Time for the fiesta!!!
Our last day at the daycare had come and we were about to leave early for our weekends abroad when one of the workers at the daycare called all of the volunteers into the school. The kids were gathered in a circle and each of the volunteers were called up to accept a gift, complimentary of the daycare. Some volunteers got a bag of Costa Rican coffee. Some volunteers got a bag of Costa Rican coffee and a book of travel routes in the country. I got a bag of Costa Rican coffee, a book of travel routes in the country and an old fashioned, Latin American coffee maker. Why? I have absolutely no idea but I was very honored, a little surprised and extremely thankful. Now if only I drank cofee…..
All of the volunteers rushed to the bus stop and we all took a bus from Barrio Jesus to Heredia (right next to the buses is a bakery called Samuelito…great place to grab lunch on the go), another bus from Heredia to San Jose, a taxi from one San Jose bus station to another before finally getting on the 2:30 PM bus to Monteverde. A four hour bus ride from San Jose to Monteverde; a trip that might have gone smoother if I had taken a mule instead of a bus (at least I’ll know for next time).
During the last two hours of the trip to Monteverde, there was no road whatsoever. Not even a dirt path but a mountain of rocks that a mammoth bus tried to clumb, doing its best to avoid cows and horses on the way up. But as much as I’d love to complain, I have to admit that we passed some of the most beautiful scenery that I had ever seen. We drove past mountains and greenery as far as the eye could see (well, I didn’t have my glasses with me so I couldn’t see too far to begin with, but you get the picture). The sun was setting as we drove and it seemed as if the mountains were glowing. And because the view was so beautiful, we decided to look at the bumpy road optimistically by thinking of it as a special, Costa Rican massage since we were jumping and bumping into everything.
We arrived in Monteverde at about 6:30 PM and the owners of the hostel we were staying in were there to pick us up. We stayed at Caminos El Pueblo, which is a small Bed and Breakfast that is well known all throughout the city. Marlenny and Freddy, the owners, helped us book our trips for the next day and even called up to confirm that a car service would come for us in the morning. Plus, I was finally able to take a hot shower! It was my first hot shower in over a week and I was able to come to the conclusion that I love hot water. A lot.
When we went across the street to buy bananas and yogurt at the supermarket for dinner, the first thing I noticed was that Monteverde is a very tourist filled city. It’s a little bit more commercial and the majority of the natives speak English. The biggest giveaway that Monteverde was a little bit more tourist based was the fact that the restaurant menus included traditional Latin American foods such as frijoles, arroz, pollo y verduras then, at the very bottom, una hamburgesa con papas fritas. Ayos mio!