Trip Start Sep 30, 2009
42Trip End Dec 04, 2009
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Where I stayed
I have taken advantage of Sano Banano's sister hotel, The Ylang Ylang, 10 minutes walk down the beach, and made use of their wonderful swimmingpool in their lush garden. They even have two hammocks in the shade, which is a great spot for reading and relaxing.
The food here is good, but the best place I've been so far is Cocolores placed in a garden close to the ocean. I had some excellent fajitas therePlaya de los Artistas, which apparently - despite the simple apperance - should have some of the best food in Costa Rica. And I was not dissappointed. I had their "Captain Nemo's salad", which was a Japanese inspired seafood salad with eel and sweet sauce just as I remembered it from my favorite dish in Japan.
The beach here is nice, although there are some quite large waves, and you have to be careful about stones hidden just beneath the surface. The other day I managed to slip in two different holes with rocks and got a huge bruise on my thigh and some cuts on one foot. So despite what I wrote in my previous entry, having a pool to dip in is not that bad after all.
Wednesday I went on a horseback riding trip - again. This time to the Cocalito waterfall, which was the one dropping directly into the ocean. I went with a Spanish woman, who had shared the same interbus ride with me. Her husband was going to Isla Tortuga. It gave me a good chance to practice some Spanish again, which I really have been poor at here in Costa Rica, where everybody speaks excellent English - but I do try whenever I can. Our guide was very nice, too. An elderly man who took good care of us and in the midst of it all also admitted to being a former alcoholic. However, my horse and I did not get along that well. I do not know what it was, but it was an exceptionally bumpy horseride, and even though I wanted to ride a little faster at time, I was bumping so heavily and never found the rhytm. I suppose the horse felt that, and whenever I made him run, it was only for a short while, before he went back to walking again. So I was very sore after that trip and was still suffering from the strained neck I got on the boat two days earlier
Friday was my last day here. There has been a larger influx of people here due to the Montezuma Film Festival, but no celebrity sightings, though
My dinner was consumed at Cocolores, again a great place. However, I was carefully counting my colones, and neither they nor Chicos (the bar) take credit cards - and not Artistas for that matter either. I got Mahi-Mahi in curry and banana sauce - delicious. And even though I was full, I had to ask whether they had the Tres Leches dessert that I had heard so much of, and as a matter of fact they had. So that was consumed with a coffee, and honestly thereafter I could not get a sip or a bite more down. It was a delicous sweet and spongy cake with - as the name indicates - three different kinds of milk. I went down to the beach, sat there and enjoyed the sound of the waves, the gentle wind and the stars. It was just great! I felt happy and a little bit sad to leave. The only thing bothering me was that I no longer could escape the promise I made myself of quitting smoking before I reached Peru and the altitudes. There is just something about vacation and smoking.
In the moment of writing, I have just had my breakfast - spoiled myself with pancakes - and my coffee. I must admit that the Costan Rican coffee is better and stronger than the Guatemalan one, not to mention the watered microwave heated instant coffee we got at the family in Antigua. Apparently, the best Costa Rican coffee should be 1820, and I must try to see if I can find that at home. Now I have to go and get my stuff, check out in order to be picked up by Interbus at 9.