Part 2 of this adventure begins... Costa Rica!!!!
Trip Start Nov 05, 2005
37Trip End Jan 04, 2006
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I made it to the San Jose airport and waited for about 5 minutes until I saw my name on a clipboard --- yaaayyy! My ride is here, or at least he better be my ride. Marcos is a tiny little man who speaks NO ENGLISH - none - nada. And so the fun begins. Where is Rosalinda or Leroy when I need them to translate!
The driving here is a bit more civilized than Guatemala although there was a motorcyle that passed between us and a bus - just made a 3rd lane. It feels more humid here than in Antigua but not anything like Flores
My homestay is in Tres Rios (Three Rivers) which is about an hour from the airport and maybe 25 minutes from the centre of San Jose. So it´s a suburb.. a nice suburb. Tres Rios has mountains around in every direction. It´s really scenic.
Rosa is my "mama tica" and her son (23), Pablo lives with her. She has another son, Juan who is married with a little Juan (1). Both sons speak English and Rosa speaks a little. Upon my arrival, Rosa made coffee (sooooo good) and fried plantines for a snack. I am going to be so hooked on coffee.
Rosa´s house is very homey and I feel very welcomed. We went for a walk this afternoon around the neighborhood and stopped at this huge mall which is even bigger and nicer than Chinook Mall. Quite a bit different than Chichicastenango and snapped me back into my world in Calgary but I didn´t mind too much because it was a Spanish lesson all the way there and back.
For dinner, we had rice, zuchini with ground meat (beef?? I´ve learned not to ask) and salad and black beans
It was great to unpack my suitcase! I have a room to myself but the bed is a very small single, with a 4" foam on a wooden frame. I shouldn´t complain but man, I miss my soft bed.
Here the houses are all caged in. There are private security guards patrolling the neighborhood day and night. There is not one front yard that is completely open - they all have a barred wall surrounding the property. I´m really confused about this - what the heck am I being protected from?? I should feel safe but it´s unnerving.
I noticed a sign "Desayuno" or breakfast and it said $2950 and then I remembered that I had to learn a whole new currency. I was just getting used to the Quetzales - just divide by 7ísh for US dollars. With Colones in Costa Rica, you must divide by 414 to get Canadian dollars.... great. Out comes the calculator.
It´s Friday night and I´m in bed at 9pm - long day. I wonder what my friends are doing at Pete´s Peanut Pub in Calgary... probably enjoying a Strongbow or 2.