La Playa

Today I finally made it onto the beach and into the water…

After a rough start involving some loneliness/homesickness in addition to a bit of a stomach ache of unknown origins (though it was right after I ate breakfast…), I made my way over to Manuel Antonio to the gorgeous beach… The beach is really long and curving with rocky, mountainous points at either end… The water has got to be like 90 degrees… which makes it not that refreshing but also kinda nice at the same time… And being at that beach I just had to think about what the weather is like back in New York to remind me how much better it is down here.

Oh yeah.. Everyone should send me their email address at me@dception.com so I have it.. ’cause I don’t really have anybody’s since my PDA left me…

Anyway… I love you all.. Talk to you soon!

Quepos

After a long day of bus travel I am now in Quepos, a smallish town with a rather developed tourism industry… I was originally planning on staying in Manuel Antonio, but when I got into town there was not one room under $35 in the whole town (it’s not very big) despite the very helpful Isaac who brought me to almost every hotel… So I had to make my way the 6km back to Quepos and after much searching finally found a room for about $9-ish which is nice and clean and whatnot but with shared bathroom/shower facilities… which is fine considering they are also nice and clean.

Manuel Antonio is kind of like a more upscale tumor growing from Quepos which was more opportune for tourism development because it wasn’t such a large town to begin with… leaving more room for big expensive hotels and the like… and the town is also right at the gates to a national park of the same name… So yeah… it’s hella touristy… lotsa dreadlocks blowing in the wind.. that sorta thing mixing with older people and families who are more adventurous than most (i.e. not opting for a cruise or package vacation)…

Anyway.. there are frequent buses between Quepos and Manuel Antonio (because its only 6km…) so tomorrow I’ll probably just bus over there early to try to get into the park before it gets too crowded and perhaps try the cheap hotel there again to see if they have any rooms then (doubtful considering the weekend starts tomorrow).. if not I can just stay here in Quepos and bus back and forth to go to the beach ’cause supposedly the beach here is not nice though I haven’t seen it yet…

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well… I’ll make some phone calls as soon as I find a place that’s got decent rates… But for now…

Buenas Noches!

Robbed…

I knew I should have started that pool about how many times I’d be robbed… Today, on my 8th day of an estimated 4 month trip, I fell victim to a distract and grab team while sitting inside a quiet restaurant. My brand new digital camera, my PDA, my discman, my new sunglasses, and my travel guide which is my only source of information were taken…

I was sitting there eating, a guy walked up and asked me a question and when I turned back I noticed my small bag was gone… by the time I looked up again there was noone around… I ran out to the street but saw nothing…

I had the restaurant owner call the police and had a report written up so as to maybe get some money back from insurance, as I’m sure I’ll never see any of my stuff again… It sucks but it happened and there’s nothing I can do now… I still have all my money and my passport and clothes and everything so I really didn’t lose anything that was necessary… but not having any pictures from this trip is not something I’m looking forward to…

Umm.. other than that I had a long day of very scenic bus rides… Tomorrow I’m headed out to the coast to a town called Manuel Antonio which is right at the entrance to a national park… I’ll write more then.