So here are my chronicles a week in the making, prepare yourself its long but amazing...
Day 1... Monday 6/5/06:
Today was spent procrastinating, packing, and washing clothes. While taking the last load out of the washer I found my cell phone at the bottom it, oh shit that wasn't good. So Dad and I go to Verizon and must pay full price for a new phone because of course I didnt have insurance on the stupid thing. Jen arrived in Shortsville around 2:30ish and we waited for Josh while I finished packing, ate lunch, got in the car and went to victor for some last minute shopping and were then on the road to Pittsburgh, PA to start the trip. We got to Kate's in PA at like 10 or 11 or something who knows, but Jen and I slept very cozily in Kate's bed.
Day 2 ... Tuesday 6/6/06:
We got up at like 5:30am and went to the Pittsburgh International Airport. We checked in, ate breakfast with Kate and then went and sat by our gate, our plan was delayed like 45 mins so obviously I was bored out of my mind. We get on the plane (one of those small commuter ones I hate) and fly to La Guardia in NYC (which by the way is the most ghetto airport I have ever been in) and sit there for awhile, and then get on a plane to Miami, sit there for awhile and then finally get on a plane to San Jose, Costa Rica. This may seem like a quick process but no. It took about 12 hours 2 of which I had to relive because of the time change. Anyways we went and rented a car, well Josh rented a car, and then waited for Oscar. He found us, we went and got the car and were on our way to San Ramon. We got there around 10 I think, said the hellos and such, and talked with Gaby and her mom. Then Jen and I went out with Luis and Erick to a bar where we drank some beer and smoked some cigarettes and came home and went to bed.
Day 3 ... Wednesday 6/7/06:
Today we slept kind of late, got up, and hung around the house for awhile. Luis came home and we went to lunch with some girl that I guess was his girlfriend (he broke up with her later that day.) We went to Burger King of all places. Then Josh came over and we went exploring in San Ramon. Luis took us to a forest that is part of the university in San Ramon it was pretty cool, there were a bunch of wild monkeys in the trees, that isn't something you see every day in NY. We ran into Gaby and went with her to a restaurant/bar near the college and had something to drink. We stayed there for like an hour maybe 2, I dont really know. This bar we went to was right down the street from Steven's house so I made Josh stop and Jen knocked on the door, some kid answered the door but him mom was there and then we saw Steven walking down the street so that was perfect timing. We sat at his house for awhile, Jose came, we went to Jose's house, went to Gaby's house, then back to Steven's, then we went to dinner, then Jen and I went home.
Day 4 ... Thursday 6/8/06:
We got up at like 8 or some early hour and went to the volcano Poas it was surprisingly clear and we actually got to see the whole thing. The last time I went there it was very cloudy and rainy so I didn't get to see anything. But this time it was nice until we right when we were about to leave and the clouds set in. It was so weird for it to be like I dont know 65 degrees or something not cold and seeing people wearing winter gloves and hats. After Poas we went to Grecia and went to the bank and ate lunch. After lunch we headed back to San Ramon. We went to Las Musas this pool and waterfall about 6km outside San Ramon or something. It was pretty but kind of cold to go swimming or anything. Then we dropped Steven off and went to Gaby's house. I took a nap while Jen read her book and Josh hung around. Then Erick stopped by and we chatted it up for a bit. Then Luis came home and with a little prodding he and I hijacked the car and took it for a drive "around the block." Now, in all honesty if you consider around the block around the entire city plus some and taking up an hour and 1/2 then thats what we did. Needless to say Josh was pissed when we got back but, oh well it was fun. So we hung out some more because we obviously don't do that enough. At around 7 or something we walked to the supermarket and bought some snack food items. As soon as we left the supermarket it started to down pour like crazy but being the idiots we are we walked back to Gaby's house. By the time we got there there was no point in even trying to use my umbrella anymore because I was soaked, my sneakers were wet for like three days after that. Conveniently it stopped raining about 5 minutes after we got back. So, after drying off Josh, Jen, Luis, and I hit the town. We went for dinner and then to the same bar we went to on Tuesday. There were these kids practically having sex in the corner. It made me want to puke and then maybe drink some more. After the bar we went home and went to bed.
Day 5 ... Friday 6/9/06:
Today was a very important day. Costa Rica played Germany in the world cup. It was pretty much a national holiday and even though they lost everyone seemed to have a good time. So we watched the game at Gaby's house and after words got packed and left for the beach. Before we actually got on the road we stopped at Oscar's to use his internet and at the bank. And then we hit the road, so by the time we left it was like 1:30/2ish. We then drove to Puntarenas and waited for like an hour or something and then took a ferry for like 1.5ish hours across the Gulf of Nicoya. So its now like 6pm and getting dark and oh by the way its raining. The roads were quite potholey and we were driving like 20mph. After about an hour of that nonsense Jen got pissed and her and Josh were yelling and then for some reason I got involved (I dont really know why but it seemed like a good idea at the time) so its like 7:30ish now and Josh is throwing a hissy fit in the car and Jen is throwing a hissy fit while standing in the middle of the road, Luis is taking a piss on the side of the road and then trying to get everyone in the car so we can just get to the hotel, and I am also standing in the road smoking a cigarette and just making things generally more difficult than they have to be. Now that I think about it the whole situation was quite comical. Anyways I digress, so we get back on the road and after all of that Josh continues to drive and we finally get to the hotel at um I dont know 9pm or something. This was after we stopped and bought 2 very large bottles of alcohol, some beer, some soda, and some cigarettes all for about $22, it was a steal. So the hotel was amazing Jen and I were in awe, it was totally like the tropical paradise of my dreams. But anyways the night continues we get unpacked. We smoke some pot using an empty beer can as some sort of pipe type contraption, Luis falls asleep, Josh gets a contact high, Jen and I stay up for a little while and then we pass out too. Oh my god how could I almost forget this story!? Well, we had some of the shutters of the cabana opened, specifically the ones near Josh's bed, and at like 1am or some early hour of the morning there was this person walking around outside the cabana of course I was laying in my bed thinking "omg what am I going to do about this? I am stoned out of my mind. We are going to get robbed, murdered, or raped, or something and I am not going to be able to move." Then I hear "have you seen my sister" in a very heavy latin accent and Josh is like "Luis! Luis! What the fuck are you doing, quit screwing around" (Luis is still sound asleep) and then according to Josh a hand came in the open shutter and tapped him on the shoulder and asked him again if he had seen the sister. Obviously Josh said no and the scary mystery man went away. But jesus christ I was freaked out. But as I write about it I can't stop laughing because I think its so funny
Day 6 ... Saturday 6/10/06:
This morning I was woken up at like 5:30 by Luis for some ungodly reason. Thank god Josh made him go back to sleep. I went back to bed and slept until like 10 or so. Jen was gone, she went exploring. So after Jen came back we ate breakfast at the hotel. And then ventured down to the beach. Jen and I went in the water and then settled down for some sunbathing not anywhere near the water. No longer than five minutes later this wave rushes in and washes over everything. My first instinct was obviously "oh shit, grab your purse and the camera." I was laying on my towel at this point so i jump up with the purse (which had my mother's ipod in it and i was told several times to not let anything happen to it) and my camera thinking everything is now safe. Well, I turn around to look at my towel and scope out the damage when I see my flip-flops being carried out to sea by the same wave. So there I go running down the beach to save them, luckily I got there in time. So I return to the mess and everything is covered, I mean covered in sand. I think there is still sand in my purse. At this point Jen and I are laughing hysterically and Josh and Luis come from where they were sitting in the shade to make sure everything is all right. So, Jen and I move camp back about 20 feet and we get all situated and sit there for about 20 minutes until the water gets dangerously close again. Being the smart people that we are Jen decided that we should move to where everyone else was sitting. There were lawn chairs set out and considering we had had enough of the sand we paid to use them. Jen and I both fell asleep in the lawn chair and in doing so I received one of the worst sunburns I had ever had in my life. The funny part about that is Jen actually used sunscreen and she was more burnt than me. After we wake up and decide we have had enough of the beach we went back to the hotel, showered, and used the pool there for awhile. That got boring so Jen went for a walk, Josh took a nap, and Luis and I drove to Cobano, a town like 10kms away. While there we got some ice cream and Luis conveniently ran into Ivannia (the love of his life apparently who is also the sister of the best friend of the girl that he just broke up with three days before.) And you wonder why I think boys are dumb? So we get back to the hotel and Jen came back from her walk like 20mins later so we went swimming again to cool the burn. Then we went out to eat at this restaurant that didnt even have a menu but it was still good. Then we went back to the hotel and we all got drunk. And then we all passed out.
Day 7 ... 6/11/06:
Surprisingly, this morning I wasn't hung over. Jen and I woke up and went swimming again because I was on fire. Seriously I was like fire engine red that is how burnt I was. So we did that until like 9:30 and then checked out of the hotel, stopped at the grocery store, and left Malpais. We stopped in Cobano and ate, used the phone, tried to use the ATM, and then hit the road again with me behind the wheel. We got to the ferry just as it was getting ready to leave and I made Jen drive the car on because it scared me. The ferry was crowded and hotter then hell, especially when you are so sun burnt. But, anyways we got back to Puntarenas and I drove the rest of the way back to San Ramon. We got back to San Ramon and unloaded our stuff from the car. Then we went and used the internet where I made Luis a myspace, which I am happy to report he has actually used since I left. Then we went back to Gaby's house where I passed out and that was about it for the day.
Day 8 ... 6/12/06:
Jen and I woke up pretty early like around 8 I think and said goodbye to Luis who was on his way to school. We showered (this is the point in which I discovered that I had several blisters from getting so sun burnt) and packed and hung around the house. Then we said goodbye to Gaby who was also on her way to school. Josh came and picked us up at about 10:30 and we left for San Jose. I was a little upset that we didn't get to say goodbye to Gaby's mom because yet again she was nice enough to let us stay there and I should have at least thanked her again before I left, but she had already left for work. So anyways we drive to San Jose, and the map I was using to navigate was not very good but surprisingly after going around about 4 traffic circles we made it safe and sound to the mall. When we got to the mall it was about noon so we ate lunch and then did some shopping. I called Arturo at 1 like he told me to and he met us at the mall at like 1:30. He ate lunch and then we went back to his house for a little bit. And then took him to work. Then the three of us, Josh, Jen, and myself went back to the mall. And waited for Julian, while waiting we got ice cream. So, Julian met us at the mall then we took a bus to the center of San Jose, and went shopping at the souvenir market thingy that was outside the National Museum that we went to on the first trip. While I was there I bought stuff for my family and Jen did the same. We went back to the center of San Jose and took another bus back to the mall where we left the car. On the bus there was this crazy old man singing about monkeys or something. I was surprised at how many people gave him change when he was finished because in the US no one cares and they just ignore the person. After we get off the bus I see this sign for a tattoo/piercing place and I decide that it is a good idea to get my nose pierced. The place I first saw looked a little sketchy so Julian took me to the place in the mall which was very nice. While I was waiting to get my nose done Jen decided to get a tattoo. Talk about awesome things to bring back...a hole in my nose and some permanent ink on her shoulder...it was amazing. After the body art session we went to like the 7th floor of the mall which is also an office building and saw some nice views of San Jose, it would have been better if it was not almost dark and raining but oh well. Then we get in the car and attempt to find Arturo's house on our own. We almost got there but then none of us could remember the last turn, all we knew was that it was a left past the university's recreation center and before the grocery store. So in order to find it we took every left between those two places. But do you think we found it? NO. An hour and a half later Julian finally calls Arturo and gets directions. As it turns out we were on the right street about 4 times but never went far enough. Doesn't that just figure. So we get to the house and Arturo's roommate, Alonso was there painting, he is an art student I guess. So yeah we decide that we are going to make dinner because we didnt feel like going out and all the 2 boys had were some Ramen, some eggs, and I think I saw some cereal. So the 3 Americans plus Julian go to the Mas X Menos and buy food. We get back rather easily since we remembered where we were going this time. So Jen and I, the Susie homemakers that we are (Josh helped too) cooked some marinated chicken, some corn, and some parmeasean noodle things that were in a packet and all we had to do was add water. Anyways it was good. We ate; Josh and Julian went to return the rental car and Jen and I stayed with Alonso and hung out. He was very nice, he tried his best to entertain us, and gave us some of his artwork. Anyways moving on, Arturo came home at like um 11/11:30ish and we hung out for a little bit and chatted it up. Then we went and bought some stuff. "And what we bought is called pot - mota in spanish" according to Arturo himself. Then we went to a bar called Terra U and drank a pitcher of beer. After the beer we went to back to Arturo's and well ya know smoked some pot. At this point it was like 2am. We listened to some music, smoked some more pot and then sadly, at 4am Arturo called us a cab and as they say all good things must come to an end and we had to go to the airport to go home.
Day 9 ... 6/13/06:
Really this is just a continuation of the previous day since no sleeping was done, but oh well. So we left Arturo's at 4am and this crazy taxi driver took us to the airport. Josh told us to be there by 5 and we were there at 4:45am so we went in and sat by the american airlines ticket counters and waited for Josh. And then we waited some more, so by this time its 5:30 and the line is growing longer so we just get in line and check in. Maybe this would be a good time to mention that I am still stoned and continued to be for most of the morning. So we get our tickets and then wait for Josh some more until 6am. Our plane left at 7:15 so by 6:15 we just went in because we still needed to get through security. So get to our gate and wait for Josh some more. Finally like 10 minutes before our plane left he comes, apparently he was waiting for us outside, he even called Arturo to see where we were. Obviously Arturo didn't answer his phone, I am sure he was sleeping in a dead to the world state considering he just spent the entire night smoking pot with us and he said he wasnt going to class the next day so that pretty much convinces me he was sleeping. Why Josh didn't come into the ticket counter area I have no idea. But we get on the plane I don't even remember taking off I fell asleep and slept pretty much the whole way to miami. We get to Miami, go through immigration, Jen gets the 3rd degree, but we pass, get to our next plane, I think there was eating involved somewhere in there, get on the next plane and the plane leaves the gate. Then we hear "attention ladies and gentlemen there is a problem at La Guardia and we will be sitting here for an hour." Well, now thats just peachy considering our layover at La Guardia was only 45mins. Finally we take off and get to La Guardia, and run to the next gate. Of course we have to go through security again because they dont have central security there because as I said before its ghetto. And there were these people taking their sweet ass time and then they got bitchy when I tried to go around them. Anyways we made it to our gate and on the plane (just as they were closing the doors) and thankfully so did our luggage. We get back to Pittsburgh, Kate meets us there, we go to dinner, then decide we want to drive home, so we do. I drive from Erie, PA to Shortsville. I can't believe I made it I was so tired but I just wanted to keep going and get there. So Josh and I got home at 3am and Jen still had to drive another 2 hours so she got home at like 5am...and that's that.
I had an amazing time, I am so glad Jen came, I love everyone there so much, I will not be waiting another 4 years before I go back, I have been toying with the idea of studying abroad but I dont know how that would work since this Equine Breeding major isnt really meant for doing things like that. Maybe I should have made some different choices since I did toy with the idea of going to school for international something or other but its kind of too late now I guess whatever I do will have to wait until graduation from Morrisville. Oh well I can dream...
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