These last 48 hours have been short of amazing; they have been a roller coaster of emotion. It started with my friends picking me and driving me to the airport. After saying good-bye to them and actually being alone in the airport, it hit me “wow this is it”. Then it was the countless hours I spent in transit, my thoughts just running wild. As the plane descended to San Jose, I still couldn’t believe it I was shaking, nervous and excited.
When I finally landed in San Jose, Costa Rica and got out of the airport smelled the fresh air and saw a whole new world I thought to myself “wow this is how Dorothy must have felt when she landed in Oz”. I have seen “The Wizard of Oz” a million times and still think it’s one of the best travel movies ever (think about it… it really is). If I had a Toto with me I am 100% sure I would have looked at him and said “Toto, I’ve a feeling I’m not in Kansas any more.”
I was outside and a million people started calling me left and right that they will take me to my hostel (guess my backpack gave it away). Before I had left I told myself I would take the public bus and pay $2 to get into town (I even wrote down the directions). Well ummm yeah that didn’t happen. It was night and it being the 1st day away I got pretty scared so opted to cab it instead. I spent $16 and got to know my cab driver Juan a bit. He dropped me off right at my hostel Galileo Hostel.
I checked in and got situated, but the whole time I wanted to laugh out loud. I had seen movies, read books and websites on hostels, but I was finally actually using one. I went downstairs to mingle and met a few people and kept thinking “wow this is how it’s going to be for a long while, just meeting new interesting people” (in case you are wondering… when I think to myself I often time say wow to myself). I called it a night early and tried to catch up on my sleep, but instead I tossed and turned.
I had made plans to meet up with a friend of my friends, Tracy the next morning! Tracy was awesome enough to pick me at the Hostel at 9am on my 1st full day in San Jose! I let her know since I arrived late last night I didn’t have dinner and that I was starving. I asked her if she can take me somewhere to get some authentic Costa Rican breakfast. She took me to her aunt’s restaurant. Oh man breakfast was soooo good!!!
I had told Tracy that I was down to do anything she wanted to do because this was my first day in San Jose and of my trip and really appreciated that she was taking the time to show me around. Instead of showing me around San Jose she took me too Parque Nacional Volcan Poas.
The ride to Volcan Poas was long, but amazing as we drove up the mountain I could feel the temperature drop. Once we were finally up there, we had quite a hike to the top of the Volcano. What is sad though is less than 48 hours into my trip I know I am so damn out of shape. I was huffing and puffing all the way up. I guess this trip is really going to kick my ass into shape. It was all worth it once we made it to the top.
After an entire afternoon of hiking and on the road, we called it a day. Tracy dropped me off at my hostel; I took a nap and later went out for some dinner. I then came back and spent the rest of the night hanging out with people at the hostel.
All in all the 1st 48 hours of my trip have been very mellow, but amazing! Today I am going to spend it exploring San Jose by foot on my own before venturing onto Puerto Viejo to be a beach bum for a few days on Friday. For some reason I still can’t believe I am finally living my dream and am traveling the world. All I know is I am no longer in Houston, TX and this is going to be one hell of a ride!