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Published: October 22nd 2009
Today has been soooo much better then yesterday. Myles and i woke up around 7:30am to the sound of the ocean and the wide array of birds that live here. After several attempts to go back to sleep we decided that the noise (being still enjoyable) was too loud. Since we hadn't eaten yet we started getting dressed to head to town. As we were finishing up we ran into the man who manages the property were we are staying. His name is Hernan, and he is really personable. He was more then happy to answer any questions we had about the local wild life. He also offered to take us into town because he had a dentist appointment next door to a great place to eat.
We got in his car and off we went. About 5 minute wild ride we arrived at our destination "Bread and Chocolate" which is know for its amazing coffee and homemade sweets. We weren't sure whether to seat our selves or not so we kinda stood around until one of the waitresses told us to pick any seat. We picked a spot close to the rail of the porch to
try to catch the slight breeze from the beach. Our first view of Puerto Viejo (since it was dark last night and we couldn't see anything.) was about what we were expecting. Its a small town (only 5 blocks long) with a lot of brightly colored buildings and rasta music playing everywhere. Its not the cleanest place, but it has a certain laid back charm that i have never experienced. There is no side walk, so in most places you have to be mindful of cars in the street with you. Anyways, Bread and Chocolate was amazing, along with great desserts they serve an amazing breakfast. the bacon was real bacon, not like "out of the package from the supermarket" bacon, i mean "like hand me that fresh ham 'casue i gotta cut me some slices of baconie goodness" bacon. It was also my first time ever eating runny eggs, and i have to tell you that they aren't that bad. the food was good the people working there were really nice, and the coffee was heaven.
Hernan had told us that if we wanted to wait a little while for him we could catch a ride back to
the house. But after walking past his dentist and actually hearing the sound of a drill from the open window, we decided to save him the time taking us home, and just walk. We chose to walk along the beach and checkout the black sand. Its really neat, the sand isn't coarse like it is in California, its almost like a powdered sugar consistency. Its really fine, and surprisingly dark. Along the beach we met three stray horses that we had heard about from other blogs about the area. Periodically we would walk up a path to check how close we were to our house, and when the neighboring place was in view we decided to head up to the road.
When we got back we immediately saw a green and black poison dart frog, he was so interesting and brightly colored. After that excitement we laid in the hammocks and read, messed around on the internet, and went to the beach. We are technically staying on Playa Negra (the black sand beach) but the sand isn't as dark in our area as it is right in front of the town. Its mixed with white sand so its kind
of polka dotted in some areas. We just explored the area and walked a little. We decided that one day we are going to try to walk to Cahuita, which is supposed to be the best snorkeling spot in all of Costa Rica. Its probably about 5 miles of so from where we are, but you can see it from the beach here. The water was so warm and the locals nice. On our way back up the trail we saw some tree cutter ants that were pretty neat to watch.
After going to the beach we both were pretty hungry, and it gets dark really early here, so we decided to set out for dinner (it was like 4:00). This time into town we decided to walk along the road to see what it was like, as i mentioned earlier there are no sidewalks so you have to walk on the street where the cars drive, and they wont actually run you over, but they get damn close. Along the way we saw this extremely cute little dog hanging out in someones front yard, and as we passed he decided to come greet us. he was such a
cutie and we had fun petting and playing with him since we miss Evie so much. But, as we started walking further down the road he decided to accompany us in our journey. I kept hoping he would go back to his house though because he kept going in the street and it was scaring the hell outta me to watch him trudge along, almost getting hit by cars. Finally at the end of our walk, as we were entering the town, a European lady pulled up next to us, got out, picked him up, and never said a word to us. It was strange but we were so happy to know he would be safe, that we continued on our merry way. Once in town Myles really wanted to go to a place that was recommended on one of the blogs that we read online, but upon further inspection we both realized it was an aisian food place, and im not big on asian food. So, we decided to try another place along the main street that was called El Dorado. After we got a good look at the menu and found out the happy hour specials Myles ordered
pollo cosadads (rice and beans) with a screw driver (or as the waitress called it "vodka with oranges") and i got pollo nachos with a rum and coke. The food was incredible. We kept reading that the food in Costa Rica was good, but im still blown away. Myles' food was all served in separate portions of rice, homemade re fried beans, salad, chicken, and fresh veggies. Mine was served all separately as well. Chips in a pile in the middle, with guacamole (they LOVE avocados here), salsa, and chicken with cheese on top in a salty red sauce, around the chips' edge. The food was great and the drinks were strong. By the time we walked home we were both a little buzzed and happy. The walk home was good, but a little scary because it was dark. No need to worry though, there were so many people out on the streets it was really no big deal. Next time we are for sure bringing the flashlight in case it gets dark before we get back again.
When we got home we decided to lay in the hammocks and read some. So that is what we have been
doing. At one point during relaxing we heard a loud slap noise from inside the house. I sent Myles to investigate. It turns out this huge frog had some how gotten into our bathroom and had been throwing itself at the window trying to escape. We know some of the frogs out here are poisonous so Myles put a towel around his hand and herded the frog to the open front door. Since this ordeal about 2 hours ago, the frog has been hanging out on the porch with us. On the porch we have also seen millipedes, geckos, fireflies, and crabs. Its been an adventurous day, and im glad we have enjoyed it so much more then yesterday. I feel like every day here will be better then the last. Pura Vida! good night guys. (im saying good night and its only 8:39, so weird.)
p.s. There is this weird noise that we keep hearing from the roof of the house and we can not figure out what kind of animal or insect it is. We can't see up there so we can't figure it out. I hope we solve this mystery soon, or Myles might be driven
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