The Real Costa Rica
Well we are here, a little over a full 24 hours and this is what we have learned so far.
1. There is a lot of poverty here, at least there was during the drive from the airport to Flamingo.
2. It is very beautiful around here, especially here in Playa Flamingo.
3. It is hot and it has been windy (Thank you Lord) the whole time we have been here.
4. There are iguanas and monkeys around here, and we have seen both. We have not seen the snakes or jaugars or other creatures yet.
5. There are a lot of ants around here, a lot! And I hate ants, so they are dying as fast as I can find them, but they keep coming back.
6. I still get very sunburned very quickly, and Tracy does a little and she likes it, I don’t.
7. Finally, driving here is very very interesting; and adventure in and of itself. Apparently, double yellow lines mean the opposite of what they do in America, you MUST pass! No matter if you are a 30 foot bus or motorcycle on a blind of corner, that is a good time to pass. Further, the roads are “hangouts” for the locals. Not the side of the road, but right on the road. See a friend, stop in the middle of the road and start chatting. No one cares, no one honks, they just drive right by. Oh and the speed limit is in kilometers, but again, I think whatever the posted speed limit is, you are suppose to triple that. So if the speed limit is 60 kilometers, which is common, then you should drive around 180 kilometers, and the skinnier and more packed the road is with people, the faster you should drive, especially if you are in a giant bus.
Yes we are having a great time, driving keeps me on my toes, but everything else is very relaxing. Most of the people have been very friendlly and we had an awesome meal tonight at El Coconut in Tamarindo. We can hear the waves on the beach from our house, and it takes about 5 minutes walking to get to the beach from our house. We brought home with us four cantelopes for $2.00, and I could have got them for cheaper, but it was about a 12 year old kid selling em, so I gave him full price. It has been a culture shock for sure, but with every hour that passes, we like it more and more, except for my head burning. We will keep you updated.
Now onto some pics of our journey so far.