When planning this trip we knew December would be busy (see earlier posts ;)) so we purposely designed our first week in a place that would allow time to relax and where we could get our travel legs under us. We also wanted a place allowing the kids an opportunity to see that not everywhere is the same as home. Thus, our first stop - Nosara, Costa Rica.
After travelling from Houston, we arrived in Liberia, grabbed our luggage and a shuttle without any problem. We took a beautifully paved road to the car rental office where we proceeded to wait an hour and a half for our car, which was being cleaned a few metres away. Lesson #1 for the girls - waiting will be a part of life on this trip. I think this lesson will take some time. Feel free to imagine the quality and quantity of eye rolling here...
When we finally did get the car we proceeded to drive to Nosara, on the Pacific Coast. We had been told this drive would be about 2 - 3 hours. Easy right? Well we started out just fine with the radio tuned to a great Latin American station, warm air coming through the windows, paved road ahead. Then we hit the town where we needed to turn off onto a different road. Suffice it to say that after going down a one way road the wrong way, touring the town many times and still not seeing any signs for the turn off and asking multiple locals how to get to the road in our VERY broken Spanish, we headed out. (If ever you find yourself in Nicoya, just keep gong straight - don't bother looking for the turn off.) We had heard about the roads in Costa Rica but weren't quite prepared for the conditions. Needless to say, after four hours in the car we arrived at our destination.
Our place is beautiful, looking out onto palm trees with fabulously coloured birds. The girls are especially excited about the hammock on our deck! This is a great spot to watch the geckos. Each night we head out to the beach to watch the sunset and just as the sun is about to set the symphony of insects begin their song for the night.
Yet, we are still in a developing country and things are different here. We have experienced a few rolling power outages, water shortages for a day or two and have gone to the grocery store for produce and finding that what was available two days before, is not there. All sorts of small creatures have joined us in our condo despite our best efforts to keep them out. The first ant was killed upon request, but the girls now quickly have figured out it's futile and best to keep anything you don't want bugs in - closed.
Yes- this was a perfect start to our trip. We wouldn't change a thing.
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