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And I’m here!

Flying over Miami to Costa RicaThe last 24 hours has been a blur. Waking up at 4a.m. is never fun, but combining that with thousands of miles of travel, meeting dozens of new people from all over, and being dipped into a different culture, makes for a truly interesting mix. Sitting here in my hostel on the first morning in Costa Rica I’m still a bit overwhelmed. In the half dozen conversations I overheard and was a part of last night the options on things that I can do in this country is crazy. Whales, dolphins, turtles, volcanoes, rain forests, beaches…that apparently is just the start.

The trip itself was relatively unremarkable. One airport to another. Security, customs, lack of food on the airplane… For someone who hasn’t traveled as much it might have been a bit overwhelming. That moment when you step off the plane in a different country knowing that everything from here on out depends on your own wits can be really scary. For me, it was like going back home. I couldn’t stop grinning as I stepped through customs. It could have been any country, I think travel is in my blood.

I think what helped a bit was that I had my first place lined up, as well as a ride to get there. I remember back when I was traveling Asia some of the hardest moments were showing up in a new place and not knowing where I was going to end up for the night or how to get there. In retrospect those were some of the most exciting times, some of the most vivid memories, but also the most stressful. It’s much easier have that first step planned…everything usually flows pretty smoothly from there.

Flying over the ocean to Costa RicaI probably should have taken more photos yesterday, to show the steps on my journey…but it’s been so long since I’ve set out on an adventure like this that I was too in the moment enjoying what was going on to stop and record it. I got a bunch of pictures while on the plane, but that’s because I had nothing better to do. I think one of the most breathtaking moments so far on my trip was as the plane set out from Miami. Looking down over those crystal blue waters, seeing the trails of sand where the ocean flowed, and the following it up to the horizon where you could see the actual curve of the earth…it was one of those moments you could describe as awesome. Not that shallow, ‘awesome’ you say in response to something, but one of those truly magnificent moments when you realize how small you really are.

Flying over Costa RicaIt’s still an hour here until breakfast and my stomach is beginning to growl. One thing I want to say to neophyte travelers. If you really want to have an experience, step out of a hotel and try a hostel. Sure the demographic might be younger, but the people you will meet, perspectives you will hear about, and friends you might make is worth it. The key is to just be open and willing to talk, and to remember that your point of view isn’t the only one in the world.

So for now I’m going to get ready for the rest of my day. Going to be doing some exploring of ye old San Jose!

On the ground in Costa Rica


One Response to And I’m here!

  1. Craig Yamamoto says:

    Went to Costa Rica 21 yeas ago. Great place, great people. Stayed at the Pension da la Cuesta in San Jose (kind of a B&B). Went to Drake Bay/Corcovado National Park, and Playa Tamarindo. Rented car and drove to Arenal volcano. Three great weeks! I’m sure a lot has changes since then. Enjoy!

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