November 10th, 2008 – by: kelleb
First meal in Costa Rica :) Pollo casado complete w/ a margarita!
"There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. One has to go abroad in order to find the home one has lost." --Franz Kafka
After dreaming of traveling to Costa Rica for a couple years, it was finally coming true. My parents brought me to the O'Hare airport early Monday morning to catch my 5:00 am flight into San Jose. I had been wanting to do this for so long and I was so excited to finally be doing it. I felt ready. Not only was it my first time really backpacking but it was my first time outside of the U.S. as well. I always am eager to see who I'll sit next to on a plane while flying alone. I arrived in Atlanta and got on board for the flight to San Jose.
I ended up sitting next to a real nice guy from Peru on his way to backpack throughout Costa Rica and Panama. We chatted on the plane and he was very nice. Flying into Costa Rica was amazing. I couldn't believe all of the mountains and greenery as we were getting lower and lower. I was so excited and my heart was racing. Once we landed, I was supposed to call a guy I met who owns a hostel who offers airport pickups for $10. To me this was definitely worth it, since my Spanish is not excellente and was worried about getting there and having no clue what to do. Of course my phone card didn't work so my planemate talked to a guy who let me use his phone. Stephan picked me up and he was great. He's a guy from Germany who owned a hostel in Mexico and didn't like it there so just started a hostel in Alajuela. I got to the hostel and was happy to instantly meet a few other travelers in similar life situations as me, traveling alone and looking for a similar soul searching adventure as I was. I knew right away it was going to be a great trip!
Alajuela Hotels & Accommodations review
Alajula Campgroud was great. I stayed there when I first arrived in Costa Rica and ended up staying longer than expected. Its ran by a nice German g… read entire review