Guess that´s why they call it the rainy season . .

Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
Trip End Oct 04, 2007

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Well, after a bus, a ferry, and another long bus ride in the pouring rain, we finally arrived (almost) at our destination, Nosara. We had to stay the night in another town on the way, Nicoya, and then got the first bus in the morning out to the beach. Arriving in even more pouring rain, we found a place to stay at Blew Dogs Surf Club, a place where you can easliy forget you are in Costa Rica because there are gringos all around. After checking out the beach and seeing some cool green lizards and colorful crabs on the way, we decided to try our luck surfing (without taking a lesson. . . ). We got in and tried to do what we assumed to be the right techniques, and quickly discovered that we didnŽt have a f*&%ing clue what we were doing. Ido also discovered that it hurts when your surfboard decides to do a flip flop and run its fin across  your stomach and hand. When we got out of the water we watched his hand just swell up before our eyes.  (donŽt worry, heŽs ok now, just a bit sore in the hand).
We didnŽt do much the rest of the day. Met a few nice British girls, saw (and heard) a howler monkey family across the street, did some grocery shopping. Apparently thereŽs a big problem with the monkeys here getting electrocuted by power lines that donŽt have the proper grounding/transformers. Only this month something like 17 monkeys have already died this way. The community (there are many Americans living here) is trying to raise money to fix the lines to make them safe, and there are donation boxes in all the shops. 
Although there was a big party at our hotel, we were too tired after getting up at 4 AM to do anything but go to bed early, hoping to catch the waves at low tide in the morning.
But alas, it was pouring rain all night and in the morning and IdoŽs hand still hurt, so no surfing for us. We thought about sticking around to see the mass turtle landings at a beach really nearby here, but then found out that because of all the rain there is no way to cross the river to get there, so thatŽs not an option. After finding this out, we decided to cut our losses and get the hell out of dodge.
Now we are waiting for the car rental place to open up, and weŽŽll get on our way to Monteverde as soon as we can. WeŽll be ahead of schedule according to the itinerary so hopefully weŽll be able to have more time in Nicaragua.
Sorry for the lack of pictures, weŽll post some next time.

Yours damply,

Ido and Phoenix
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