Early Mornings in Costa Rica

Trip Start Feb 08, 2014
Trip End Mar 07, 2014

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Well, even with a comfy bed, I was still only able to sleep in until 7 am. Boy, have my sleeping patterns ever changed. I used to be able to sleep until 9 or 10 am and still be tired. Now, I sleep to 6 or 7 am and have more energy in the morning. Interesting!

We are still in Alajuela, Costa Rica. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express hotel in this city. To be honest, if you didn't know better, you would think you were back home in Canada. The Holiday Inn in this city feels just the same as you would find one in any province or even state in the USA. Also, we were even able to watch English television last night - although I did not really watch much.

It is currently 7:31 am in the morning so I thought I would write a short entry in my blog. I'm not sure if I will have access to the computer for the rest of the day.

The hotel is allowing us to have a late check out. We have decided to stay until 1 pm and then take the shuttle to the airport at this time.

Adios for now... :)

So, we left our hotel room just before 1 pm and then proceeded to take the complimentary shuttle to the airport.

We did some work before we went to the airport the day before so save hassle the next day. We bought the departure tax (yes, you have to pay to leave Costa Rica :). The tax costs $29 per person but we bought it at our hotel to save waiting in line and paid $33. We figured the extra money was worth not having to wait in a long line up. Turns out, when we got to the airport, there didn't seem to be much of a lineup after all. Oh well, at least it was done!!!

That morning while we were waiting to leave for the airport, I also used their printer to obtain our airline tickets.

So, we made it to the airport and what a procedure it is to leave the country. Normally, with all the documents we have back home, we can just head to the customs and then head to our departure point. Not here! Here, you have to go to the airline and show them that you paid the departure tax. They then give you a receipt to give to the customs people.

Going through customs is a chore in it's own. They do their routine scan all of you and your items and then ask a tons of questions.

Next, we headed to our departure point and waited for our flight.

As we were boarding the flight, they then did another search of our luggage (which we both had walk on luggage). Yes, as we were about to the walk down the platform to the airline - there were tables set up for you to put your luggage. There, a lady actually opened up your luggage once again and went through it again.

Joanne asked why they did it again when they had already done it when we went through customs and the lady said it was the law. I guess they are against bringing any sort of liquid on the plane. The customs catches you bringing the liquid to the airport but I guess they think while you are waiting for your flight - you might by a drink and try to sneak it on from there. So, if you buy a bottle of water within the airport, you still can't bring it on your flight. We weren't use to this procedure. Normally, if you buy anything within the airport, you can bring it on the flight.. Not here... ! Anyways, we made it onto the flight and were off into the wild blue yonder.. :)

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