Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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24 hours of fairly intense traveling, 3 flights, 7000 kilometers and a 5 hour bus journey … all that rushing in preparation for this…. this very special opportunity in a little corner of Costa Rica to do what we've been planning for so long …. to throw ourselves into the pastime at which they are so adept in this part of the World… I’m talking about the art of doing nothing!
The start of our painstakingly planned journey was fairly inauspicious and not quite as smooth as we’d hoped for (expected, but unwelcome nonetheless). With 1 hour to go we had about 3 or 4 hours worth of "stuff" to get done, but with some on-the-fly prioritization we did it and left home for the last time in 8 months. A tear or two was shed over Kerry cat, and we set off in time to make it to the airport in good time (Many thanks to David and Ginger for your patience and for the ride to the airport)
We knew that we were in for a 4-5 hour transfer to Ocotal, but having a private driver made things much more tolerable. We stopped several times to view coffee bean plantations, to take photos, buy fresh fruit and stock up with food....and eventually arrived at our destination at about 3pm - a full 24 hours after leaving our house! There were many cool and interesting sights along the way, but one curious point of note was how many inflatable snowmen and polar bears wearing Santa hats there were along the way. Early signs of Christmas? ... or a strange Costa Rican fascination with the great white north in way that Canadians dream of getting out of their contrasting habitat at this time of year.
We're staying in a two-bedroom villa, a stone's throw from the beach (no Alex, put that rock down). This afternoon we strolled along the water's edge from one end of the beach to the other and enjoyed the warmth of the late afternoon sun....tomorrow we will explore a little more, but in the meantime I have a lot of nothing to get done and it won’t do itself, so I gotta go…