We landed in Costa Rica on Sunday evening. While we had to make a quick change of plans because of flooding in Sarapiqui, we’ve been enjoying Monteverde before heading to our new home-for-a-month tomorrow.
We’re in Costa Rica after a three-week stay in the United States. In my head, I’ve divided the trip into two parts; the first part where we were hanging out in Europe (I’ll count Istanbul as Europe, even if Sarcozy has his doubts) and the second part in which we head out into the rest of the world.
Costa Rica has tons of fruit stands with a wide variety of options, some familiar, some not. Definitely in the unfamiliar-to-us category was this fruit, which Wikipedia tells me is the Rambutan.
The closest town to our house is the tiny Esterillos Oeste on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, whose main industries seem to be fishing, surfing, and low-key food and lodging for visitors.
I was reading that children as young as three have gone on zip-line tours of the forest canopy at a nearby nature reserve. I was skeptical that this might work with my child, since Theo has only recently begun to enjoy swings. Then again, I also remembered doubting Theo’s ability to ride a horse a few months back and being proven very wrong.
I’ve heard the experience of driving over the rockier Costa Rican roads referred to as the “Costa Rican massage.” Because we didn’t have plans to head to more inaccessible areas of Costa Rica, we booked a regular car instead of a 4×4. Overall, it’s been fine even on the rockier roads, as long as we drive slowly.
I enjoy Costa Rican coffee in general, but I’m especially fond espresso drinks here; to my taste, the smoothness of the beans is pretty perfect with milk.