Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 1 - Monday

We got to Costa Rica and through immigrations and customs with no issues and got our car pretty quickly. We have a little suzuki jimny, which is great since some of the roads aren't the best around here, especially out towards the parks and all.  The main issue we had was trying to find our hotel after we stopped by the store, since street signs are not popular in Costa Rica.  There are signs that say things like "San Jose" with an arrow, but none of the streets have any kind of sign telling you the name, and most of the people who live here don't even know the names.  So the directions to our hotel saying "turn on the J. Orlich Bridge exit" seemed good, until we realized we have no idea what exit that is.

Fortunately we did eventually get my GPS working in Costa Rica and were able to use that to tell us when to turn along with the maps we brought.  Yesterday we went up this really long, steep, winding road towards Volcan Poas, but when we got to the top it was too cloudy to actually see the volcano, so we decided not to pay to go into the national park.  We did stop at a really good restaurant on the way up, and it cost less than $10 for Chris and I to both get pretty big meals.  We also checked out the grocery store that afternoon and got some water and food, and I tried star fruit for the first time, it's pretty good.

We've semi planned out a loop to see more of the country over the next days that we're here.  We plan to stop in La Fortuna next, near another volcano that still have active lava flows and shoots out clouds of ash.  Whenever we have internet we'll try to update this site so you guys can see what we're doing!  

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