Costa Rica: May 23, San Jose

We got into San Jose in the evening and followed the guidebook’s recommendation of a little Argentinean place for dinner. Terrific steak and a nice house wine. I wasn’t very comfortable walking around, I have to admit. Typical city, I…

Costa Rica: Saturday & Sunday: Monteverde

More good hotel luck: Hotel Montaña. Here’s the view from the little patio off our room (yes, we threw bits of granola bar onto it trying to attract birds). We got up bright and early to get to the Cloud…

Costa Rica: Friday, May 20: Caño Negro and a Long Drive to Monteverde

Next morning after coffee and iguanas, we hit the road for Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge near the Nicaragua border. The drive there took us through plantations of pineapple, papaya, bananas. All of which Yen had seen before in Hawaii,…

Costa Rica: Thursday, May 19 (Arenal)

We had what seemed like a fairly long drive from Poaz to our next stop, the Arenal area. The road wound through hills and towns of varying sizes, but the roads were all paved. This didn’t seem important at the…

Costa Rica: Wednesday, May 18 (Poaz, La Paz Waterfall Gardens)

We got up Wednesday morning, ate unenhanced oatmeal at Denny’s (reminding ourselves that everyone told us we weren’t going to CR for the food), and headed north-by-northwest toward Poaz, a volcano. Yen has been to Hawaii and all this was…

Costa Rica: Tuesday, May 17

Here’s how this happened: A few weeks ago, Yen had dinner with a friend who has been studying in Venice. That was finishing up at the end of May, and she mentioned that she has a spare bedroom. When he…