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Into Costa Rica and Trip Changes

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We took the TICA bus from Managua to San Jose, Costa Rica on August 2. It was supposed to take 9 hours, but after immigration and rerouting due to a bridge collapsing earlier in the day, it was just under 12 hours for the total trip. We got to San Jose just before midnite, with no place to stay. We met a very nice English girl travelling by herself and we all decided to share a taxi to a place where she had a reservation. Well, the place she had a reservation told us she had to have been there before 10pm, and they already gave away her room. So that sucked. The taxi driver took us around to several cheapie options to find a place, but all were full due to a festival that week. We drove through some hardcore ghetto and saw tons a hookers, hoochie mamas, pimps, drug dealers, and of course transvestite hookers. After this tour of the San Jose nightlife, we decided to just go to one of the big chain American hotels, cuz it was 1 am by now. We chose Garden Court Inn and fell asleep. The next few days were spent mostly at the hotel soaking up all our money's worth until our flight out.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, we decided to fly home for a bit due to some family issues. The plan is to stay at home for a month or so and then start back on our trip.
Below are some random pics we took in San Jose. First is me doing a part from The Shining.


Second is a store in a mall that caught our attention for some reason.


We caught a flight back to Orlando. I will post more about our trip plans in the next posting.

Posted by ajthalita 14:23 Archived in Costa Rica

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ha! what a spelling for a store...what does this word mean...?:) sounds like your trip began with a start and stop motion...i admire your tenacity!

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