Stories from Costa Rica

One of the many beautiful sunsets that we saw in Costa Rica

One of the many beautiful sunsets that we saw in Costa Rica

Trip to Costa Rica was something that I have wanted to do for a while now. I have heard so much of the nature in the country and how many things there is to see and do and that this is the first country in the world that has abandoned its army. For me it was simply one of the “must see/be” destinations (and now I am happy that I have been there). Here are the stories from the trip (later on will share the practical tips and tricks for those who want to make their own trip to Costa Rica).

First story

After a 20h trip in small airplanes, we finally arrived to San Jose. I am so prepared to have that tropical breathe when you step out of the airport. But that is not at all what we get – San Jose is a place where temperature is a bit lower than the rest of the country. At least that was our experience – we had to put our sweaters back on as quickly as we have taken them off. At least for the first couple of days.

First tip for the travelers: before you book your long hour flights to the holiday destination, you might want to know how big your plane is. Here is a website that lets you check out the configuration.

We have downloaded open source maps for our GPS and it perfectly leads us to our first hostel (which we are grateful about, because as we find out later San Jose is one crazy maze of streets with even crazier traffic). All we need to do for the first nigh, is to fall asleep.

Our first of many delicious breakfasts was made here: in Costa Rica Backpackers.

Our first of many delicious breakfasts was made here: in Costa Rica Backpackers.

First day in Costa Rica

Next morning we wake up really early (they tend not to have dark curtains in the hotels and traffic is really loud in San Jose. By really loud I mean – you wake up at 5.30 because of the traffic), understand where we are and go for a breakfast to the hostel across the street. Pancakes for Ben and grilled chicken sandwich for me. Made with love; we even licked our fingers after the meal. After that all we needed to do, was to hang out in the hammocks that were all over garden. Now tell me, is there a better way to start your trip? 🙂

After a delicious breakfast you need to chill in the hammocks. That is a rule!!!

After a delicious breakfast you need to chill in the hammocks. That is a rule!!!

Sidenote: One of our first observation when looking at the menu: they like the Belgian beers in this country. Somehow Duvel, Stella Artois and Leffe was on every menu that we saw later on.

Activities of the day

Our plan of today is to go shopping. We have made it a small ritual that in every country that we travel to, we check their shopping scene. This time we actually need some things for the trip, so we head off to the biggest shopping mall that we looked up online Multiplaza. After being in San Jose traffic for 5 minutes, we have our first and thankfully last experience with car accidents: just in front of us a motorbike was trying to pass crossing on a red light and drove into a police car (irony, irony). Then there was a guy who rushed over to help and he was hit by a car. We managed to grasp a bit of all the hassle afterwards on the video.

After standing a bit in a traffic jam, we are redirected away from the accident and continue our direction to the shopping mall. We discover that some roads in Costa Rica are toll roads, but it costs almost nothing if you compare it to France, for example: on average we had to pay around 60 eurocents.

beautiful Lavazza cafe in Multiplaza mall in San Jose

beautiful Lavazza cafe in Multiplaza mall in San Jose

When we arrive to the shopping mall, it is full till the last place. We later on don’t understand why because shopping in Costa Rica for us was too expensive. As they have to import everything, all the European brands were ~30% more expensive than back home… And also the American brands… Everything had a price that we were not willing to pay, so our experience in the shopping scene of Costa Rica was that we had a nice lunch in the beautiful Lavazza cafe and Ben had his hair cut for 7 EUR.

All we hope for that our future adventure will more feel like… adventures 🙂

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