Sunday, January 1, 2012

Getting Around | Costa Rica

The views along our treks in Costa Rica were absolutely gorgeous. From the green rolling hills, to monkey-rich jungle forests, there was plenty for us to eye from the car windows. Of course, the driver had the privilege of not gazing at the beautiful surroundings but, rather, navigating the tricky roads. Some bridges had only a single lane where cars from both sides took turns crossing one by one.

Since our visit was in the middle of the rain season, we quickly became familiar with the universal sign for "No Pase" - a white plastic bag tied to a stick in the middle of the road. And as you can surely tell by the size of some gaps in the roads, "No Pase" must be taken seriously.

On the first day of the trip, one of our cars bottomed out on a giant rock in the road and cracked the oil pan - we're pretty sure that's gotta be a record for breaking a rental car. Luckily, the company sent a replacement the next day. And, of course, there were plenty of moments where we just had to pull over, get out, and scratch our heads ("Oh crap, I think we're lost again...").



Oil pan cracked here:

It's always fun to discovered new things in foreign countries, or sometimes rediscover something you haven't seen in years. You may think I am puffing on a cigar in this next shot, but it's actually a dried banana. These are popular in Russia and my nostalgia prompted me to buy everyone a dried banana for a taste. No one else really enjoyed them, so I ended up eating the whole bag...

On the last day of the trip, we encountered a multi-hour traffic jam on the way to San Jose and almost missed our flight home. This was the only time I've had the pleasure of playing Rummy while "driving."

More Costa Rica posts here.

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