Quite a few changes to Costa Rica since visiting in 2007.
- No Americans, French, or Germans to speak of.
- All the roads are dirt.
- Good luck finding air conditioning or a mobile phone signal.
- No one is out surfing.
- Realtors and developers have all moved on to Nicaragua.
Actually, only the last bullet is partially true.
Despite the changes I have to say it was nice not being so gripped on treacherous roads, although you still have to get your Costa on. I also have a fond memory of turning in to a decent size city for Costa Rica and being presented with a large bloated dead dog being picked apart by 6 or so vultures – now there is culture kids!
Other creature comforts consisted of not dealing with two young boys with chronic stomach cramps – thank you infrastructure and water treatment! Gas stations and grocery stores are prevalent, and more often than not the ATMs have cash.
So there you have it. It was indeed a great couple of weeks. The wildlife and surfing are still stunning, and the people are still charming. And I always thank my lucky stars for not having to be airlifted to a hospital; or more likely being placed in the back of a pickup truck and bounced down through the jungle as I come in and out of consciousness. Winning!