Taking a break from solo traveling!

Trip Start Aug 26, 2007
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Monday, September 24, 2007

I thought it would feel strange to not be twenty-something anymore, since I had been in my 20's for the past 10 years, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to admit to myself and the world that I'm a proud 30. I welcome this new decade with excitement and am eager to continue my travels through Latin America!!

Thankfully, I have company for the next leg of my trip! My best friend and hermana del alma, Carolina has joined me for a week on this crazy adventure. We have started in Costa Rica, which will be my home base for the next few months.

My 7 years of corporate travel paid off in frequent flyer miles and getting upgraded to first class. We quickly took advantage of all the perks and hung out for a few hours at the First Class Lounge during our layover in Charlotte. This is the way to travel! We sucked the life out of the free wireless internet, muffins and hot chocolate.

My first impression of Costa Rica as the plane was pulling in, was how green and lush it was, with beautiful mountains visible in the distance. The sky was overcast and given it's rainy season, chances for rain every afternoon are high. We were well prepared for rain, with ample umbrellas and hoodies. What we weren't prepared for was the strong wave of humidity that wrapped around us as soon as we exited the plane!! WOW, thank God I brought my mousse and curly hair products, because frizz settled in before we hit the baggage claim area!!

As soon as we arrived at the B&B and unloaded our luggage, as if by cue, the rain started to fall and didn't stop all night. Nevertheless, once we were settled in, we took our umbrellas and set about exploring our surroundings. In all my research on Costa Rica, the consensus is that San Jose is the ugliest city in the country and pales in comparison with the natural beauty of the rest of the country. In our short hours here in the capital city, we must concur. As we walked under a highway ramp and half-finished sidewalks, all we wanted was a place to sample the local cuisine, instead we passed an Office Max, Denys, and various Chinese restaurants!! Just as we were about to head over to Denys in dismay, we spotted an awesome Seafood restaurant and enjoyed a wonderful platter of fresh seafood and freshly squeezed fruit juice.

Tomorrow, we have a jam-packed day full of volcanoes, waterfalls, coffee farms, and much, much more!
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Re: Advice for Single Guys
Hi there,
I haven't been to Jaco, so I'm not much help there. In regards to San Jose, I would recommend the Linda Vista Aparthotel (info@lindavistacr.com). Their prices are hard to beat. They have excellent, furnished one-bedroom apartments and the most scenic views ever. They are perched on a mountain with tons of hiking trails. The owners are extremely helpful in scheduling airport pickup, tours all over Costa Rica, etc etc Mention my name (Judy) and tell them I said hi if you decide to call them! Their names are Sadee and Wilfredo. They lived in New Jersey for many years. Good luck!!

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