The trip down to Costa Rica was long, tedious. Have you heard about the roads? Some of them are like washboards, but if you ever driver here, don’t expect road signs except right where you have to turn. We only got lost twice going from the airport to the hotel we were staying in just one night in San Jose. Lost twice, we had to stop and back up about ten times looking for the black gate with the red stripes or the zoo or the school gateposts, which is the address for anything outside the city limits of San Jose.
Our motto is: “It’s an adventure,” and then we don’t mad or irritated or frustrated with each other, we just keep going until we can figure out what to do next. This is mostly how I live my life too anymore, ,which works.
If you ever need a hotel to spend the night in in San Jose, do Margarita B&B Inn. The hospitality there is amazing. We got in at night, so had no idea what the place was like. We went to sleep with insect and bird sounds through the windows and woke up to lush tropics all around with a beautiful hillside view.
So GPS? Note to self, make sure to get a Central American map update before you go. I have the European map option and thought it was a world option. If you don’t have the map, the GPS puts you over somewhere else, about 20 miles from where you really are. We could have rented a GPS that worked for $3 a day. Car rental insurance? I think I have enough insurance through American Express, the extra insurance I bought when I rented it through Orbitz and the policies they sold me when I picked up the car that I could replace a fleet at any medium sized corporation. Try and sort this all out for yourself before you get here. Even then, with enough car rental insurance to make State Farm smile for a decade, they make sure you put down a several hundred dollar deposit on the car.
Now that I’ve driven in Costa Rica, I think it’s not excessive in the least.
I’ve visited a lot of tropical places – Caribbean, Hawaii, Florida, Mexico – and while I enjoy visiting, it has never once caused the thought to cross my mind that I wanted to live there. When I woke up in Costa Rica, I decided this is the one tropical place on the face of the earth that I could live. Now I just need to figure out how to make a ridiculous amount of money so I can do that in a place overlooking the ocean.
Kilian Pure Oud. I brought my teeny vial with me, which is always in my purse. Today turned out cloudy and rainy up in Arenal, which is it 70% of the time. We are hoping for sun tomorrow so we can see the volcano, or even for it to clear off some tonight so we can see the red glow.
Hey, I did manage to get in one perfume thing.