Tag Archives: Costa Rica

What to Do When You Miss the Bus


How did it happen? I arrived at the bus stop 15 minutes early. It´s a small town, and it´s impossible not to see a bus go by. Perhaps I mistook a word when told the schedule. Perhaps I will practice … Continue reading

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It’s A Shore Thing


Ice cream is a crime of opportunity for me.  I don’t think about it often, but if it slinks around in creamy sweetness, I can’t resist. Since Soda El Crucero kicked me out before I could indulge (silly me for … Continue reading

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Jersey Shore, Costa Rican Style


A Puntarenas taxi angel appeared to me to direct me to a good hostel near the bus station, which I need at 7:30 am to get to Monteverde in the morning. He gave the instructions in Spanish, which I actually … Continue reading

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The Siren Call of Plans, the Reality of Maybe


Deep in my heart, I know, from experience, that planning is futile. You can have a general idea, but grip too tightly and the pressure turns that which is lively and light into a cold, hard, useless thing. Yet part … Continue reading

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Oopsie


Remember my impromptu stream crossing after leaving Manuel Antonio National Park surreptitiously by the back gate last week, shunning offers of a ferry ride? Turns out that dusk is a particularly good time to meet a hungry crocodile at the … Continue reading

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Viva, Las Vegas!


One of the entries to the magical land of the Osa Pennisula is Las Vegas. It is on the crocodillo-rich Rio Sierpe. The town of this gateway, Sierpe, consists of a pharmacy, a little market, and a few adventura vendors. … Continue reading

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Tortilla Flats


$30 for a private room. 10 feet x 12 feet, enough to salsa in the middle if the mood strikes. A huge window overlooking the beach. A fan to catch the salty breezes and send them directly to my nose. … Continue reading

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Always Room for One More…


…Or, Travel Globally, Sweat Locally I must have passed introductory sweating and graduated to intermediate. The bus from Quepos to Dominical takes about and hour and a half. It left at 11:30, the beginning of the hottest hours. The bus … Continue reading

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Learning to Sweat


One of my goals for this trip is to learn to accept the heat. When the temperature rises it takes me extra effort to do things, whether it´s using white-knuckle willpower to get out in the midst of the day, … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


The money here is crazy. One colon is worth 1/5 of one cent. 10,000 colones is $20. It takes relatively little to be a millionaire. So far I’ve been able to keep accommodations to $15 per night. The dorm room … Continue reading

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