I admit, when it comes to blogging, I am a total newbie. Alas, I thought this would be a good way to start documenting my international travels for family and friends to share vicariously through me.
I arrived in Costa Rica 48 hours ago and already there is little room for complaint.
Rental cars…just be patient
We did hit a small glitch when it came to picking up my rental car. When I arrived at my rental dealer (who’s name I will omit), there was nothing more than a Spanish speaking security guard with no service people in sight. Slightly perturbed, a phone call was needed so that the proper person would arrive on-site to help. Low and behold, the person was waiting at the airport for me and I had obtained a ride from my father to the rental care building (offsite from the airport). Crisis averted. I was on my way within 20 minutes.
Upon arrival in Playa Hermosa, where my father’s property has been aptly named “The Compound” due to the large cement walls with razor wire gracing the perimeter fencing, nothing could be more perfect.
Oddly enough, after sharing a picturesque photo with my friends and family via social networking sites (upon which I believe are the devil…more on that later), we experienced a sudden thunderstorm. I must say, from a Californian’s humble opinion, that the storm was excellent!
We were quickly inundated with sprawling lightning shows and thunder that would shake the very fiber of loose knit yuppies from the United States. Fear not, I refused to take cover and enjoyed basking poolside while this impressive demonstration from mother earth unfolded.
To make matters more interesting, there was a 5K and 10K charity run underway no more than two blocks from ‘The Compound’. We thought for sure that it would be postponed. Nope. These wonderful Ticos and Ticas (locals) stuck with it and continued running for the cause. My hats off to all of those crazy bastards. Many of whom were quite cute senior ritas. Running to me perhaps?
That is all for now. I will attempt to update as my travels continue. For now, I feel compelled to finish my beer (so I can get another) and relax in this glorious hidden paradise located along the northwestern Costa Rica coastline.