Back to Costa Rica

Trip Start Dec 12, 2002
Trip End Aug 01, 2003

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

After a stopover in El Salvador, Honduras, and Leon en San Juan del Sur in Nicararagua we where heading for Costa Rica...In Leon however a strange thing happened...
Both being in a very good mood we decided to take a ride in Leon's Party bus. A topless bus, decorated with Christmas lamps and equipped with a Sound System, playing salsa and meringue music, takes you for a joyful ride around the city... We standing up, cramped with other party goers, but trying do dance anyway... What a ride, all around the town, happy people everywhere...until we get off...I feel in my pocket and what do I miss? My passport, my bank card... this is the end of the world!!! We spent a couple of hours looking for my pass and card but it's like looking for the famous needle. The next morning I get up at dawn and go out again looking but no luck...
After breakfast I decide to go to an internet cafe to check on the net what I have to do in case of...So depressed... I feel like this is a kind of punishment for all my joy... When suddenly four kids enter the cibercafe, they come straight to me... if it is I who lost my passport? They tell me to come with them, I feel my hair standing up on my arms and my head, the two youngest kids take my hand and take me to a policeman at the parque central who gives me back my passport and my bank card... Is this real? It looks like a dream... I am gonna wake up and be back in reality... but no, it's not a dream...
Hurray for the kids of Leon, I give them the biggest tip they have ever seen, I really love them...
After Leon, we decide to have one more stop on our way to Costa Rica : San Juan del Sur, like this we've covered all the must sees in Nicaragua but I feel that I have to come back to this great country, to get to know the places that are NOT in the travel guides and I absolutely want to get to know the people and if possible do something good for them... (And I want to see a baseball game at Leon)
Two days and back to Costa Rica. We take a chicken bus to the border and at the border a TICA bus to San Jose...
In a way it's like coming home again. Wauw! Costa Rica is so clean! Even San Josť, which when I saw it for the first time, appeared like a dirty, noisy, polluted, ugly and dangerous city, now looks like a calm, friendly, clean, nice and safe place. After seeing Managua, Guate-city, Tegucicalpa... Your perspective changes radically...I wonder how Europe will look for me now? Probably like a disinfected hospital!
Before we go to Puerto Viejo we have to meet Roberto, Emma's friend who lived in Belgium for six months and who apparently speaks good dutch with a strong Antwerp accent! We stay at Roberto's house in Cartogo for a couple of days and we have an opportunity to get to know the world famous Tico hospitality! And indeed it is overwhelming! Not only we can stay for as long as we want, but they wouldn't accept us leaving after one night. Tico's eat three warm meals a day and in between they eat plenty of snacks and take a ways. In combination with the fact that they take the car for everything, even to go to the pizzeria, one block away, it is no surprise that Costaricans are so fat! We spent a couple of days with Roberto and his very nice family and we are even invited to his girlfriends grandpa's birthday party!
Time is running out however and we go to puerto Viejo to spent the last two weeks of our three months journey together... Our perspective of time has changed radically. Sometimes we had great two weeks holidays together but now two weeks only seems like a couple of days to us. So we rented a little house in Puerto Viejo and had a great time. Swimming, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, cycling...

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