Right now, I am sitting on a tiny terrace in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, on the second story of a cute Airbnb rental. Dad is relaxing watching a soccer game (sorry, futbal) and enjoying the air conditioning. Our last airbnb in Punta Uva was rustic and fantastic. The house had windows open to the outside which let through a welcome breeze and sounds of the wild. Surprisingly, I didn’t see any bugs or unauthorized animals inside except for a tiny crab friend in the outdoor bathroom. Our little jungle paradise was quite laid back and peaceful. We could walk to Punta Uva beach in a few minutes and the ocean was calm and warm. The water was clear enough to see straight down to the bottom and the beach was uncrowded except for a few troops of sandy, salty, friendly dogs.
It is 8pm. It has been dark for three hours so I feel like it is my bed time. Occasionally, the sky is lit up a soft pink by what I assume is heat lightening. But so far, it hasn’t been as hot in Costa Rica as everyone said it would be. In the last 56 hours, dad and I have traveled over 500 kilometers, explored three cities, spoken 0 words of comprehensible Spanish, listened to 5 hours of Spanish music on the radio and one hour of the high school musical soundtrack on accident when we put dads iPhone on shuffle (sorry you have to share your iTunes library with your daughters, dad).
La Fortuna has been giving me really good vibes so far. The scenery is beyond beautiful and there are plants with leaves bigger than my head! The town is vibrant in the evenings, even on a work night like tonight. Shops are open, and there is a park in the center of town that had children playing in it, even after dark. The restaurant where we ate dinner had a few local street animals milling around so I ate my tuna sandwich with a new kitty friend subtly giving me side eye, then ignoring me in an impressive attempt to get a snack. Tomorrow morning we are going bird watching at the Hanging Bridges and then we will hike to the La Fortuna waterfall. Fingers crossed for minimal bug bites!