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Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
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<Hotel Belmar
Days Hotel San Jose

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Monday, February 28, 2011

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One day, three countries
We took the shuttle van from Crooked Tree Reserve to the airport stopping along the
way for our driver to show us a Jabiru Stork on it's nest. It is the largest flying bird in
the Western Hemisphere with a wingspan of over 8 feet. Some argue that it might be
the largest bird in the world. He also told us about the cashew crops which are the main
source of revenue for this region of Belize and about the variety of mangoes. They
export the biggest and best looking ones to us and keep the smaller better tasting ones
for themselves. And I suspect that the same might be true for much of their fruits. We
have not bought a bad orange in all of out travels; but not one of them "looked" as good
as the ones in the US.
Anyway we got to the airport in Belize City which is not only the tiniest;but also the
only one without anywhere to buy a meal. We ate Pringles and energy bars and played
dice until time for our flight and we were off to El Salvador. We were only in that country
for an hour; but the views of the volcanic mountains on the way in were spectacular with
the sun creating a fiery backdrop as it dropped out of sight. No active volcanoes
unfortunately; but the sun made up for it. Once airborne again, it was dark and we
landed in San Jose without incident and took a taxi to the hotel I had booked through
Hotwire...three and a half stars for $67 and I had no idea where it was or what it would
be like. There were uniformed bellman at the door to our tower of glass and our room
would have swallowed up whole resorts in Mexico and Guatemala with two big beds, a
desk, a couch, a 42" TV, free Internet and even free international calls.
Soon after breakfast on this Sunday morning, we began to here cheering crowds
and music through our windows. When we went to explore, we found that the street
was closed off and a fitness fair was in progress with 3 stages set up in the streets.
Three hours and two Zumba classes later we were hot and a bit tired since we haven't
really been getting any real exercise for two months now and so we left that scene and
followed the crowds to the big Metropolitan Parque a couple of blocks away. There the
scout troops were celebrating International Scout Sunday; but that wasn't all. Amongst
the towering Eucalyptus trees, there was a rollerskating oval, a running track, a small
lake showing off the skills of wake boarders and a jet ski demonstration and every
venue was packed with participants and on-lookers. In a grassy field, a big stage was
set up for a musical concert by Serrat, a Latin American star. I just couldn't believe our
luck. Had we picked any other hotel we would have missed all of this. Tomorrow we
will rent our first car and head north to see the world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest
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