Day 4 The Long Road to Guaitil
Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
11Trip End Oct 12, 2009
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We started off the day with another leisurely get up and buffet breakfast. Lynn and I decided to explore the countryside a little bit and go see some things she was interested in. We started off and headed to Tamarindo which is about 20 minutes away and is a major surfer town. It is one of the most developed places I have seen so far but this is all still definitely a third world country. Lynn had read there were a lot of cute little shops there but that didn't really turn out to be the case so we headed to our next destination. On the way we stopped for lunch at a place that advertised itself as "fast food". It looked like the most promising place to get anything without having to wait the forty-five minutes until our next destination. We sat in this little open hut at wooden tables and yes I did end up having a cliché American food, a hamburger, but hey, I had octopus yesterday so I didn’t feel guilty.
After that we headed to some small town that is supposedly known for its pottery. It ended up raining most of the day with some major torrential downpours that made it really hard to even see the road. We found our destination thanks to the wonderful help of our GPS system. It turned out to be a small village where people sold the pottery out of their homes. A lot of these villages have these little parks in the middle that seem to be the social gathering place. I was not interested in buying any pottery so I just stayed in the car and enjoyed the local scenery. There were a couple soccer games going on and people just standing around and visiting. The standard attire for Costa Ricans is a t-shirt, shorts and thongs. (Yes, Deb, I just used the word thongs for their footwear and I will continue to use it just because I love the fact that it irritates you so much). It was really neat to see what a simple lifestyle they led.
We made it home and then ended our evening with another late dinner at one of their gourmet restaurants while sitting outside under the stars.