Monday, 29 October 2012

Adjusting to travel

Day 2 & 3 - Costa Rica
If I had written this blog yesterday it may not have been so positive but today seems like we are starting to get into a travel groove. Mainly I think the boys are starting to adjust which makes life a bit more relaxed (who am I kidding.. it's making things so much easier!). The strangeness of everything was making anxieties come out; the lack of full meals because the boys can't find anything to eat was making them grumpier; and even though there is only a 2 hour difference in time, our sleep patterns were off (which makes everyone a bit less tolerant and flexible). We are having small break throughs on the eating front and had some luck with ordering Hamburgesa y Fritas (which believe it our  not.. was originally refused because they didn't like the ketchup!) and well.. not sure what other breakthrough there has been.. !  Being surrounded by Spanish I think is starting to feel a bit  more comfortable  (the boys are saying Gracias instead of Thank you) and for Eric and I, we are regaining the little bit of the Spanish that was stored deep in our brains.. it's slowly coming to the forefront. Eric and I are getting used to the prices and the conversion rates (roughly 500 Colones is $1.. so we are getting used to seeing prices in thousands! The boys thought we were rich when they say the bills!).

The little bits of wild life they boys have encountered  and the anticipation of seeing lizards and crocodiles and monkeys keep the boys level of engagement up. The leaf cutter ants were a big hit at our first hotel.. Sean and Liam had a great time watching them, then putting up blockades, then giving them  leaves and eventually they thought they would experiment with putting the ants on leaves and putting them in the pool (yes, we left our kids unsupervised !). They actually named some of the ants. We stopped at a "El mundo de Serpientes" yesterday on our road trip into the Mesa Central and seeing phythons, Boas, pit vipers and their favourite lizard Basilik spurred their imagination for more (and made Eric a bit nervous as many of the "Very Venomous" had natural habitates in Central America). They saw a woodpecker this morning and I saw a hummingbird and Liam had his eyes pealed to the trees on the drive today in hopes of seeing monkeys.

So, as I write, we are in a Pension in Santa Elena  up near the cloud forests of Monteverde and the room price is much more to Eric and my liking. The room is super cool because it has bunk beds and an upper loft area, and in the main lobby area there is a common sitting area and common kitchen area - all geared for budget minded backpackers (our comfort level!) and they even have broadband wi-fi!!! (so I"m hoping I can load up a bunch of the pictures of our road trip yesterday and our drive here). The boys have done a bit of reading today, wrote in their journals and we are set up for a guided walk in the cloud forest tonight.. should be pretty amazing!

I'm sure the adjusting to travel will keep us on our toes but this afternoon feels like we've found a bit of a smooth groove. (Eric and I were starting to wonder if we made a huge mistake !)

Here are pictures from Day 2 (road trip in the Mesa Central.. small towns on the slopes of Volcan Poas) and Day 3 (drive to Santa Elena.. near Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve).

DAY 2 - Sunday, Oct. 28th

Town of Zacero

eyeing up the "Soda" store offerings

Happened upon a celebration.. parade with traditional Ox and Cart

There were more striking view but could never catch them in time..
lots of ups and downs and twists

At "El Mundo de Serpientes"

Crazy! I guess the Boa's weren't hungry..
 the mouse actually ran across the snakes head!
Hotel Brilla Sol in Alajeula (near the San Jose Airport)..
..the boys decided to rescue the ants in the pool.
DAY 2 - Sunday, Oct. 28th

They have live trees as fence posts.. love it!

beautiful drive
Mountain side home.. horse country

..and cattle and cowboy country

view down to the coast 

The coolest room !

Banana Tree in yard

Lounge area (that is my laptop.. in mid stride with the blog)


  1. I bet those cream sickles that the boys were eating in the last photo were great if made locally! Coconut?


  2. Sean's was probably made of some green food dye that is banned in Canada! But, they really enjoyed them! (it was a bribe for getting their journals written!)