The last few days have been amazing!! Tasha and I were able to travel though a lot of the Costa Rican country side and explore with a new friend named Annette that we met. She is a local that also travels through much of the country while spending her off time working as a gardner. What a beautiful spirit she has!
Friday we met her at an internet cafe in the next city over. Tasha and I took the bus there and chatted with some of the people that lived nearby. We met Annette when she came in and was surprised that we spoke english and knew some of the people that we had met! She offered to take us around the area the next day.
Saturday she met up with us and drove us (what a relief to have met someone with a car in the middle of the Costa Rican mountains!!) to Turrialba, which is about an hour from where we are staying. The drive was amazingly beautiful!! and Turrialba has a spirit all its own. I am amazed at how friendly and helpful the locals are. My spanish is not perfect but those that I have met are very patient with me and try help me even when I know that I am not speaking correct grammar. I have definitely developed a new found respect for those in the US that do not speak English and attempt to live there perminately and get around with minimal resources.
While in Turrialba, we went to a local cafe and had coffee, empanadas (which are like meat, potato and veggie filled sandwiches) for the three of us, everything totaled about $6.00. The exchange rate is similar to the US for something and cheaper or expensive for other items. Gas is less expensive here and a ride on the bus is about $0.50. A cup of coffee (about a medium sized cup) is about a dollar and a sandwich and fries combo at a fast food restaurant is about $5.00 depending on where you are.
On our way out of Turrialba, we met a wood carver named Miguel. Coffee is a very profitable staple in Costa Rica and you can see coffee fields for days around the country. Miguel would take the roots of the coffee trees and carve figurines out of them! Check out the video we have of him carving an owl for us.
After returning from the city, Tasha and I came back to the house, cleaned up, fed the animals and rested for a bit. Annette would be picking us up in a few short hours and taking us to a local bar to try Costa Rican cerveza. The bar was just up the road and the owner was such a sweet guy. He joked with me and Tasha about our spanish but tildes about his bar and the area. He spoke with a lot of pride about Costa Rica and how lively the people who live here are. He recommended that when we get a chance, we go exploring and learn all we can. We spent the next couple of hours listening to music and watching others at the bar dance… watching because goodness knows I have two left feet and didn’t want to make a fool of myself! hah!
The night ended with the sounds of the music still playing in my ears as we headed back to the house and my eyes struggling to stay open. It was a peaceful ending to such a beautiful day
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