Blogs from San José, San José, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean - page 6

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After our very low-key and incredibly relaxing Christmas we took a bus ride from Boquete to David to the Panama/Costa Rica border and then from there to Managua, Nicaragua, eventually making our way to Costa Rica our intended destination. We were up before 4:30 AM to begin our journey in David, in part related to some anxiety related to travel to a new place, because we did not want to miss our bus, and we did not know what time the bus left the station in David (Boquete > David > Nicaragua > Costa Rica). We caught a 'chicken' bus in David which, incidentally, is called that because they are potential passengers - there were no chickens on this bus and we were glad for it. In David we found our bus which was leaving in ... read more
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Jagermeister-get sick!
Whiskey and women


Okay, so a good friend of mine, not on facebook, just pointed out the obvious to me … I have been in Costa Rica for 3 weeks, and I haven’t posted anything on my travel blog. I am going to play the “one sentence” game since I don’t have time to write much right now. San Jose: More beautiful and livable than I expected. Escazu: Less Costa Rican, more Americanized? High prices. Cleaner and more organized than other suburbs of San Jose? More likely to encounter English speakers, and less likely to experience how locals live. Comfort living for travel phobes?... read more
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We've been here 2 full weeks now and it has been a while since our last post. While we haven't really done much over the last week, a lot has happened. First item of note - the discovery of gluten-free pasta! Twice!! We found rice pasta here in a grocery store in San Pedro (see photos) and again in Manuel Antonio last weekend (rice/corn penne imported from Italy!). It is always exciting to find GF products while traveling. In keeping with the food theme, we also had a cooking lesson from our Mama Tica and we learned how to make Gallo Pinto (the typical breakfast dish of rice and beans with a secret sauce!). We suspect that it will never taste the same when we make it, but we will try all the same, provided we ... read more
Spaghetti Night
Makeover


Pura vida is a very common saying in Costa Rica. Gabi had told us this before arriving in Costa Rica and we saw and heard the phrase everywhere. Here is what Wiki (my old faithful friend) has to say about it: "Pura vida literally means Pura = pure and vida = life, but "Pure life" in Spanish would be "Vida pura" instead, so the real meaning is closer to "plenty of life", "full of life", "this is living!", "going great", "real living","Awesome!" or "cool!" It can be used both as a greeting and a farewell, to express satisfaction, to politely express indifference when describing something or even to say "thank you" or "you're welcome". The phrase has become universally known in Costa Rica and it has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956." ... read more
Getting some love from the Gabster
Capuchin monkeys at our hotel - Monteverde
Ziplining - one of the platforms - this one not v high


Travelling. We left Utilla, Honduras heading towards San Jose, Costa Rica. The journey would take us through San Pedro Sula whhere we had to sleep one night. We arrived early in the morning and were greeted by a hostel owner offering free transport to and from the bus terminal and rooms for 10 dollars, a good deal! Because our group was pretty large it meant 2 trips in his minivan, so off went the first group, we were group number 2. As soon as the minivan left the VULTURES descended (taxidrivers) "TAXI, TAXI TAXI!" after telling them about 100 times we already had a ride, listening to them offer us better deals (paying instead of travelling free) and them telling us the minivan would never come back and a taxi pulling up, opening the trunk and ... read more

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Of all the countries within Central America my next stop, Costa Rica, was the one that really excited me the least. From a backpackers perspective it is expensive (the price of dorm rooms tripled on crossing the border) and it is filled with American tourists looking to have an American experience outside of America. The country is literally packed with MacDonalds, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts and KFC´s, basically everything that I am not missing from home. It didn´t help that it rained virtually every day I was in the country and that Facebook was filled with the October heatwave in the UK. The first stop we had planned was a town in the Northern Highlands called Monteverde. According to the Lonely Planet this was one of the easiest journeys we would have to do; simply jump ... read more
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Today is in Costa Rica Dia de Niños – Children´s day! Thanks to this occasion, Valoarte exhibition is opening its gate today! This special day has given an opportunity for opening to the public an exhibition called Valoarte at the Centro de Arte y Tecnología La Aduana in east of San José, Costa Rica. This exhibition, where about 150 artists are introduced, benefits to Hogar Siembra, which is a nongovernmental organization founded in 1983 and which has been dedicated to rescuing girls and young women at risk, helping them to overcome problems of abuse and domestic violence. There are supposed to be around 250 different art works that are for sale. The event is possible to visit until September 29 and it can be very nice experience! Also in this day dedicated to children, I cannot ... read more


Myself and Anna had a little bit of a set back on our way to Costa Rica as we realised on our stopover in Panama that we had been booked on a different flight to the rest of our group which was 3 hours later. So we had about 4 hours to kill by ourselves in the airport (very reminiscent of Delhi experience). We made the most of it by eating sushi and drinking alot of coffee while reading our books spread out over the airport chairs. When we finally arrived we met up with the rest of the group and proceeded to get ready for our one big night out in the capital. We were really licky as our friend Sebastion lives in San Jose so he was on hand to be our tour guide ... read more


We went back to San Jose again to spend a few more days here befre we moved on to Nicaragua. The main reason for going back was for water raftng. Our friend Sebastian told us that we couldnt not go to San Jose and not got water rafting as the rivers are rated top 5 and number one in the country for rafting. So we booked our trip and apprehensively went on our tour. I was so nervous and excited to water raft as its something i have always wanted to do. And i was not disappointed. It was such an exhilarating experience and i enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide was amazing and he made the trip really fun and exccitning. It was us 5 girls and Sean in our boat with the guide ... read more


Waking Hostel: Nomadas Backpackers Cost: $12 USD/night Waking up this morning with a beautiful view, the first thing I did was look out the window. Yep, I'm still in paradise! Even though I had no plans when coming down or when I arrived, I luckily had a friend that had a cousin that lives close to San Jose. I called her up to meet later in the afternoon, but I had about 3 hours to kill and my stomach told me that breakfast needed to be included in whatever plans I made. Since there was nothing to be had in my hostel (I'm not too sure how this works yet), I decided to grab something while I was out touring a bit of the city. Figuring I only had time to hit a couple of blocks, ... read more
Life Everywhere...
View from the Park Downtown
Delicious "Black-Person" Breakfast  Sandwich




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