First week in Costa Rica
Trip Start Apr 19, 2007
9Trip End Nov 02, 2007
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Mo and I have had a great first week in Costa Rica. Although we did have quite a scare the day before we left (we couldn'tīt find our passports) everything else went smoothly and just as planned. We arrived in San Jose in the evening, took a taxi to Hotel Arunjuez which for anyone needing a place to stay in San Jose is a great option. The rooms are very clean and you get a wonderful breakfast in the morning where you sit in a serene backyard garden with birds chirping and fresh squeezed piņa juice. Another plus is that it is only $38 per night. After our lovely stay at the hotel we caught a MUSOC bus to San Isidro del General which is a long, very long 3 hours. But there is beautiful scenery and a few close calls to death. The bus drivers here like to pass other buses and cars and large semis on a road that looks like it is only wide enough for one small car. I just try not to look out the window. We drive over the Cerro De La Muerte which means Hill of Death. You would think this was because of hoe they drive here
We are currently not in our own place yet. We just havenīt found the right one. Yet again the love of Jehovahīs organization shows through. We are staying with a lovely sister named Rachel who has openly invited us in to stay with her for as long as we need. Her home is truly our home. Yet we donīt want to wear out our welcome so we are urgently looking for an apartment or a house to live in. It is really funny to turn an apartment down because the rent is too high (over $200)
So since we have arrived here in Costa Rica, we have had a number of power outages. No there usually is no storm going on, just complete black out for no reason. This happened our first night in San Isidro. Of course we were downtown enjoying a lovely dinner when it happened, which made taking the bus home very interesting since the bus driver couldn'tīt even tell where our stop was when he asked him. So we walked a long way. But I have found out that the power outages are political. There is a power company called ICE which is more of a monopoly. Currently there is another power company trying to get its foot in the door. ICE is trying to flex its muscles you might say by having random power outages at the most busiest time of the day
Now to tell you about the service. The people here as you know are wonderful. We have been working in town lately since the Circuit Overseer and District Overseer are visiting. So everyday we meet for service in a brother or sisters home that is in the territory that we are going to be working. There are usually over 40 people attending and then everyone walks out the door and just starts preaching. It looks disorganized yet they do have actual territories that the brothers seem to know the boundaries of. So you follow their direction and if you start talking at a door for a lengthy period of time (which is every door you go to) then you look for the brother to give you further direction.
The people here are so responsive. They want to know about the Bible and are so thankful to have a personal Bible study. Yesterday, I worked with a sister and we started 3 Bible studies on one street. You can really see Jehovahīs blessing in the work here.
I donīt want to bore all of you, but just wanted to update everyone on where we are at. I have many pictures but have needed to download them onto a c.d. so that I can put them on the website. So next blog I will be sure to show you some beautiful scenery of Costa Rica.
Until then Pura Vida!