5th - 7th November
05/11/2011 - 07/11/2011
A 2 hour delay and I was finally in the air on my way to San Jose. Just enough time to take in a movie and a couple of glasses of wine, I was sat just behind the upper class seats and had plenty of room to stretch my legs and no annoying people putting their seats right back to sleep. Being so close to upper class, I could see through the curtains at the meal they were being served, with proper cutlery and crockery they were tucking into what looked like a very yummy dessert. The stewardess must have taken pity on me as she surprised me with one a bit later on, and it didn't disappoint.
Costa Rica awaits. With the Carribean Sea to the East and Pacific Ocean to the West, Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South, a more laid-back approach to the next 2 weeks was ahead of me.
First stop was San Jose, the capital. It is big and noisy and quite an intimidating place to be when you first step foot outside the hotel. It was not easy to navigate my way around this place as there are no street signs. The roads are only organised by avenues running one way and streets running perpendicular. You can quite easily spend ages wandering around looking for some kind of sign to point you in the right direction, as I did, and still be none the wiser. I walked around in a big circle trying to find the main streets and somewhere to eat, but gave up and made my way back to the hotel with a few supplies from the local supermarket. The next day I set out with further determination to find the main square and this time found a great place to watch the world go by. There were people performing in the streets, and impressive buildings such as the National Theatre, paid for by coffee growers through a voluntary tax on every bag of coffee exported. I took a wander through the Artesenal Market eyeing up the souveniers for when I return at the end of this tour.