Trip Start Feb 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Wow.. Costa Rica really did it's best to make me hate it when i arrived. We had to queue up for hours and hours at the border in the sun, but at least that gave us the chance to bump into everyone we knew who was crossing the border that day. I was expecting to be travelling by myself into Costa Rica, but ended up knowing about 7 or so people including Ayme and Emico, who I've travelled with heaps so far and who were coming from San Juan del Sur.
After getting across the border we then had to pay a ridiculous price for a taxi because we would have been waiting more hours for crazily overcrowded buses. It turned out to be too difficult to get where i wanted to go that day so I followed the crew of people I knew to Tamarindo.
Playa Tamarindo is more expensive and more packed with tourists than where i've been before, unfortunately. And the tourists aren't backpackers who are exploring the world trying to learn from it, they're mostly families of well-off Americans with a couple of weeks in summer. Coming into town on yet another crazily crowded bus (it seems the rich tourists just get cars and drive around), all the English signs for land for development and construction and real estate companies filled me with foreboding. Arriving in Tamarindo confirmed for me that Costa Rica is still being conquered by the 'developed' world, and I hated that I was perhaps playing a role in that. This trip has raised some interesting questions for me about being a beneficiary of colonialism and imperialism and the subsequent responsibility that comes with that.
So apart from these concerns i still had a pretty nice time in Tamarindo - more beach and beer, and there was a kitchen where i could cook, but I was pretty keen to leave Tamarindo soon for somewhere hopefully a bit more my style.
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