Wow! What a beautiful country!
It was an amazing place to be, but I'm sure glad to be home.
Our family doesn't take the "usual" touristy Costa Rican beach vacation.
We had the kids with us, so it was all about adventure & monkeys.
We are incredibly lucky to have great family living in Costa Rica, in the major cities. We stayed with my mother-in-law & father-in-law and my dear brother-in-law was our tour guide.
As with most vacations, travel day is lost. Especially after a 5 hour flight with 2 children.
All I really want after any flight is a shower & a cold cocktail. I was truly shot! Oh...let me mention something about a shower in Costa Rica - at least inside homes. No hot water........Tropical rain forest, remember??
|Much like this.|
I'll go through each day separately, as each day holds it's own hilarity through the "non-tourist" tourist's point of view.
As I said, we opted for the "adventure trip" of volcanoes, monkeys & rain forest. I wanted to do the zip line, but the small children put a damper on that.
I'm going to talk about a whole different Costa Rican adventure. One that left me amazed and frightened at the same time....
Driving in Costa Rica.
Stop signs?? A mere suggestion. They mostly blow right on through and at an extremely high rate of speed!
The roads are not well marked. I don't think I even saw a street sign anywhere, so you'd better know where the heck you're going. The two way, main roads are the width of a one way street, there ditches on the sides for drainage & people are always walking on the streets. It's craziness!
|Actual street in Alajuela|
Oh, and probably don't walk either. The locals are very used to walking and don't even flinch when a car breezes by them at a high rate of speed.
I, on the other hand, totally freaked out when a car, who's way I was clearly in, breezed by my butt at 70 mph on the tiny little side street.
|Who you callin' COW?|
Yes, there are random cows tide up on the side of the road. Not just cows, but goats too & there are wild dogs EVERYWHERE.
In all seriousness, if you haven't been & it's within your means, you must see Costa Rica before you die. It's an amazing and wonderful country. Between the coffee (mmm, coffee) and the volcanoes and the mountains and the rain forest & free roaming monkeys - it's an experience you'll never have again.
|Crater lake at Volcan Poas.|
I have so much to say, but for now - what did we learn class??
Do NOT drive in Costa Rica!
That's right class. You'll thank me later.
As always, thank you for reading my blog.
I wish you a day of wonder & surprise.