Puerta Viejo: Pika Pikas and Spiny Sea Urchin

Trip Start May 21, 2003
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Trip End Oct 29, 2003


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Hotel Puerto Viejo

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Friday, May 30, 2003

May 30: Phil, Brian and I(Kiley) decide to go back to the beach on Friday....we meet ??, I can't remember her name, but I will refer to her as the tequila lady b/c when we met her on the bus she had a full bottle of tequila that Phil and Brian helped her out with. So, we went to eat at her restaurant and then to Bamboo for Reggae night. We stayed at Hotel Puerta Viejo for about 2,000 colones a night...not bad!

May 31: We wake up, rent bikes and head for the beach with Poppy who we met at breakfast. When Poppy left for work...we decided to go exploring, which is when I was introduced to the spiny sea urchin. I was climbing around and, despite a warning from Brian, stuck my foot in the wrong place. A bit problematic because when stepped on their spines get stuck in your foot, and unlike splinters...you can't just pull them out. They're shaped liked arrows that you literally have to dig out of your foot. I wanted to just leave them in and let my body work them out, so for the next two days everyone had horror stories about surfers who end up with staph infections by not taking them out. So, finally I let a "bush doctor" dig out my sea urchins with this thorn he got from a "special tree". I had my doubts at first, but he actually did an excellent job and then followed the procedure with a lime salt rub to prevent infection and a little fresh aloe...and all he wanted in return was a beer!

June 1: More biking and beaches...we buried Salvy(Hotel Puerta Viejo owner's son) in the sand and I made a sand castle with this little girl that was surprisingly artistic! Today, I got about 30 pika pika's(sp??) all over me, 15 of which were on my face...to explain, they are little red spots caused by some sort of creature in the water. No problem during the day(aside from the obvious cosmetic implications), but at night they burn and cause a chilly fever thing that's not so fun. On the upside, all the surfers told me they only last a few days...so no worries. On to Rockin J's(the best hostel in Puerta Viejo) for dinner...then up to the four story tree house for drinks. I'm not gonna lie...the thought did cross my mind when I was climbing the ladder that it might not be the best idea since I'd had a few beers and was probably going to drink a few when we got to the top...so, the thought of coming down afterwards was kind of daunting...But you only live once, right? We ended up leaving Lena and Phil up there b/c they were in no condition to climb down (this thing has a bed, direct TV, the works). Then, I had my first real panic of the whole trip....I thought my wallet was lost, which would have literally been disaster. Turns out, Brian grabbed it before he went home, but I didn't know that so I thought someone lifted it. Anyway, long story short...big panic for no reason!

June 2: Played at the beach for a while before catching the 4:00 bus home...it's always so sad to leave the beach and go back to San Jose.
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