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Jan 20, 2017 - Returning to Panama

We headed back to Panama reversing the process and hoping we got it right... We arrived at the border by cab. We noticed that everyone in the Salida (exit) line had those pieces of paper for declaring where you were going. We were stopped by a gentleman who said we need to pay our exit tax first. We had to cross the street 4 lanes of traffic to pay our exit fee which is 7 dollars plus 1 dollar tax. I took some pictures at the border pretending we were taking pictures of each other. You will see on the Panama side that there are no signs...

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Jan 20, 2017 - Jan 18-20 Golfito Resort

On the 18th after we had a swim Bob Audrey and I went for a walk to get some beer as the hotel rooms had a little fridge. The girl at the front desk said it was about 500 meters up the road but it was no where near that. It was almost 2 km away. Unfortunately I wore the wrong shoes and by the time I got back I had these huge blisters on the pads on the bottoms of my feet. Well on the up side that means I will have to relax by the pool until we leave on the 20th. And that is what we did.Sit by the pool order food and drinks and relax. It...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Entering Costa Rica

So after the crazy Panama side we were off to the Costa Rica Side. It was more like 750 meters rather than 500. I say this because again at any point between getting our luggage checked and getting into Costa Rica many things could have happened. We did not have our luggage checked at Costa Rica so we all came to the conclusion that the luggage check was for entering Panama... Oh well. So we walk and finally find Costa Rica immigration. There are signs that say entrada and Salida so at least we know we are in the right line as we want to...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Leaving Panama to get to Costa Rica

Our day started with this huge bug (see pics) on our door step. For the next couple of days we are headed to Costa Rica. Although as a Canadian you can stay in Panama for 180 days you can only legally drive in Panama for 90 days. If Cliff and Yvonne want to continue driving they have to leave the country. Their friends Bob and Audrey (whom we met last year)Barry and I decided to join them. It appears immigration rules change quite often. At this time it appears they need to be out of the country for 3 days so we have reserved a hotel in...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Golfito

I've had a pretty good couple of days. Been doing a lot of reading and some research for one of my classes at SIAST. I've been meeting with a few of the old fellas for beers in the evenings and that's been a lot of fun. Most are American but are ok anyways. lol. Yesterday I had to head to the bank to get some money out because my bank card wasn't working. Not really a big issue because I got a teller who speaks some English but still a pain the the ass. I didn't fish with my buddy Cory like I had a couple of days ago because he leaves early...

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Travels with Mike

Jul 4, 2010 - Mozzies

A curious thing has happened. As expected, from the first moment my pearly white feet touched costa rican soil, I have been bitten constantly by the somewhat vast mosquito population. However, this last week, the number of new bites per square inch of my body has dropped considerably. Today, for example, I have not been bitten even once, and yesterday I recieved only one small nibble, that doesn't even itch anymore. The only logical thing to conclude from this large and rapid decrease in biting activity is that, having been bitten so much...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Input by Kelly's husband!

So, a few remarks to Kelly's input so far. First of all, let's make it clear that I can be loud and she does have a point when commenting that i can be irritating as well, however it's always with the best intensions and never intentional as she claims! ;) So far, we've had an unforgettable time here in Costa Rica, spending time with my familly getting to know cousins, uncles and aunts, as well as meeting new people. I was recently informed that we've only met 1/4th of my family - to be precise - 25 of about 100 family members! On Monday,...

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Jun 26, 2010 - Piñata party

Today was the eagerly anticipated birthday celebration, and oh, it was so much fun! For my 33rd birthday celebration I celebrated in the style of a 5 yr old Costa Rican child. I had banners and balloons, fruit punch and a piñata, arroz con pollo (without the pollo) and a birthday cake with a monkey on it. We celebrated with a lot of salsa music and a bunch of the 'grown ups' danced, not me though. Then came the piñata and as as the birthday girl I got to take first whack at it. I was blind folded, spun round a bunch of times and then,...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Monkey Troubles

It rained and rained and rained today so nothing special happened. We went out briefly when there was a short space between the passing rainclouds. On our way out we spotted one of the silver faced monkeys up in the trees not far from where we were. Up until now we have been too far away to get a photo of them so this seamed like a great opportunity to get a good shot. However our camera has been dropped, kicked and soaked so many times, that in an attemt to seek it's revenge it has started to refuse to switch on. So whilst I fiddled,...

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Jun 22, 2010 - Nachos by the pool

Today we walked to Samoe, a hotel in Golfito that has a pool and bar. It's a 15 minute walk from the family home, so by the time we got there we were all ready to dive right in. We sploshed about for a bit, swam and got splashed loads by the kids that were dive bombing us. Then hunger struck all three of us and we ordered some food and drinks. I have to say that Costa Rica is brilliant for any travelling vegetarian. I'm so used to having very little choice in Norway when we go out and eat, but here I have no problems what so ever....

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Jun 16, 2010 - White girl make tacos.

Today was taco-day. And being the newby of the house it was vitally important that I learn to make tacos and empinadas. It's pretty lively in the kitchen around dinner time, especially on tacoday... and especially when there's a clueless white girl trying to take instructions in Spanish, on how to make tacos. With much patience and a lot of giggles we finally got there and dinner was prepared. Eating dinner was as much of a challenge as preparing it, as I swear every mouthful brought me one step closer to a heart attack! Deep-fried tacos...

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Jun 15, 2010 - It's a jungle out there.

We wake up early to the sound of the rainforest outside the window. At the crack of dawn the tropical birds start singing their tropical songs and silver faced monkeys swing through the trees causing a cascade of leaves and branches. There's something that squarks and something that shreiks and something that kinda warbles. There's tweats ans twoots and kwrarks, buzzing, fluttering and swooping. The sounds that come from the forest are fantastic , magical and enchanting... A hive of activity and life that makes you realise how great life...

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