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Published: January 2nd 2017
Across the pool is the restaurant/bar. This is also where complimentary breakfast is served.
ON MY OWN IN SAN JOSE
I had a reservation at KC Hotel in San Jose. The name turned out to be problematic. The driver had never heard of it. It was dark. I was tired. He drove around in circles. Finally he stopped and asked a friend, and when we got to the hotel he charged me double because he had a hard time finding it. Still, I was so happy with the hotel. It was clean. The beds were comfortable. And I could finally stretch out and rest. The room was big and I did not have to worry about getting in someone else’s way.
I went down to the restaurant, which is in the bar, and I ordered dinner. I wasn’t expecting much. After all, it was late, and it was a bar. I had chicken with yummy mashed potato fries, a small salad for a starter, and delicious vegetables. I ordered flan to top it off. I discovered dinners were always good here. I give the chef five stars.
I struggled to get up for breakfast that first morning, but it was worth it. Excellent breakfast and the people could not be
GIANT OX CART
This is a symbol of the people, hard-working and artistic.
nicer. I looked longingly at the pool, but it is ambient temperature and I was just too tired to swim. I sat by the pool for a bit…and forgot my Rubik’s cube. No one could find it. I worked on photos and had Subway for dinner.
I tried to get my teeth cleaned before leaving home but there was a little matter of my clinic needing to renew its contract with my insurance company. So while in Costa Rica I hoped to get my teeth cleaned. I actually got hold of my insurance people and they told me I would have to pay out of pocket, but I decided it would be worth it. There was never anyone at the dental clinic near the hotel. However. I just about gave up.
I took a taxi to the mall a couple of days later and found a Rubik’s cube. On the way back to the hotel I saw another dental clinic near the Subway. I had the taxi driver pull over and drop me off. It was closed and I was disappointed.
When I got back to the hotel I ordered two tours, back to back. One to
Eating his way down the highway.
Tortuguerro National Park and the other to Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs.
Early the next morning I waited for the bus. It was a three and a half hour bus ride. We stopped once, for photos of a giant ox cart and a small church, and breakfast. Thank goodness. I slept on the way. The road wound back and forth and I was glad when we finally got to the volcano. It was a bit disappointing…it was covered in clouds and looked like a plain brown hill; there was no vegetation on it. I took a few uninspired photos. The tour guide talked me into upgrading my ticket to include a bigger hot spring. I am so glad I did. It was amazing.
The springs were man-made dams in a natural river. The higher you went up the path, the hotter the water was. The pools were artfully landscaped, and because there were so many, it was never crowded. I visited with a nice young man from China so I wasn’t all alone. I was in the water for three and a half hours. I looked like a prune, but at least I had an excuse.
Wish the skies were clear.
The dinner that followed was wonderful. So many options, and all of them excellent. There were white table cloths and centerpieces. Waiters brought condiments and beverages. I sat with Nicholas and three of his friends, also from China.
With a full stomach, following a really long day, I slept for much of the return trip. Due to traffic closures I arrived back at my hotel after twelve midnight, and I had another early morning pick-up. There was another bus the next morning to Tortuguero National Park. I was near tears with fatigue and was not sure I could do the excursion. I slept hard, however, and I awoke with energy and enthusiasm.
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