I made Juliette cry : - (

Trip Start Oct 10, 2001
Trip End Feb 19, 2002

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Saturday, December 29, 2001

We left the peaceful Montezuma behind and took the boat back to the mainland. At Puntarenas, we transferred to a packed bus headed toward the south pacific coast of Costa Rica. It was a long ride for an understatement. The bus was crowded to the max, similar to any Beijing city buses at rush hour. Both me and Juliette had to stand for most of the way to Quepos, so it was not a best bus experience to say the least. The view was pretty amazing though, on most occasions, the pacific highway (pan-american highway) was very close to the coast, so the calm pacific accompanied us all the way to Manuel Antonio.

Upon arriving in Manuel Antonio our biggest concern was finding a hotel that still had room and within our budget. Manuel Antonio is a top tourist resort with 5 star hotels and foreign mansions equipped with CIA security systems, not the usual Central America coastal town. When we arrived, I felt totally out of place, not sure what Juliette felt, probably just tired. After some difficult searching, we found a cement box of a room in a backpacker style hotel; the owner/manager totally overcharged us based on the high season prices. We were tired and sweaty; our backpacks felt like the Stonehenge with straps; and we had no other option but to stay.

Me and Juliette had a tough day, and add to it, I was frustrated for paying twice our budget to stay in a crappy hotel in a capitalist resort town that was so hot and humid that our shirts were soaked constantly. In our stuffy room, my frustration boiled over, I got mad at Juliette for some stupid reason and yelled at her. She just sat there in our bed and tears started to fall. It was the first time I seen her cry. I felt terrible. After a short silence, I tried to comfort her as much as I could, we talked and kissed and had a nice dinner. Afterward we talked more and walked on the crowded beach under the rain for a while before retired for the night. I realized I will always have her by my side even in tough situations like today. I was really sorry that I made her cry, I just hope she was kind enough to forgive me.
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