Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Costa Rica

I left Mexico on Sunday morning, early. Too early. When I arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica, it was still only 10 AM. I came to my hotel, played on the internet until it was late enough to eat lunch, ate, sat reading by the pool for a while soaking up the Costa Rican sunshine, then came up to the room to take a nap. I spent the rest of the night in my room (you KNOW I was tired if I missed dinner!), watching TV, doing some work on the computer, appliqueing my second plaid Dresden Plate.

Monday morning, I had to leave the hotel at 6:30 AM in order to make it to my first school visit on time. How lovely to have a driver to deal with the traffic! I sat up front and practiced my halting Spanish with him all day as he drove me around the city. Did you know that they don't have actual addresses in Costa Rica? The addresses are like "200 meters north and 300 meters south of the catholic church". Can you imagine being a foreigner trying to find your way around here?

Anyway, Monday was a long day - I didn't get back to the hotel until 7:30 PM. It was all work except a quick brunch at a small corner restaurant eating a typical Costa Rican dish, gallo pinto con huevos revueltos (rice and beans with scrambled eggs). Isn't this the cutest little place with the colorful walls, the hanging bunches of onions and plantains, the coffee bags covering the ceiling? And the food was GREAT!

Today there was a bit of time between some school visits, so my driver took me to the Sr. y Sra. Ese Souvenir factory and store where they make and sell wooden souvenirs from some of the fantastic exotic wood found in Costa Rica. Of course I had to pick up a couple trinkets, wooden earrings,

a little wooden painted lizard,

and a wooden hotpad(?).

There were so many cool things there, just not many that I could 1) afford and 2) fit in my luggage. Exhibit A - this awesome carved bull's head.

This evening, I'm lounging in my room, watching TV, sewing, reading, catching up on blogs, and generally just relaxing prior to tomorrow morning's flight to Ecuador. I'm still having fun, but I SO miss my family!!


Cindy said...

I've loved following you on the journey. Even though it is work I'm sure you're still having fun. I haven't seen any margaritas for the last couple of days.

Cheryl Willis said...

I can't believe you didn't get the bulls head for me. I thought we were friends!

travel safely.- cw

Becky said...

I'm glad you are having a good time. When do you get to come home? I bet your fellas will be so glad to see you! Now that bull is the bees' knees! I can't believe you didn't get it for Cheryl either!!!lol

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

The important questions is "do they have tequila in Costa Rica?...cos while this post is informative I was really enjoying your drunk blogging.

Glad you're enjoying the sights and sounds. can totally understand you missing the family!

Judi said...

What do you mean you didn't have room for that bull? You need to learn to pack better.

Char said...

Glad you're having fun. I love all the wooden goodies!

Nancy said...

You got some lovely wooden items - how much space did you save in your bag for your shopping finds?