Back to Manuel, day 1 and part of 2

Trip Start Jun 23, 2008
Trip End Aug 10, 2008

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

So yesterday I kind of overslept. I had set my alarm for 640 but I didnt wake up until 710, so I was left with 30 minutes to take a shower and rush up to the university to catch my bus.  And what was amazing is that I actually made it on time, but the bus wasn't there.  After about 30 minutes it still wasn't there, so I went up to Tico Viajero (the travel service for students on campus that I booked the bus through) to see what was up.  Well Interbus had made a mistake on my pickup location and had gone to the wrong university, but they were sending someone to pick me up.  The guy who picked me up actually worked in the office and normally didnt leave the office.  So, he drove me across San Jose to Alejuela to meet up with the bus who was supposed to get me.  The bus ride wasn't to bad, and there was a friendly gay couple from South Carolina infront of me. It was nice to have some other people that spoke english on the bus, and it helped from getting to bored, and we actually arrived in Manuel Antonio on time.  I got to the hostel a little before 1, and when I got there they had made a mistake on my room and I ended up having to be the the 14 bed dorm, which I was not excited about.  Mainly because its up on the hill a little ways away from the main part and its not near as nice, but I guess that is what you get for 6$ a night.  I got ready for the beach and left my stuff and headed off to find food, since I was about to starve because I hadn't eaten all day.  I went down to the Manuel Antonio beach area and decided to have lunch at this little resturant called Marlins that was across from the beach and the vendors.  Since I had arrived in the middle of the day I hadnt had a chance to meet anyone to hang out with, so it was kind of akward setting by myself.  Anyways, the lunch was really good but way overpriced.  It cost 14$ for a freaking grilled chicken sandwich, fries and a drink.  So after that I headed to the beach and found a place to chill for a while.  To be honest, going to the beach alone kind of sucks and its pretty boring.  So I ended up not staying for to long and going back to the hostel.  I took a shower and napped for a little bit before heading down to the main part of the hostel to try and make friends.  Luckily there was a nice couple from Seattle and a guy who was originally from South Africa but now living in California who were playing cards.  They were nice enough to let me play, especially considering I had told them that I had no idea how to play Hearts or Rummy, so they taught me. I didnt stay up to late because I had to be up and ready by 6 in the morning.
This morning I overslept, again.  I didnt wake up until 550 and was able to get ready really fast and make it down to the main part of the hostel by 605.  I had to be up early because I was going on a Mangrove tour. I wasnt really sure what to expect, but I had hoped that there would be crocodiles because thats the only animal I hadn't seen yet.  And we didnt find any, but we saw tons of crabs, lizards, and monkeys.  They were the white faced monkeys like the ones in the national park.  We took bananas and we were able to feed them, and they were so funny because they would hop on the boat and take the banana and run back.  Each group of monkeys has one alpha male, who always gets to eat first. And one of the alpha males managed to make it away with a whole banana instead of just part of it.  After the mangrove tour I headed down to the beach with a group, where I stayed most of the afternoon.  It was alot less boring today especially since I had people to talk to. Im not really sure what Im going to do tonight, but hopefully I can find someone to go to dinner with.
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