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Published: December 20th 2010
Sorry for the long break but we have been sleeping, eating and drinking by the beach and not much time for internet..that and the stupid Hilton charges an arm and a leg for WiFi. You would think that a hotel of this stature would get with the times and include WiFi with the room, like every other hotel out there! NOT!!! That is just one of our pet peeves about the Hilton, but we won't bore you with those right now.
We arrived at the Hilton Papagayo on Thursday after a 3 hour drive through the Arenal volcano area. We left The Springs with tons of cloud coverage, rain and humidity. The drive was quicker than thought and the weather changed quick as well, to sunny and clear.
The hotel is just up from Playa Coco in a small gulf of the ocean, so there are no waves ( that was a bummer for the kids) but the weather is smoking hot around 30 degrees each day so far!
The resort itself is small (which we expected)and cute- but somewhat a dissapointment from what we were use to staying at so far. The rooms are small and quite dingy
for a Hilton ( well maybe that is what to expect at a Hilton anyways?) the food is decent and the drinks are plentiful. There is a small kids club that the kids are enjoying, a large pool area and a bar that dishes out strawberry daquiris and nachos all day- so kids are happy! Not a lot of older kids here so Lindsay is a bit bored- she has read "The hunger Games" for a 4th time now....really wants the 2nd book but we haven't been able to find it anywhere. I guess we should have ordered it from Amazon and had it delivered here??? However, she is managing to get some of her home work done now so I guess that is a good thing. I have almost read 3 chapters of the book I brought- that I started in Turks about 8 months ago- my goal is to finish it before we leave.....big expectations eh!
Sean and I went on a bike tour yesterday in to Panama with another couple from Kansas and got a good work out in. The bikes were mountain bikes and one broke on the way so we had to fix...we went to
venture off road for a bit looking for monkeys but no luck...drove through town ( a bus stop and a school?) girls were whisling at Imer the guide and Sean of course....and we saw some people killing chickens! Quite an adventure...it was noce to get out and do something different from the day to day stuff and meet someone new. The couple are nice -Trey & Janice- the guy looks like Jordan) and they are a young couple with lots of adventure and travel for school - They both taught wilderness survival in Colarado this year, Trey worked at an Orphanage in Honduris. They are both back in school- Trey is now doing his PHD in economics, Janice has a university degree,mba and now doing her doctorate in pharmacy ( 2 nd year) ..they both do mission work...they are heading to Peru for the summer to open a hospital and teach economics in a remote mountain village..I thought that was pretty cool!
Kids rode a horse on the beach yesterday, Sarah gets her face painted every day and is happy as she has a friend Jacob to play with...Julia is doing a great job of babysitting each morning so that
Sean and I can get our work outs in and Hayden is just having a good time oblivious of anything! And it hasn't been without its laughs- didn't have the camera but Sarah was her true self up at the swim up bar ordering her strawberry daquiri and sure enough we turn to see her swimming across the length of the pool with drink in hand desperately trying to keep it out of the water-unfortunately for the other swimmers she didn't quite make it!
Even though we wish we had made a different choice in resorts, we are having a great time doing a lot of nothing!
We leave here in 2 days to head back to San Jose for our last night before coming home to the snow!!
That's all for now....Enjoy!
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