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After a short night resting, we get up at 07:00 AM. We both are a bit nervous, cause of the long flight and because weâ€™re traveling to a continent, weâ€™ve never visited before. My parents in law (Maurits and Betty) pick us up at our place at 07:45. Betty will take our dog Cartouche with her: Be good, little one! A quick goodbye and Maurits takes us to Mechelen-station. There we picked up last Saturday the tickets in exchange for the vouchers we received from our touring operator and now we can leave with the 09:11 train to Schiphol, The Netherlands. Weâ€™re passing by Berchem, Roosendaal, Rotterdam en then it is the stop from Schiphol Airport itself. We get out of the train and go one floor up. Then another floor up and weâ€™re at the level of departures. We immediately see our flight is already 1 hour late for departure. No problem, it is only 1 hour, no panic. We go to the check-in counter and give away our bag packs. We eat at Burger King, cause weâ€™re a bit hungry already. We walk around at the airport, go out and buy some small cigars and go outside the airport building to smoke one. Our vacation has started. We pass customs without any problems and stroll to gate G8. At the end of the hallway, there are 6 relax seats with a perfect view on the departing airplanes. A few of them are really big ones, like the one from Singapore Airlines. A magnificent view. The planes pass at about 20 meters in front of us. Taking the 1 hour announced delay into account, we board on time, at 15:00. Our seats are completely at the end of the plane; 40 G and H. The seats are placed in several rows: 2 â€“ 4 â€“ 2 (window, center, window), a large Boeing 767. Here we are for the next 10 hours. We first fly to Orlando and we first go to the north of the US and only then we start going south to Orlando, Florida. Those 10 hours are in the end not that bad. We get to see some series (Friends, Mr. Bean, â€¦) and we get 3 times something to eat, so time passes by pretty quickly. We drink a lot, because our doctor told us to. It really is necessary during a long flight like this. We read a bit, make sure we move from time to time and arrive at Orlando International Airport at 19:30 (it is 01:30 in Belgium). We need to queue for a while to have all formalities done (left index, right index, picture taken), then they check our hand luggage and we move on to the next plane at gate 23. Now weâ€™re ready for another flight, this time it is going to take only 3 hours: nothing, when you compare it too the 10 we just had. This is less fun, because there is less legroom, but anyway. After 2 hours and 50 minutes we arrive at San JosÃ©â€™s Juan Santamaria International Airport. Local time is 23:30 (06:30 in Belgium) there is another hour of difference between Orlando and Costa Rica. Luggage arrives really fast. Eef is only away for 2 minutes and Timo already has the 2 bag packs. The last luggage and passport controls are performed and we go outside for the transfer to Hotel Palma Real with Ara Tours. Everything is scheduled perfectly, especially for a southern country. We get a private transfer to the hotel, with a lot of explanation in German. Finally we arrive at the hotel at 00:45, receive the key to room 212, walk around the neighborhood for half an hour and go to sleep, tired, exhausted. Check if the mobile works and notify our parents, that all is OK here.