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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

dsc02140When you think Costa Rica, one thinks volcanos, rain forests, beaches, and jungles. We get into those areas in this Costa Rica Podcast.

If you’re seeking a place in the jungle and don’t like to get your hair wet, if you know what I’m saying, we grabbed a five-star, worthy of praises. It’s a great family resort set in the jungle.

dsc02155Listen in for those stories and more on this episode of Stories Faces Places. We’ve split Costa Rica into two episodes. This one is Arenal. The previous one is  the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. Click here to go to that one.

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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Pictures and Video

View from the room
View from the room
Humming Bird outside room
Humming Bird outside room
The Springs Resort one of the pools
The Springs Resort one of the pools
The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort
The Springs Resort
Tierra Mia, Hiener
Tierra Mia, Hiener
Tierra Mia, Chef Jorge and his Wife
Tierra Mia, Chef Jorge and his Wife
One of the many hot water springs
One of the many hot water springs
Swimming at the waterfall
Swimming at the waterfall

 

San Jose, Costa Rica: Scenes from the City

Central Avenue, Broccoli Vendor
Central Avenue, Broccoli Vendor
Inside Chelles San Jose
Inside Chelles San Jose
National Theater, San Jose
National Theater, San Jose
San Jose, Square
San Jose, Square
Central Market Vendor
Central Market Vendor
Laura Walking Through Central Market
Laura Walking Through Central Market
sanjosecrparade
Parade, San Jose

Click here to visit the next Stories Faces Places will return with more Costa Rica. We visit the Arenal Volcano area, stay in a posh hotel in the jungle, interview one of the best Chefs in La Fortuna, swim under a huge waterfall, and share more stories.

San Jose, Costa Rica: Don’t Miss Sharing a Different Culture

“Al, I found a flight to Vietnam for only Five Hundred Forty Nine, round trip,” Laura said. “It will be a great add-on.”

We were in San Diego, California. Some how I couldn’t see Vietnam being a quick little add-on to our visit to Southern California. Knowing her passion to travel, and armed with the knowledge of her convenient excuse to find a way to get from one place not so exotic to another place very exotic, I treaded with caution. After all, the flight seemed cheap, but it was the time involved that had me on the defense.

“How many hours is the flight?” I asked with the full knowledge of my next answer.

“Fifteen hours to Hong Kong and then another 4 give or take,” she responded with the certainty that this was a done deal.

“I can’t do it,” I said and kept quiet for the next response.

After a minute had passed and still no response from Laura, I wondered. Had I used that stay silent tactic one too many times and she’s wise to it, giving me the same treatment in return?

As the silence wore on, I started to wonder who would break first. I couldn’t believe it.  I broke silence first, the pain was agonizing. I still felt confident that I had her.

“Hey, why don’t we stay closer,” I said. “What about San Jose?”

I’m thinking, great, we’ll go up the California coast, visit San Fran., and maybe jump up to Napa. With all those alternatives, I thought that this is a lock.

“Sounds great,” she said, “I’ll look into it.”

Some how, San Jose, California is spelled Costa Rica.

San Jose, Costa Rica, the once bustling Central American city where U.S. President’s, albeit from the nineteen sixties,  visited, was where we ended up. My California dreaming was over.

Arrival into San Jose leaves one, well, a little under whelmed, to say it mildly. It’s a place that has seen better days, and claims now to be on a resurgence. After an interview with one local, I became a believer. Great things are happening to San Jose.

Good or bad, I’m not sure, but just fifteen or so years ago Costa Rica was the place to which many Americans flocked. Inexpensive retirement homes was the draw. As usual with us Americans, the flock became a roar. Why can’t we ever do things slowly?  Prices quickly boomed. Then the economic crash came and housing prices have still yet to recover fully in much of Central America.  But I’m certain as we American’s do, like the proverbial bull in the shop of fine china, our insatiable appetite, I’m not talking food here, will rule. The uncontrollable desire, the fear that we may miss out on something will be in control, sending housing prices over the top again, and finally setting up the cycle to repeat itself. When are we going to learn?

Prices in restaurants at some of the tourist destinations are inflated and the quality of food is deflated. We found two restaurants worthy of praises for food quality and price.

When you think Costa Rica, one thinks volcanos, rain forests, beaches, and jungles. We get into those areas in part two of our Costa Rica Podcasts.

If you’re seeking a place in the jungle and don’t like to get your hair wet, if you know what I’m saying, we grabbed a five-star, worthy of praises.  It’s a great family resort set in the jungle.

Listen in for those stories and more on this episode and the next of Stories Faces Places. We’ve split Costa Rica into two episodes. This one is San Jose. The next one will be the Arenal Volcano area.

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