does in that last picture!

Looking forward to more reports!

Chris Imhoff on

This is a fun account of your day, and am looking forward to catching up on the rest of your the pics! mama chris

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