Home Comforts

Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2014

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Saturday, September 28, 2013

I've spent the last couple of days in San Jose and then travelling just an hour away to the much more pleasant San Ramon. During my time I managed to catch up with two Raleigh friends and get a taste of Costa Rican family life.

San Jose appealed slightly more on my second visit, but remains a pretty ugly city! Wandering through the chain of squares and parks, with a wealth of people walking, sitting or performing, it was hard to put a finger on why it just doesn't quite work. Whilst there though, I caught up with my lovely Kiwi phase two companion. After scouring the streets for a nice bar/cafe for dinner, we had a tasty meal and I quaffed my first alcoholic beverage since Bocas, whilst we exchanged stories of the last two weeks, before heading to my hostel for a nightcap.

Next stop was San Ramon and whilst only an hour or so from San Jose, it has a totally different vibe. San Ramon is not really on the backpacker trail and doesn't get a mention in my Lonely Planet, but I was there to visit one of my jungle camp companions. I was very fortunate to be invited to stay with Mei's family, who were wonderfully welcoming and it gave me a chance to not only catch up on the last three months with Mei (who departed two weeks in, for the five week expedition), but also get a taste of Tico family life.

Upon arrival I was whisked to one of the tastiest lunches I've had in ages at 'Cafe Delicious', which lived up to it's name. This was followed by a whistlestop visit to the town of Grecia, to see the beautiful brick red metal church with gingerbread trimming, which was strangely built in Belgium and shipped over in 1887. A tasty home cooked meal and drinks out in a local bar then ensued, followed by a lazy day today, with a tortilla making lesson and walking the dogs. My time here was so close to 'normal life' that, for the first time, I felt a little homesick.

It's been great catching up with the Raleigh girls and now I'm moving on the pastures new and making my way north, up a swiss cheese road, to my next stop in Monteverde.
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