Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We're on our way at last!

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). Our flight from Edmonton to Vancouver was delayed by about forty minutes which made for fun times in Vancouver during the connection; we ran through the airport (Lauren runs remarkably well for someone with pneumonia and maybe, in the wake of H1N1, the sound of her wild hacking was what was paving the way, sending those people diving into bathrooms and behind the fake airport greenery) to our gate only to find that that flight to LA was also delayed! The flight from LA to San Jose, Costa Rica was the best of the three and we walked out of the airport in San Jose to a beautiful warm today to find our driver John waiting for us with a big beaming welcoming smile,

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…
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Nancy McEvoy on

What an amazing adventure, Sara! I cant wait to hear more!!! If you can sneek it in when you are in England - we are living in London these days and would love to see you - even if it is just for tea in the airport!

Krista on

Enjoy the trip you guys! Trust me, and I know you appreciate there is a high statistical probablity, but we're gonna' get really cold at least once more...margareta's always take the edge of sweltering heat in ways a hot toddy can just never quite reciprocate - I'm jealous! Looking forward to living vicariously through the journey!

Karla Rockwell on

Enjoy! Enjoy! I am just to be along for the ride.

Terri E on

We are totally jealous of you guys and will be living vicariously through you. Keep up the great posts and photos!

Sandra on

I know chances are slim, but there was this tinny bar right at the playa de cocos, I think it was called Sambuka, lots of nationals used to go there to dance. If this bar doesn't exist anymore, I strongly recommend you to adventure into any other bars and watch them dance... they are amazing and, who knows? you may come back dancing salsa like the pros. Glad to hear you're on your way and practicing your Spanish already!

Jay on

Have a great trip guys. Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures!

Hasta Luego

Brian on

We are short guys tonight for soccer-can you make it Derek?

Brian on

Could have used you tonight Derek. Not only were we short on players, we got shut out as well! 2-0 .

countrybumpkin on

Looks alright from here...
Keep updating

countrybumpkin on

Oh and that pic was from 7 years ago. I'll update it!

Cheryl on

What a great idea. I can travel the world from my own living room! Much cheaper as well. Have a great trip Sarah, and family.

delsar on

Glad you could look in on the blog Brian.
Stuff a cushionup you boy's shirt and he'd pass for a Blizzard (beer gut & all) ... maybe he could play?

delsar on

Thanks Jay.
Keep watching ... new blog entries often ... hopefully you'll be a topic on one of them.
Pura Vida.

delsar on

Thanks Sandra.
We did see a coll dance bar - called "Lizard Lounge"
Maybe that's the one?
Pura Vida

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