Arrive in San Jose

Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
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Trip End Mar 15, 2005


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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

The flight in was superb - both Brendan and I were too excited to care about what was going on. Unfortunately, we got the departure time wrong (hehe). Needless to say, we got to terminal 3 (a complete nightmare) a little late. Brendan and I were separated on the plane - good thing there were two great girlie movies shown on the plane - Wimbleton and Shall We Dance (poor Brendan). He was seated next to a charming couple. A gentleman who convieniently shared Brendan's love of wacky nature trivia and his wife who was deathly afraid of flying and who grabbed Brendan's leg everytime there was turbulence! Heheh - I enjoyed watching the girlie movies from a very comfy seat near the back of the plane.

The San Jose airport is gorgeous! Really modern and newly constructed. We were rushed through Customs and waited for our luggage next to a girls' soccer team from the USA. The coaches and parent chaperones were fighting while the girls (and our entire plane)watched...at least they were speaking English. Already, Brendan and I were coming to the realization that English is rarely spoken here (Customs and every airport official so far had only spoken a very very quick scary Spanish) - too much for our high school Spanish classes to carry us through.

Having gotten to the airport late, we didn't have the time to get a "last morning Tim Hortons" before we departed :( Needless to say, by this time, we were both cranky and hungry. Brendan didn't really enjoy the mystery egg and salsa "McMuffin" thing we received on the plane :)

We made our way through the airport to the lobby. The lobby was complete chaos : people waving signs and shouting in Spanish, tourists everywhere, cab drivers pulling you here and there. We eventually figured out where to go in order to catch our bus West. We found and American Exchange Student who was studying in Costa Rica for the year. She kindly directed us towards the bus - after warning us that we had a 2 hour bus ride and a 1.5 hour ferry ride to get to where we were staying for the night.

We got on the mini bus with a bunch of cranky Canadians :) We were joined by an 2 elderly couples (both of which were looking a little upset - one couple in particular complained the entire way) There were also 2 families - both having atleast 4 kids (ages 4->15) We were entertained by kids screaming, some arguing over iPODs, some feeling queezy from the crazy driving. We got a "lunch box" with a ham sandwich, orange, banana, cheeze-flavoured chips, and a COKE!!!! That was enough to keep me happy - the COKE satisfied my sugar and caffeine cravings :) And Brendan'll eat anything you give him !

The roads were well paved yet still bumpy as hell and full of hairpin turns. The driver definately drove over the posted speed limits of 60 kph. The scenery was amazing though, so I was enjoying the ride immensely - we were in an air conditioned bus so I couldn't complain about a thing. It's funny, I'd never really thought about what to expect (scenery-wise) from this country. Nothing's flat here! Nothing!!!! It takes forever to get anywhere because you need to go up down and around huge mountains/hills.
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