The 'Me' Trip
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Having flown for free my whole life under my dad (who worked for Continental), the concept of paying for a plane ticket I'd yet to grasp. So as my 26th b-day was approaching, the day in which my free wings would be clipped, I knew I had to make one last run...but to where? I felt like all my friends had been to CR and had wonderful things to say about it, so in order to validate my worldyness, I had to go. My planning and preparation wasn't perfect, and I wanted someone to go with, but it wasn't in the cards, and it turned out, that was meant to be. So off to Costa Rica I went... by myself.
After much drama, I landed around 1am. Found my way to the hostel which I prebooked on the net, Costa Rica Backpackers, for $9/ night!! I didn't want to waste any time so I booked myself a day trip to San Lorenzo to go zip cording the next day.
When we returned late that night I ran into a girl that was on my flight. Ellie from Canada. I told her about my plans to visit Arenal the next day and she decided to book a day trip with me. That day was one of the most exhillerating days of my life. Aside from watching Arenal erupt right before my eyes, we also visited the hot springs, which were shamefully my favorite part.
The next morning we parted ways...Eli off to work on WOOF (World Org. of Organic Farmers), and me to finish doing me, yoga and beach time on the east coast in a little town called Puerto Viejo. I boraded a bus that I figured would be about $30 since it was a 4 hour ride, I get to the bus station to find out its about $9 one way San Jose to Puerto Viejo! The road was long and windy and we stopped halfway to get snacks etc. I saw a girl who reminded herself of me...in that I mean she looked as if she could be Cape Verdean. We wound up in the restroom and I could hear her speaking portugese I said 'Ah Falas Portugese'!!! She was so excited. I learned she was Angolan but close enough.
trip ended on a rainy day back at Costa Rica backpackers where the
thunder and lightening were so bad it knocked our power out. Me being
scared of the dark, this did not make for a fun last day. So I hailed a
ride into the city and meet dad's friend who'd retired in CR for
dinner. We laughed and he told stories about me when I was little. I
used an internet cafe and once the rain stopped I hoped the power was
back on and went home. The next morning I was back in line at
Continental flying back the hustle and bustle of adult life, though I
was refreshed renewed and really excited to tell everyone about my