Yesterday we took a walk in the rainforest, and thankfully the rain actually held off for us! Though it had been raining the night before so we were walking in mud about a foot deep!! We didn't see much wildlife, but the stray dog that was with us alerted us to the fact that there was an ant eater nearby by barking insanely and probably scaring off all the other animals we may have seen! We did see a couple of snakes and a horribly large spider!!
After lunch we took a boat over to the village of Tortuguero which was a really cute little place. You could immediately tell you were on the Caribbean coast was everything was painted really bright colours and the accents were very different.
Thankfully, while in the rainforest, I only saw one large spider, I did fear that we would see lots of huge creepy crawlies, and perhaps even share a bed with a few! Thankfully they stayed to their beds and we stayed to ours, everyone was happy!
We are off to Guatemala tomorrow for a new adventure. So, what have we learnt while we have been in Costa Rica...:
-Their insects are huge and their rain is insanely torrential.
-It doesn't matter what you have to carry, you can still ride a moped or bike (i.e. an ice cream, another bike, other people, an umbrella, and a scythe with a 15 foot long pole!)
-The people are some of the friendliest we have met, but they still laugh hysterically over the fact that men in Scotland wear skirts.
-The fruit is amazing, but the locals find it really boring since it is everywhere.
-There are dogs everywhere and hence very few cats!
-"Tico" time is totally relative.
-11,000 colones is not a lot of money.
-A tourist and his money are easily parted, even by the most basic entrepreneur.
-Midday sun X reflection of the sea divided by lack of sun screen + the inability to gauge time = a week of pain, and no tan (unless you count my 1567 new freckles!)
-Soccer/footie is a worldwide language but poker needs a bit more explaining.
-Costa Ricans don't drive on the right and side of the road.....no, they drive in the middle!
-Finally, PURA VIDA!! The most important spanish phrase you need to learn if going to Costa Rica.