No pain no gain, and, This is the life!
Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
5Trip End Jul 16, 2011
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Where I stayed
Los Ojos Azules
What I did
Spanish language school, lounged at Playa Brasilito y Playa Conchal
Tuesday I enjoyed a leisurely morning in downtown San Jose. I went to the gym for the first time in 6 weeks! And took off my post-op shoe! I still have a limp, which everyone has been asking me about, but oh well. Costa Rica definitely feels different this time around, more like a friend, more real, more genuine. After a quick stop at the cafe I took the bus to meet up with a new friend Johan. I accompanied him and his girlfriend to Las Palmeras...and on the way enjoyed some of the beautiful CR countryside, and got some great pictures of different iglesias. Later that evening, I made it back to the city just in time to enjoy Daniela Navarroīs concert performance a El Teatro Nacional. She is a 15 yr old child prodigy who plays piano ...what a perfect ending to the day.
God is so good! I needed a reminder of his presence on Wednesday morning as I tried to figure out how to get to Guanacaste. What a blessing, right as I was checking out, another couple came downstairs to checkout who spoke english, and just happened to be headed to playa brasilito via bus! I was able to taxi with them to the bus station and catch a 1030 bus directly to Brasilito, which probably saved me an hour from the bus route I was preparing to take. A very nice gal and her father here visiting family...we ended up finding Ojos Azules and lodging there for the past couple nights (after a 5 hour, hair rising bus ride - geez these ticoīs drive fast!). Playa Brasilito is small, humid, and muy tranquilo. My first night in my cabina I woke up to use the restroom, and to my suprise there was pretty good sized frog chilling about a foot away from me on the wall! He was kind enough to wait to jump into the shower after I quickly left to get back in bed. He was just a friendly little guy, but I have been informed that the black frogs are not so kind. AND, they have pica caballo spiders here as well! And I thought I was safe until I got to Nicaragua... ;-) Needless to say, I make sure all the windows are shut when I go to bed at night... Speaking of night, last night was the first powerful thunder-lightning-rainstorm since I arrived in this country. The downpour only lasted about half an hour and it was magnificent. The rain fell so hard I felt the whole building shudder against the weight of it.
And finally, this morning I got some sun at the beautiful Playa Conchal...true to its name, there are thousands of shell bits instead of sand, and the gorgeous crystal blue water I was hoping to encounter on this trip. The owner of Ojos Azules has one of the most extensive and beautiful shell collections from this beach...collected over 2 hours a day for 15 years! But it didnīt take me that long to find a conch...a friend at the soda where I had dinner last night gifted me one he had scored recenlty! Guau! Okay I am starving so I have to go...sorry this blog is a bit disorganized! I seem to have no patience for writing anymore - I have to pray that God takes that away someday soon!