Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
Trip End Nov 13, 2009

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Bahia Something
Bahia Paradiso

Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday, we were again up at the crack of dawn to catch a 5 am bus to
Moyogalpo and then a ferry to San Jorge. Manny and his friend, an
Israeli girl named Danielle, came with us. Once we got off the ferry, a
cab driver offered to take us to the bus station and even to the
border. After a lot of bargaining, we got him to take us to the border
for only a dollar more than it would have been to take the bus.
Sometimes traveling in groups is sweet. We had a big typico breakfast
at the border then began the infinite crossing process. It took about 2
hours and a lot of lines, but finally we were through. We caught a bus
to Liberia (an hour and a half) and then to Playa Tamarindo (2 1/2
hours). We were happy to see that buses here arenīt much more than in
other countries - about a dollar an hour. But as soon as we got to
Tamarindo, our jaws dropped. Cute storefronts, endless surf shops, fast food, no stray dogs,
clean streets, and hundreds of gringos. It was like Disneyland! And theyīre not even backpacker gringos, theyīre, like, old! Ha, that was for you, mom. Anyways, we are in definite reverse culture shock right now and are trying to get over paying more than $3 for a meal and seeing people that are clean and in normal clothes. The beaches are nice and relaxing though, and seeing as I am quickly running out of money, we are probs just going to stay here until I fly out of San Jose on Friday. Canīt believe itīs already been a month!

Update: We found a decent hostel for $9 a night
called Bahia Paradiso or something like that. The owners are totes
crazy but totes friendly and it is clean and new and near the beach.
Since then, we havenīt really done anything. Weīve laid out and gone
out once, but thatīs about it. Itīs back to Ramen noodles, too. We
havenīt seen much of it, but so far Costa Rica is by far our least
favorite country. There are thousands of tourists milling about,
everybody speaks English to you even when you speak Spanish to them,
stuff is way overpriced, and we havenīt seen an inkling of culture.
But, people have been friendly and the beach is really nice, so we
canīt complain too much. Itīs just very different than where weīve been. Tomorrow, weīre headed to Playa Grande, just a
few minutes away, to see Teddyīs friends that are surf instructors
here. And I think, at last, weīre also going to see turtles tomorrow night.
Yes!!! (So shh, donīt tell the turtle hater, we donīt want him to try and foil my plans!)

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