Wednesday of Final Week

Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
Trip End Jul 08, 2008

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

     Well, this is our final week in Costa Rica.  We have decided to return early.  This is the longest we have been gone from home and we feel out of touch with things.  We will fly back on Saturday instead of next Tuesday.  It has been a wonderful trip.
     I decided to share with you about our hotel in today blog.  Our hotel is a very nice little hotel.  It is located right on Main Street, so it is central to everything.  Our room is on the second floor, and overlooks the front pool and the dining room from our balcony.  It does get noisy when they have a large group.  But it is always closed by 10:00.  It seems to be a very popular restaurant.  I think it's because it can seat large groups.  To me there are many restaurants that are better in the area. 
     The second pool where I have my classroom is located in the garden area behind our room.   It is very private compared to the front pool.  The staff takes excellent care of the facilities.  The hotel provides towels daily but doesn't provide any frills.  They don't even provide a pen in the desk or post cards of the hotel. They do not have an ice machine.  The staff has gotten use to me walking into the bar, opening the ice chest and filling my own class.  After 4 weeks they should be use to me.  They clean our room daily usually before noon.  I'm including pictures of our room.   Sorry it isn't that picked up.  There are 2 of us and not a lot of space.   I'd like to have their gardener.  I'm including pictures of our balcony and the view from our balcony, our room, the bed, the closet, the bathroom, and the door to our room.  We are located at the end of the hall.  It is a quieter location but some mornings at 4:00 in the morning we can hear people leaving to catch a bus to San Jose. 
     The banos aren't bad in Samara.  They seem to keep them clean in the different restaurants.  The crazy thing is you can't throw toilet paper into the toilets; you have to put it in the wastebasket.  That is a little hard to get use too. I've included a sign you see posted in all the banos.
      I think our hotel is quaint.  I like the way it is painted, it is very colorful.  Most of the time, the pool is our own private pool.  We did bring our rafts and we find that a good way to relax. 
     We finally went to Lizies and had the deep fried dill pickles.  They are really very good.  I'm including a picture of them.  We are going to take our teachers out to lunch on Thursday to Lizies.  They have never been there since it is only 3 months old 
     I walked on the beach yesterday and it had a horrible smell.  Today I found out they have a red tide.  It doesn't smell like Florida's red tides.  It does sting your throat the same way tho.  In Florida they advise people not to swim or go into the water when they have red tide.  They don't do anything here.  People and surfers continue to us the ocean.    It smells worse at low tide than high tide.  They cancel snorkeling trips tho. 
     Christy is a new woman who is here this week for conversation Spanish.  She has a different teacher.  She works for the state department.  She is a retired lawyer and this is her first assignment.  She is stationed in Guatemala.  She is originally from Texas.  She completed her training 8 months ago so she has been in the Foreign Service for a year and a half.  She is really enjoying it.  As her first assignment she is reviewing visa request in Guatemala. She said that is what new recruits usual do.  She said the salary is really low but she is enjoying the 8-5 work.  They pay for her apartment; she has a maid two days a week and a cook one day a week.  She also has a driver.  They pay all her utility bill except cable, they supplement her medical insurance.  She also said the young people get very bored with the work but she is just enjoying being in a foreign country.  I find her interesting.  Her Spanish is very good. 
     I'm also including a picture of Marcella and me at Laconda.  She is our favorite waitress.  She is very friendly and attractive. 
     All the restaurants in Samara are open air.  There are no doors or windows.  The furniture is left out even if they are closed.  There doesn't seem to be vandalism.  They do lock up the kitchens tho.   They usually have ceiling fans and we love the feel.  At times the flies can be annoying tho.  We usually try to use bug spray to keep them away. 
     I think the time will really fly now that we have decided to leave early.  We have less time to squeeze in the last minute things in.       
     I will try to take pictures of the Liberia Airport before we leave there.  It has a huge ceiling fan in customs but I don't know if they will allow me back in there.  It is all open air also.  I think and hope they have more security than the Dominican Republic.. 
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jmackey51 on

Safe trip home
You have done a great job of journaling your trip! Have a safe trip home.


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