And now off to the other ocean and Manuel Antonio

Trip Start Nov 05, 2005
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Friday, December 2, 2005

Off on another weekend getaway to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. I'm a little hurting today because I met a īfriend of a friendī who now lives here and we drank a few beers (had to make up for some lost time) and ate a ton of smuggled beef from the US. Not sure how you get what seemed like half a cow through Customs, but it sure was tasty! Also went to a bar called "The Pub", owned by a Winnipeg guy.... go figure! And if that's not crazy enough, Bruce (friend of friend) is also from Winnipeg. So the īpeggers had a few beers. Was a fun night with expats from Canada and US.

Had trouble thinking in English today so Spanish was a big stretch! Had to pop some Gravol (reason is moreso from above) for the bus trip through the mountains, which is the windiest road ever with many switchback curves for the first 90 minutes and then another couple of hours or so. Almost all of the bridges are mainly "one guy at a time". Thatīs not so bad, but there were probably some "not so safe to cross" signs that people knocked over because some of these bridges, I wouldnīt trust walking across, never mind driving a van or bus across. But we made it to the beach safely.

I was a bit tired when we arrived, so I just sat at the bar, ordered a hamburger and attempted some Spanish with the bartender.

There was a cockroach in my bathroom... nice. Here, it doesnīt really matter if your hotel is $100 a night or a hostel for $10 a night. The cockroaches donīt care how much youīre paying for your room!! No prejudice from those little or sometimes not-so-little critters.

Manuel Antonio (http://www.manuelantoniopark.com) is a great national park right on the Pacific. Itīs still the rainy season for a few more weeks and it rained alot on Saturday. But it was still so hot! I walked through the actual park for a bit until the rain was so hard, I had to find cover. (no jacket or umbrella -- everyone told me it was hot and dry there... haha!) So where better to take shelter than a little bar facing the ocean! There I met a great gal from the U.K. and we hung out for the rest of the trip. I talked her into staying an extra day so we could both go on the catamaran, sunset sail. But because of the weather, it was cancelled at the last minute. Oh well, the bars are open.

Itīs a nice little beach community with a few little shops and vendors and of course, I had to support the economy there too. Note to self: next purchase must be a suitcase! There alot of tourists in this area and the locals are very friendly and patient as you fumble through your Spanish. Went for a little kayak on the ocean in the afternoon which was a blast and some good exercise too! The beach is pretty nice on the park side but I was disappointed that I didnīt even see one monkey. I heard the Howlers in the morning, but didnīt see any. I think the monkeys donīt like rain either!

Because of the weather, I extended my stay to Monday with hopes that I would get on the catamaran on Sunday for the sunset cruise. Cancelled again at the last minute but not sure why because the weather is perfect!!! Uurrrgghhh. So enjoyed the beach all afternoon and made some new Tico friends. Not a bad way to spend the weekend! Pura Vida!
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