The First Week in San Jose
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May 16th, 2008 – by: tvirgil1
-Arrival 16 May 2008
Ok, so I arrived to San Jose on May 16th at about 11am. I spent the previous 3 days packing after a short trip to Guatemala (which btw was incredible...definitely got my summer off to a good start!). So after all of the packing and getting stuff ready, I was finally in Costa Rica and anxious to do some exploring and figure everything out.
Getting to the apt. was relatively easy. We are living in Alajuela, about 10km from the airport and I don't know if anyone knows this (I certainly did not), but in Costa Rica, there are no road signs or addresses. Everything is based off of landmarks and distances...sometimes of landmarks that no longer exist. For example, when I hopped in a taxi at the airport, this was how I gave the taxi driver my address, " 200 metros norte y 200 metros oeste de los tribunales." In all honesty, these are the most confusing roads I have ever seen and I have no idea how the taxis know where they are going.
-The commute 19 may 2008
So as I said earlier, my apartment is pretty nice. However, I quickly realized that the location is far from ideal. The problem is this: the apt. is in Alajuela, about 15 miles max from Tibás, where I am working.
-The first trip 23, 24, 25 mayo 2008
After an arduous first week on the job and some crazy daily commutes, the time had finally arrived for me to really experience Costa Rica.
The next day, we woke up at about 730am to go rent some boards and hit up the beach; we didn’t even stop for breakfast. We rented our boards from WOW Surf…or something like that and it turned out to be a pretty good deal.
The next morning, we attempted to wake up at 830am to do some more surfing but that effort failed miserably. 1000am was a much more reasonable time considering we didn’t go to sleep until around 4ish. After struggling to get up and check out, we made a quick stop and WOW surf and rented some more boards; this time we chose shorter ones because we thought we were getting better. With our boards now in hand, we made a “quick” pit stop for breakfast. I say “quick” because quick in Costa Rican terms translates to about an hour. We finally got in the water around 1200pm, just in time for the wind to start picking up… Needless to say, the ocean was a little rougher. The waves were choppy and overall, not that good for riding. We made the best of our situation and surfed for about 2-3 hrs before calling it quits. After we finished, we chilled on the beach for awhile with Karla, whom I forgot to mention we picked up previously…right after breakfast. It turns out Karla is a pretty cool girl and she suggested that we go to this beach\bar\restaurant and grab some food before we hit the road. The restaurant bar thingy was right on the beach and it was a pretty neat place. We hung out there for awhile snacking on some ceviche con camarones and taking in the view. The view; however, turned ugly quick when the wind and rain came right around 5pm. At this point, we decided to hit the road and start the trip back to Alajuela. The drive back was nothing too eventful besides more dark mountainous roads and some fierce rain. We arrived to Condominios Maná at about 8pm, had a quick bite to eat, and passed out.
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