Adventures in Costa Rica - Provincia de Guanacaste - Playa Sámara
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¡¡Costa Rica!! ¡¡Pura Vida!!
We reached Costa Rican territory early in the day, and lucky for us that we did because crossing the border was a huge fiasco. I’m now realizing how important and how fortunate we are, that at least one of us speaks Spanish.
We saw and heard all sorts of things at the border, that it left me a bit concerned for when we’ll be in a land where we don't speak the language! We’ll have to work something out somehow.
Anyway, we saw a bunch of people who seemed to be in a complete state of confusion, due to the language barrier, and who were unfortunately the victims of circumstance.
All about, the locals in both Nicaragua and Costa Rica were taking advantage of tourists’ situations to earn a few extra bucks.
Once in Costa Rica, it was crazy to see how drastic the change was! We went from a dirt poor country to a far-more developed one, just like that.
We noticed it right away, just by taking a look at the infrastructure all around. The houses here are actual houses, not just shacks, with scrap metal and plastic bags.
Another thing I found interesting was the sudden change in accents! Don’t feel so bad about not being able to properly pronounce my "R’s" because here it’s almost like hearing Anglophones speak Spanish. Well, not so bad! Sorry!
In any case, it’s great to be in a new country, able to discover and explore new lands.
In addition to noticing the differences in infrastructure, we were surprised by the hike in price of everything. No wonder there’s such a huge difference between Nicaragua and Costa Rica! It was like a slap in the face when we found out how expensive everything was!
First stop in our adventure here, the Guanacaste region, one of the country’s most beautiful regions. And even got a geography lesson outta the visit!! Apparently this region used to be part of Nicaragua, but somehow got annexed by Costa Rica.
But the funny thing is that now the people here don’t even want to acknowledge that, and just identify themselves as Guanacastecos. Unfortunately, due to this territorial matter, there’s lots of tension between Nicas and Ticas.
Getting around here has been incredibly easy! Hitching a ride was like a piece of cake. We got to Sámara early enough to find accommodation and all that good stuff, so great.
Had the time to relax on the beach a bit, take in the beautiful view, and even squeeze in some surfing! Not me, of course! Arnaud decided to get his first surfing lesson here, and so now that he’s got the basics down, he’s calling himself a surfer! So off we go!
Voici la plage dont je me rappellerais toute ma vie. Samara est l’endroit idéal pour apprendre le surf, et voilà, ça c’est fait. Je dois dire merci à Will, c’est lui qui m’a appris, donc respect pour lui. Il est aussi celui qui m’a fait économiser 40$, j’ai juste du payer la location du surf.
Sinon Samara, belle plage tranquille, petite ville perdue dans la pampa, beaucoup de touristes, et de bonnes pizzas. Une bonne ville au Costa Rica !