Costa Rica Summer 2013
Day 1 Blog
Alexander Aston Zapata
Once we got the hotel, we decided that we were going to go out to eat since we hadn’t the whole trip. This turned out to be more of an adventure then any of us had imagined. Not only did it start to rain, but it poured. We were not prepared for this type of down pour, especially with two to an umbrella in shorts and a jacket. It also didn’t help that we weren’t entirely sure where we were going or where exactly the restaurant that we were looking for was located. The sidewalks had begun to flood and some left 8-12in puddles of waters; more like mini lakes. Dr. Zapata and Kimberly unfortunately found this out the hard way when they decided that they were wet enough that a small puddle wouldn’t hurt, not realizing that it was a 12in deep puddle. One step in and they were calf high in water with 6 or 7 feet to go. It was hilarious, all up until a speeding car came around the corner and hit a puddle which then sprayed my brother and I’s backside. It looked like a scene straight out of a movie. It was all good fun and laughs. After asking two different people along the way, we made it to the restaurant.
We all met on campus to drive to Nashville for our first plane ride which would lead to Charlotte,
North Carolina and eventually Costa Rica. It was the first time I had been on a plane in 20 years and my memory doesn’t even extend as far as my first plane trip so it felt like a completely new experience. Other than being utterly clueless on airport procedure and that feeling your stomach has disappeared into your spine during takeoff and landing, the journey was nice. The trip to Charlotte was quiet and much quicker than I had anticipated. Leaving Charlotte for Costa Rica was a bit more exciting. The man and woman to my side asked about my trip and why I was going to Costa Rica. They spoke with me in Spanish a little about all of the things there are to see in Costa Rica. By the end of our plane ride they seemed almost as excited for me as I was myself. I finally got a stamp in my Passport after going through Customs and then we took our picture by the “Pura Vida” sign before venturing off into the third airport of the day.
Our trip to Costa Rica started very early in the morning. We met at 3:00am on campus and drove together to the airport. The flight was fine and not long at all. We arrived to San José around 3:30 pm. It was raining, but the rain stopped soon. We arrived to the hotel and checked in without any problems. The hotel is very nice. The name of the hotel is Cristina suites. We are all living in an apartment, which includes three bedrooms and the kitchen. Kimberly and I share a bedroom. After we settled down we had decided to go out to eat something. It was raining, but we decided to walk under umbrellas. While we were walking rain got heavier and heavier, and then it was pouring. We were walking for about 15 minutes, and by the time we arrived to the restaurant we were completely soaked. I hope that for the rest of the trip we will stay dry. The food in the restaurant was very good. The restaurant’s name was Princesa Marina, which serves seafood. I really enjoyed my dinner. I ordered a juice called Mora, a shrimp cocktail and the fish in the mushroom sauce. The price was very reasonable for a large dinner. That was my first experience in Costa Rica and I enjoyed every moment of it.