I am having a wonderful time in Costa Rica, but as with anywhere you are the hospitality of the people you meet are what make your visit memorable.
Friday night, I went to a rib place. It was a big place with a pool table and a band was set to preform later. If you want to open a business in Costa Rica then I would recommend a Rib Shack. The owner did say that he was not being shipped quality/big ribs. He said the ribs were small and hard to cook for fear of over cooking. The sauce was good. They also do not cook enough ribs, so get there early. Ribs are featured every Friday night.
Saturday, I walked down to the beach close to my condo. It is a pretty beach, but the water is not as clear as the neighboring Flamingo beach, and the sand is dark, and the waves are not as strong as Flamingo Beach. It was an enjoyable excursion because there is something that is drawing about the boats in the harbor, and my view looking back toward the condo was breathtaking. I met a delightful lady walking on the beach who is a foreign language teacher in North Carolina. She is originally from France, and she teaches French and Spanish in a middle school. She was here to take classes to improve her teaching skills and to sight see. She is the one who convinced me that I needed to rent a bicycle. She is also a solo traveler like myself, and she bicycled everywhere, but she does speak Spanish, English and French. The people you meet enhance your journey.
Saturday night, I ate at Cocolocos with Bill. He is a great tour guide. It is a small beach side restaurant at the south end of the Playa Flamingo Beach. It is quaint with very good service, and the sea bass and the sangria were good. You park on the road and walk to this location. Use your phone or a flashlight to see the potholes if you venture to this location. I met a talented photographer who works at the restaurant named Manfred J. Rodriguez. I hope to talk with him before I leave and share some of his work with you.
Sunday, I walked to the Flamingo Beach. I had borrowed a chair from Ron, but I was afraid that it would get heavy on the walk, so I packed my Bubba Gump back pack that Kelley had purchased on a New York trip and away I went. It is not a bad walk going because it is downhill.
It is beautiful beach with colorful water and strong waves The temperature of the water was perfect. To the right are mountains with houses and to the left are mountains with houses. Some of these places, I was told, rent for $10,000.00 a week. There was a masseuse on the beach. If my funds hold out, I will try a massage before I leave. There were several jewelry people, and I have a new ankle bracelet that I love. I rented a chair for $4.00, paid $5.00 for my new ankle bracelet and $1.00 for water. It was a $10.00 beach day. I will have to do better. Beach days should be free!
I thought I was in decent shape. No, I am not in any shape at all. The hour walk at Veterans Park in Tupelo did not prepare me for the uphill walk on my return. I need to do this walk every day, and I am sure I will because the world begins at the bottom of our road that comes to the condo.
I visited with Claudia this morning about a bicycle and excursions after breakfast at Marie’s. I booked an awesome excursion for tomorrow. I cannot wait to share it with you later in the week. I will rent the bicycle later.
It is like being in paradise every morning when you wake up, but I do miss my cell phone! I want to hear my girls say, “I love you”, and I want to hear about the days of the people I love, but there is a freedom to sitting on the beach and not checking your phone every five minutes. E-mail and messaging on Facebook really helps.
It is hard to explain what I am doing here to strangers. I think they get the wrong impression that I am a trust fund kid, or I am a wealthy divorcee. Wrong on both accounts! You are here for a month. Why? I am just a lady looking for people with beautiful hearts and for beautiful places. I will be a retired instructor in Mississippi in the middle of August who has firm legs from climbing mountains and a great tan and wonderful Costa Rican memories.
Hasta luego – until later……