San Francisco to Houston/Houston to Costa Rica

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Sitting on a plane bound for Costa Rica from Houston, the light outside is slowly dimming, and the cabin considerably darkens faster than what the outside light can supplement. I’ve turned to the overhead light as aid. A considerable amount of sound over-fills the cabin: a toddler crying (actually, shrieking), and the loud, carefree conversations of student athletes, who are occupying half of the seats on this plane. There seems to be a gymnastic/trampoline competition to be held in Costa Rica....I am assuming off course, since I haven’t asked any of the kids, or their chaperones....regardless, what an opportunity for these kids. With this energy trapped in a small space, can you just imagine the noise....and smell? Yes, definitely noisy, chaotic, and the smell of spilled something….
Continental flight from SFO
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I am actually quite sleepy, being on the second leg of this two part plane ride...though my eyes tell me to get some shut eye, my brain and senses are working on overdrive. For one thing, I don’t quite know what to expect of Costa Rica...sure, we have activities that we’ve planned for the week, yet I can’t seem to wrap my head around comparable places to it….Hawaii, maybe? Unfortunately, excitement and a clear head escapes me right now because I am exerting a lot of effort simultaneously tuning out the noise, concentrating on my IPOD music and writing. In this flight, I am definitely learning that discipline is something left to be desired, patience is a virtue, and I should have taken an exchange seating offered to me by one of the chaperones at the beginning of this flight, which is situated 4 rows ahead of where I’m at, away from the pack.
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The flight attendants just announced to fill out the immigration and health information forms.....and the attendants passes me over on the forms handout thinking that I’m either part of the junior high entourage or that I’m not yet an adult!

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Finally……..Costa Rica!

Heading towards baggage claim, you first have to pass through a health inspection greeting. A doctor, outfitted in scrubs, a N95 mask, and a stethoscope; and a nurse outfitted in regular Operating Room mask, separates the tourists from the nationals, and scans the health information form for statements of fever, cough, sweating, etc. My friend stated that he was experiencing nasal congestion on the form, as soon as the nurse read this, she acted with great concern, and asked the doctor for a second opinion.
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
So, the doctor questioned him if he had a fever, to which he answered that he didn’t, so then signed a clearance for him. All this happened in a matter of ten minutes.

As you clear customs, and make your way out of the last airport doors, you are find yourself greeted by friendly, English (or understand) speaking taxi drivers, much to our surprise. I say that only because I was expecting it to be an unorganized scene, more of a free-for-all, to which I stand corrected. The weather is pleasantly cool, not humid at all, at least not yet. We cleared the airport around 9:30p, and the drive into San Jose gave me the impression of a simple and homey city, peppered with colonial structures.
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
This has quite peaked my interest for tomorrow’s self guided exploration of the city. Our drive from the airport to our hotel cost 13000 CRC ($23). The exchange rate here right now is 530 CRC = $1. Our driver, Victor, offered a personal chauffer service in and around Costa Rica, and we gladly took a business card from him, because we might just need his services, especially if it comes in a reasonable price.

Our hotel is situated in Barrio Amon, within what seems to be a quiet residential; Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza feels business like, instead of resort-like. The (double) rooms are clean, comfortable and roomy. And a huge draw for us are the great amenities and services offered, such as free wi-fi and laundry service. As we settled into our room, we felt the pangs of hunger, so where to go at 10:30p? Cafetal de la luz, the hotel’s own open air café/bar, for nachos and beer!

Now, off to bed...buenas noches!
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Houston George Bush International …
Houston George Bush International…
Continental flight from SFO
Continental flight from SFO
Arriving to Houston, Texas
Arriving to Houston, Texas
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza - checkin…
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza - checki…
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza - view fr…
Clarion Hotel Amon Plaza - view f…
View from Cafetal de la Luz outdoo…
View from Cafetal de la Luz outdo…
Cafetal de la Luz - Clarion Hotel …
Cafetal de la Luz - Clarion Hotel…
Midnight snack at Cafetal de la Lu…
Midnight snack at Cafetal de la L…
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