Costa Rica Days 12 / 13 A thorn in my heel.
The last two days have been about shopping, my favorite (not) but it is a necessary evil. It seems every time we talk to the kids they ask ” have you got me anything yet? What is it? Oh yeah, we uhhh miss you.” And that is why we always travel with two extra bags packed in our suitcases. In order to do this we had to go to the touristy areas, Tamarindo and Playa Del Coco. I believe I have blogged on both of these in the past. They are both very Americanized, which, for our purposes is just what el doctoro ordered. So shop we did.
Have you ever noticed that 90% of the stuff in each of the half a million shops is the same? Same trinkets, same t-shirts, same hats, same key chains, and one unique object, usually made in China. Well if you haven’t, I have you covered, just trust me on this one. In the last two days we must have hit about fifty stores, and they all met the criteria above.
Playa Del Coco is one of the most established tourist areas in Guanacaste, and it shows. It looks like a typical Popular small beach in the U.S. with lots of small souvenir shops and restaurants. Not as many high-rise hotels however. The beach is dirty and crowded, but it is a good place to shop and find American style stores and shops. If you veer of to the left about 6 kilometers, you end up in Ocatal which is where many of the local ex patriots live. Less commercialized, great houses, secluded but close enough to all the “stuff”.
Tamarindo is a newer but fastly growing tourist area. The beach is very very long and surf friendly, I actually prefer it to Coco. However, there is a lot of people trying to sell you stuff, walking the beaches and streets, and just like the shops, 90% of the “stuff” is the same as the stuff the guy tried to sell you 3 minutes prior to the guy trying to currently sell you stuff. We had a parade of about 50 of them go buy us trying to sell us the same stuff while we attempted to watch a peaceful gorgeous sunset. Both places great to visit, but probably not the best for living.
The highlights of the last couple of days; The monos came down to see us in Playa Del Coco, they hung out right above the shop we were in. The sunset in Tamarindo, it was spectacular with the sailboats and the cloud cover. Some pretty good deals on some neat things in some of the shops. Some of the food was pretty good, and when it is all said and done, it is all about the food is it not?
The low-points, that cold snap affecting America, we feel it. I mean in the morning when we go for our jog, it is like only 75 degrees, with highs near 90, much cooler than in the past. But we will suffer with the rest of America. The thorn in my heel; while walking the beach in Ocatal, I took about four steps and screeched like a howler monkey. I felt a sheer pain in my right heel and I did not know what it was… a spider, scorpion, snake.. something reached out and bit me hard, right through my flip flops. I told Tra, and she said it was still there. It was none of the above, it was a branch with a 2 inch thorn that I had steeped on just right. It went right through the sole of my shoe and pierced my heel and drew blood. It was quite the experience.
Tomorrow is Tracy’s birthday!!! We are going boating, so we will see you with some new pics and stories tomorrow night.