I hate ATM's down here

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End Dec 2008

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

 I hate this travel blog web site sometimes. I accidentally navigated way from this page and when I flipped it back on the browser it erased my whole entry. So here is the condensed version. That is the second time this site has done that to me. damnit !!

Get up early with a "get r' done" attitude. I need to go to Nicoya to find a Western Union. Its about a 30 mile ride one way from Playa Samara. The town of Nicoya has around 30 thousand inhabitants, its name is made up from two Indian words - Necoc Iauh - meaning "waters on both sides". From the viewpoint of tourism, the place has everything a visitor is looking for. Banks, hotels, restaurants, good bars, and so on. Even so, the majority of the local people get their livelihood from wool, rice, and livestock.

Nicoya is also the provincial capital of the region and possibly the oldest town in Costa Rica.

I eat my usual breakfast at the hotel. While I am sitting there, two super sexy young ladies walk in and sit at the table next to me. They ask me to join them for breakfast and I gladly accept. Jennifer is from Montana and Misha is from the Czech Republic. Both are looking for a cheaper place to stay. I give them some advice before I head out to catch the bus.
Im standing at the bus stop and both them come walking by and ask if I would like to share a room withem. It would cost $15.00 each. Since, I am low on funds and dont know if the ATM or Western Union are going to be like in Nicoya. I accept.

I arrive in Nicoya and after a few questions in spanish and some leg work, I find the Western Union office and the money is successfully received. Yay!
I'm back in the game. the only ATM in Samara would not accept my VISA card and only give me $20.00 per session. I think most travellers have experienced this while travelling and it can get kind of frustrating and worrisome.

I can get everything here cheaper. I got a haircut for 5 bucks. ( $10 in the states ) 1/2 pound of BBQ ribs plus Pepsi for $3.00. Ans pair of flip flops for $1.00 compared to $7.00 at the beach. sweet.
 I walk around for awhile before the bus departs and take some random pictures.

It costs .25 cents to use the restroom wall to piss on and it has a drainage ditch along the bottom of the floor. Their is no urinals and the stalls are padlocked. You can use them for $1.00.

Later on, while waiting for my bus back to Samara, A  4' 5"  crusty old man keeps pointing at my bottle of water and I'm like "what?" "que quieres?". He incesantly stares at me and walks away. I sit down at the soda counter and order a Casada con Pollo and another bottled water. He walks by again and points at my bottle. I ask him, " Tienes sed?" "Are you thirsty? " and he again, walks away. I am asking him in spanish, so it's not like he doesn't understand me.

After I finish my dish, I call him back give him the old bottle with warm backwash. He grabs it and walks away. I notice he empties the water and throws the empty bottle away. Thanks dude. Whatever

I think about coming back to this town after I leave the beach because its cheaper & they're having a week long festival/ pary that celebrates this province's independence from Nicaragua in 1948. Costa Ricas last war with its Northern neighbor.
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