I know it’s getting late, but I just have to post while I still have internet. I have to thank God and all the people who have prayed for me. And most of all I have to thank my mom for the bravery she has had in letting me travel to Costa Rica alone.
I’ve felt like pinching myself all day. It doesn’t feel real. Here I am traveling in the world to places I have never been before without anyone from home. I feel exhilarated and a bit nervous.
Okay now onto the details of my trip! My mom, Sandra, and I left at 6:40 this morning and drove to Durango. There, I waited in line to check my bags, but there was a bit of a miscommunication and the check-in agent was going to charge me forty dollars. I was fairly certain the first bag was supposed to be free. It turns out I was right, but I had to wait in line again…I said my goodbyes, went through security, and boarded the plane to Denver.
In Denver I had a two-hour layover so I got something to eat. Then I flew from Denver to Houston. The Houston airport had all its signs in Spanish and in English. The plane departed Houston at around 6pm central time for Costa Rica.
Three hours and some minutes later…and back to the time zone I began the day in…Hola Costa Rica! It’s strange coming into a place in the dark. The country feels masked in darkness. I can’t wait to see the flowers in the morning.
So, really my day got good when I arrived in Costa Rica. After exiting the plane I knew we were in Costa Rica because the signs were in Spanish first and then English. I made my way through the brief immigration line, which is to say there was no line. I was really proud of myself because I answered the questions the immigration officer asked in Spanish! He told me “three months, no more, okay?” I smiled and said yes I know. Then I made my way down to baggage claim and got my bag. I went through customs in about thirty seconds.
And at last I was out on the street. The humid, yet cool air felt really nice. After walking my way past dozens of taxi drivers a man with a Holiday Inn Express sign was walking around. He directed me to where everyone was waiting for the shuttle. The shuttle arrived within minutes and in even fewer minutes I was checking into the hotel.
I really lucked out here as they have free international calling, so I made a phone call to my mom. Then I talked to the desk clerk Monica and got a map of San Jose. She also told me there was an ATM across the street. How easy it would be for me to go to the casino! I walked right in without an ID. I withdrew 25,000 colones, which is about $50. The ATM fee ended up being 51 cents! I walked back across the street and another desk clerk gave me change for my 10mil colones.
You know when everything seems to go right, you feel good? Well that’s definitely how my day went. It feels like I’m doing what I’m supposed to. That I’m where I’m supposed to be. Everything was in my favor today, or so it seemed. All of my flights left in a mannerly time and arrived early in all cities. Costa Rica has already left a great impression on me. Everyone is really friendly! I can’t wait to write of my adventures tomorrow.