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Days 42-45: San Jose & La Fortuna

Posted by Erik Frey Wed, 27 Apr 2005 10:50:00 GMT

The first leg of my trip ended in the same place it began. I spent a few days in Costa Rica before heading home. I partied vigorously!


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Days 22-27: Manuel Antonio, Montezuma, San Jose

Posted by Erik Frey Thu, 07 Apr 2005 12:33:00 GMT

Yet another week of jungles teeming with life and remote, tranquil beaches. And nary a care in the world!


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Days 17-21: Tamarindo and Jaco

Posted by Erik Frey Sun, 03 Apr 2005 01:34:00 GMT

Out of school and with few actual plans, I spent the next week tracing my way from beach to beach down the Pacific coast. If the previous week had marked my first steps, this one I charged forward into complete abandon. My only concerns were sun, surf, good people, and cheap eats.

They were great times, but in retrospect it makes for sort of boring, aimless Kerouac-y writing.


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Days 10-16: Portrero and Playa Flamingo

Posted by Erik Frey Sun, 27 Mar 2005 04:46:00 GMT

This period of travel is characterized in my head as the first tentative steps off the beaten path. I took a week of Spanish classes, hiked out to a number of remote towns and beaches, and met many more interesting people.


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Days 4-9: La Fortuna & Monteverde

Posted by Erik Frey Sun, 20 Mar 2005 08:22:00 GMT

Outside, the sun is setting across the bay, over the pacific ocean, behind the small town of Flamingo. This is my fourth day on the coast, in an area of Costa Rica called the Peninsula Nicoya. It’s known for the slew of beautiful beaches that dot the coast, each one complete with sleepy town and local bar for the necessary Imperial (or two).

I’m staying in an extra room of the small home of Benito and Liseth Peralta, in the town of Portrero. Cows crisscross the dirt roads here, occasionally walking through the front gate to munch on garden hedges. When Benito sees them, he yells and throws rocks to keep them off his property. In the evenings, Liseth cooks fantastic dinners and always serves me a mountain of food; I can never finish everything. The two are very friendly, and they put up with my awful attempts to speak Spanish with them.

In the morning I wake up early and take the bus to Playa Flamingo. There, I take Spanish classes at Central Panamerica De Idiomas till noon. In the afternoons I find something to do. There are salsa and merengue lessons, cruises to local reefs for snorkeling and watching the sunset, buses to nearby beaches; it’s hard to go wrong.


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DAYS 0 - 3: San Jose & La Fortuna

Posted by Erik Frey Thu, 17 Mar 2005 03:06:00 GMT

The beginning.


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