OK… so I’m on the day we went to Puerto Viejo..
I woke up, and Abby was hung over, so I went to the beach to walk. On the beach, although I wore bug spray, I was eaten alive. No really. I wore repellant and all that jazz, and I still came back with 30+ bug bites. Costa Rica has these lovely things called purrujas that are little bugs that live in the sand that bite. And their bites itch. A lot. They’re evil. So after my walk on the beach, I came back and Abby and I went to eat. Then we went to Playa Negra, the black sand beach. It was CRAZY COOL. We got to walk across the dead coral that was on either side of the beach. It was nuts – we could see so many crabs and lots of holes, and fossils. It made the nuttiest sucking sound each time the waves went down, and we could see water bubbling out of the holes. It’s definately one of the cooler things that I’ve seen. We walked down to the end of the beach, and because it was raining, we were pretty much alone. The waves were pretty big because the tide was coming in, so we went out to play in the waves. It was really pretty much amazing. This was definately one of the coolest things I’ve done in Costa Rica. Ever.
Then we went to Puerto Viejo, which is a town like half an hour south. There we tried to get into the hostel Rockin Js, which has a reputation as one of the coolest hostels in Costa Rica. But they didn’t have any beds, they only had hammocks and tents, so we went to the hotel down the street. I didn’t look it up in the guide book, and we definately didn’t inspect it enough. This was a BAD IDEA. It was a disgusting hotel. Anyway – we went out (what else?) drinking. We met a friend, his name was Bryant. He was cool – we hung out with him off and on until we got back to San Josè. It was nuts because I think he might have been my twin. He didn’t look like me or anything, but he studied Poli Sci, he learned Spanish in Costa Rica, and he was going to law school in SC for International Business Law. Nutso! After drinking, and being soundly beaten at Foosball by Bryant, Abby and I went back to the hotel to sleep. Or something. Firstly – I didn’t know it till the next morning, but my bed had bugs. DISGUSTING. Secondly – Abby couldn’t sleep because there were birds (she contends that they were something else, like lizards.. but I’m fairly sure they were birds) on the roof. The roofs are made of metal, and so it sounds clearly on the room below. She was afraid that whatever was up there (lizards or jaguars, or whatev) were going to enter the room and eat our plantain chips, so she stuck them up on the book shelves and got in bed with me. So I don’t really think she slept much.
In the morning, she went to go buy Kayaking tours, and I got up and started to get ready. Which is when I noticed I had little bugs all over me. I was horrified, so I went to go get in the shower. Only the shower also had nests of bugs. I showered quickly (it was cold), and insisted that we leave AS SOON as Abby got back. So we went and checked in at Rockin Js (called so because they have hundreds of hammocks that one can rent for $4 a night), and then went off to go get sun / eat / etc. We rented bikes that day too. At 2, we went on the Kayaking tour. We had to go in this truck with a rather disgusting dude. It was really odd because he kept insisting that he was indigenous… but he had a german accent. And he had it both when he spoke Spanish and English. I’m not aware of any indigenous groups here who speak German. Anyway – I had to sit in the middle because it was a pickup truck. I, unfortunately, got lots of elbow tit. Instead of keeping his hands to himself, he kept feeling me up with his elbow. Which pissed me off, and then at the end, he kept hinting that he wanted a tip. Fuck that. So, we’re at the river on which we’re going to go Kayaking, and Abby asks me why there are three little boats. Abby got to pick the tour – and she picked kayaking – but without knowing what it was! I informed here that in kayaking, each person gets a tiny boat to go by themselves. The guide for the tour was cool – but his English wasn’t the best. We talked off and on.. both in English and Spanish. I think Abs may have felt excluded, and if so, sorry; it wasn’t on purpose. We went kayaking on the river, which was super low, and he kept screwing with Abby. He told her to watch out for spiders, snakes, etc.. so that she was scared. Anyway.. it was fun. Then we went Kayaking on the ocean.. and “surfing” in the Kayaks. I fell out of mine almost immediately, which sort of sucked because the coral was inches below the surface, so I got all scratched up by the coral. Abby also fell out once… but near the end. I also got seasick in the kayak.. which makes me laugh. I didn’t realize one could get seasick on kayaks. Anyway… after that, we waited for the truck. On the way back, Abby and I rode in the back of the truck.. which on Costa Rican rodes shows that we’re super brave. It was really fun. I got whacked in the face once by a branch.. and Abby ate a bug.. but we made it out alive. The guide was really nice. He invited us over for dinner or drinks. His house was right by Rockin Js. Also, we exchanged emails so that friends can book tours directly through him instead of paying the company. Yeah. Abby decided to crash out early. I went and drank with people. Oh, and I found a book exchange.. so I have new books! woo!
The next day was Thursday, so we had to go back to San Jose cause Abby left at 8am Friday. We left on the 11am bus. When we got to my house, Abs ended up staying there instead of going to a hotel. Cause my family ROCKS. We went out drinking with my host brother and his girlfriend. We went to a bar that played 80s music and music videos, which was very amusing. I had never seen the video for “Domo Aregato, Mr. Roboto.” And a whole bunch of other videos… Abby had to get up Friday morning at 4:30a and go home. Sad.
Anyway… that was my week with Abs.
To Abs: Hope you enjoyed, it was super awesome seeing you. When you read this, would you mind putting the link for your facebook album up? It would be cool if people could see pictures. Love you!
PS – today is June 1st!! That means I only have one full month left here. Then I come home!!! The Grupo office has already started giving us “preparing to go home” paperwork..! Ahhhh! I can’t wait to see everyone!