Trip Start Apr 08, 2012
10Trip End Apr 13, 2012
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San Jose sits in the Central Valley of CR, which means that when you land there, you are completely surrounded by mountains. Beautiful!
At the airport, we were picked up by a van which took us to the hotel. It was quite warm when we arrived at The Adventure Inn, and we changed into shorts first thing. Our initial exploring was to walk about 15 minutes down the road, a road parallel to a main route, then climb over an overpass *Ahh, feel the breeze* to a suburban mall. It was crowded, and full of familiar places in the food court and beyond, such as McDonalds and Subway, as well as more local chain foods. Our real goal was the supermarket, to shop for food for tomorrow's adventure to the Poas Volcano. I love supermarkets in other countries. There are always interesting new foods, as well as familiar foods in different packaging and, in this case, in Spanish. We picked up fruit and cheese and basics for lunch, and took a chance on some pineapple/filled empanadas for a treat.
There is a little park near the hotel which has a pond with some interesting coot/like large ducks. We also discovered a 2 inch wide path of ants taking flowers to their home across the park. I've uploaded a picture of Bob taking a picture, and of the path, but you can only really seeing the ants taking red blossoms much larger than themselves in the short video I shot, which I can't figure out how to upload onto this blog at this time
>Other photos are from the hotel, which is kind of a funny place. Best for us, it has a small pool which we relaxed in before dinner as twilight fell. We ate in the hotel restaurant, and tried to choose Costa Rican dishes. An appetizer we ordered had fried plantain pancakes with a ground black bean sauce, guacamole and pico de gallo. That was Michael's favorite. The main dish we ordered had rice, black beans, veggies in a bland tomato sauce, fried plantains, triangles of white, mild cheese and a salad. <it reminded me of the food we ate in San Jose last time we were here, which I am remembering was not very highly spiced.
The biggest part of our adventure for tomorrow will be figuring out the bus to Poas. I'm drooping to sleep here, and we'll need to get up early to get cracking. It feels good to be on the first part of our trip, with our travel grime washed away and our beds calling...