Arrive in San Jose
Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
5Trip End Mar 15, 2005
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The San Jose airport is gorgeous! Really modern and newly constructed. We were rushed through Customs and waited for our luggage next to a girls' soccer team from the USA
Having gotten to the airport late, we didn't have the time to get a "last morning Tim Hortons" before we departed :( Needless to say, by this time, we were both cranky and hungry. Brendan didn't really enjoy the mystery egg and salsa "McMuffin" thing we received on the plane :)
We made our way through the airport to the lobby. The lobby was complete chaos : people waving signs and shouting in Spanish, tourists everywhere, cab drivers pulling you here and there. We eventually figured out where to go in order to catch our bus West. We found and American Exchange Student who was studying in Costa Rica for the year. She kindly directed us towards the bus - after warning us that we had a 2 hour bus ride and a 1.5 hour ferry ride to get to where we were staying for the night.
We got on the mini bus with a bunch of cranky Canadians :) We were joined by an 2 elderly couples (both of which were looking a little upset - one couple in particular complained the entire way) There were also 2 families - both having atleast 4 kids (ages 4->15) We were entertained by kids screaming, some arguing over iPODs, some feeling queezy from the crazy driving
The roads were well paved yet still bumpy as hell and full of hairpin turns. The driver definately drove over the posted speed limits of 60 kph. The scenery was amazing though, so I was enjoying the ride immensely - we were in an air conditioned bus so I couldn't complain about a thing. It's funny, I'd never really thought about what to expect (scenery-wise) from this country. Nothing's flat here! Nothing!!!! It takes forever to get anywhere because you need to go up down and around huge mountains/hills.