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On our last day in Costa Rica, we headed over to the local supermarket to buy a couple of snacks and souvenirs for the plane ride back to Toronto. We also bought some Salsa Lizano, to try our hands at making Gallo Pinto at home. When we walked out of the supermarket, we were surprised to see a parade of people marching down the street. We asked our hotel concierge, what the parade was all about. Apparently, today was Juan Santamaria Day, a National Holiday in Costa Rica. Juan Santamaria, was a poor drummer boy from Alajuela who helped prevent the U.S citizen William Walker and his mercenary army from turning Central America into a slave-trade empire. After Walker conquered Nicaragua, Costa Rica sent troops to Nicaragua to fight the growing threat. The battle, turned in ... read more


Today, we are traveling from Manuel Antonio to Alajuela to relax before our flight tomorrow afternoon. We learned yesterday, that the bus that goes to San Jose from Quepos stops at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela. This was great news, as we didn’t have to take an expensive shuttle to Alajuela. We reached Alajuela in the afternoon. After storing our luggage at our Hotel, Hostel Cala, we headed off to one of the many cafes for lunch. Alajuela, felt more laid back than the busy capital city of San Jose. In the center of Alajuela is a grand church and a lush green park to relax. There are also a lot of interesting architectural buildings, statues, and smaller parks around. After chilling around downtown, Alajuela we headed back to our hotel for the night. ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Alajuela February 7th 2017

Oli edessä hotellin ja kaupungin vaihto. Vaihdoin aamulla vielä euroja. Lucien tuli mukaan matkalle. Vietiin tavarani hotelliin. Vaihdoin sortsit. Käytiin syömässä kauppahallissa, poikettiin museossa ja syötiin jäätelöt keskuspuistossa. Ostin hotelliin aamuksi ruokaa. Mentiin bussilla lentokentälle. Lucien näki siellä entisiä ja tulevia työkavereita. Halusin nähdä kentän ilman kiirettä ja matkatavaroita. Eihän se ollut mitenkään valtava. Näin pikaisesti myös Ronaldin. Hänellä oli alkanut siellä työt viime viikolla. Työvuoro loppui klo 16. Juteltiin lyhyesti kun mentiin pysäkille. Hän lähti bussilla San Joséhen ja minä Alajuelaan. Vaikka tämä kaupunki on vain 20 kilometrin päässä San Josésta, niin lämpötila on noin kolme astetta korkeampi. Sen huomasi sekä päivällä, jolloin oli aika kuuma, ja illalla, jolloin tarkeni vielä sortseilla ja t... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Alajuela January 26th 2017

Vaihdoin euroja pankissa ja ostin paikallisen liittymän. Kummassakin piti näyttää passiani. Kävin Tulion kanssa lounaalla kauppahallissa ja kävelyllä. Otin päiväunet. Lucien meni käymään lentokentällä. Kävimme sen jälkeen kahvilla ostoskeskuksessa. Kävelin sinne reilun kilometrin. Palasin taksilla kun oli jo pimeää. Maksoi 1,5€. Illalla vielä baarikierros Tulion kanssa. Kesäinen sää. Hotelli Santamaria on keskeisellä paikalla ja isäntä antaa ystävällisiä neuvoja.... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Alajuela January 25th 2017

Herätys lentokentän hotellissa klo 6. Kävin jo kyllä aloittamassa aamiaisen klo 4 kun ei tullut uni. Lento Pariisiin lähti klo 9.25. Löysin siellä lähtöportille helposti. Wifi oli mainio. Lento Costa Ricaan lähti tunnin myöhässä ja kesti 11,5 tuntia. Istuin ranskalaisten välissä. Riitti tarjoiluja ja leffoja. Perillä toimi myös wifi. Passin tarkastukseen joutui jonottamaan. Kaaduin kun kävelin taksiin kun en huomannut korkeuseroa. Sormiin tuli naarmuja. Taksilla hotelliin Alajuelassa. Ostin kaupasta vielä vettä ja banaaneja. Nukkumaan 24 tunnin valvomisen jälkeen. Sekä taksikuski että hotellin pitäjä kehuivat espanjan taitoani.... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Alajuela November 25th 2015

The City Mall is the biggest mall I've ever seen. It's slammed with people shopping for American brand clothing. There is an enormous Ferris Wheel on the roof (our friends told us it is referred to as a "Chicago Wheel). Next door to the gigantic mall is a smaller "International Outlet". Here there are more small shops with local items. I was kind of homesick for American food so I ate some very strange Taco Bell. Strange in part because the menu items there are different, and also because I ordered in broken Spanish and got something completely different than I thought. Sean was brave and had some authentic Costa Rican Pizza Hut. At the airport, we had our first experience with being completely blasted for not knowing the local language. It made it even easier ... read more
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Another sunny, warm day in Costa Rica. We had peaceful night’s sleep. Not a peep from the adolescents. I guess they are not a sports team of some sort. The birds started chirping before dawn. No monkey sounds though. I thought I heard thunder but I think it was the first plane of the day taking off from the airport some ten kilometres away. Coffee was served around the pool shortly after six and breakfast started around seven. I was one of the first in so there was lots of everything. Once the kids arrived, the waiters were kept busy refilling jugs and platters. I am sure they ran out of milk. We lazed around the pool until checkout time and then hung around the reception waiting for our taxi. He arrived early, having brought a ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Alajuela October 31st 2014

Comme prévu, nous avons pris l'avion pour San José, Costa Rica le 21 octobre. Arrivés au Costa Rica : la température est super (juste un peu de pluie en fin de journée). San José: comme écrit dans tous les guides, c'est une métropole digne de ce nom, avec que des rues parrallèles et toutes à angles droits. Cependant, il y a un super parc, vraiment grand, avec des terrains pour tous les sports, un anneau de course ainsi qu'un anneau de patin de vitesse. nous y passons deux nuits, le temps de finaliser les préparatifs pour l'arrivée de Ginette et Andrée, puis partons en voiture pour le Volcan Arenal. 23-24 octobre - volcan Arenal La location de voiture et la route ont pris toute la journée. le 24, nous y avons fait une toute petite randonnée ... read more
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Sunday 1st We arrive at Lima airport around 10.30pm and it takes another hour to clear customs and immigration. Another lot of forms filled in only to be thrown away without even being looked at. I'm getting pretty fed up with the unnecessary forms. We try to find out how to get to our over night hotel the airline are providing but no one knows where we should go ! Eventually we are told to just cross the road and book into the Ramada Hotel. The airline have reserved us a room but without any instructions for us. By now it's 12.30 and we're dead tired and fall into bed. Up at 7.30 and after a quick breakfast it's back to the airport for the flight to San Jose in Costa Rica. We get a shock ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Alajuela January 30th 2014

We are off on our first snowbird type holiday-one month in Costa Rica.Day one was the usual SSI get up early for the ferry gig, then to the airport and wait 4 hours… We got in to Phoenix about 630 PM and shuttled to the fabulous Econolodge-very handy place and excellent value. In the morning, I got three great bird shots with the new camera (Eurasion Collared Dove, Fan Tailled Grackle and a Northern Mockingbird) After the non-gourmet breakfast, it was back to the airport to catch the 1.10 PM US Air flight to San Jose. (5 more fun filled hours) The new air travel scam is to sell you a reasonably priced ticket, then hammer you with luggage fees. We paid about $800 each for the return tickets and then had to pay another $112 ... read more
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