Hola chicos y chicas,
Today was a day full of travelling. After a lovely dinner and a relaxing sleep in the hotel we headed to Gatwick Airport.
One easy bag drop and a stroll through security later, all we had to do was to pick up a few bits of food for the plane (you can never trust plane food) and extra mosquito sprays (you can never be too careful) and then it was time to head to the gate. As it was a large plane we boarded quite early and everything ran very smoothly, before we knew it we were up in the air and starting our 11 hour flight to San Jose!!
Throughout the flight we all watched multiple films (thanks BA for top movie choices) and ate plenty of food, which we can all agree was the best plane food we’ve had, including my fav graze box (top marks again BA).
11 hours later we landed and we were swiftly introduced to the Tico’s “pura Vida” lifestyle. After a thorough passport control inspection, we went outside to find out transfer to the hotel. We found everyone in Costa Rica is so kind and helpful, helping us to find our transfer and calling our driver to see where he was. We were told to wait 5-10 minutes (which ended up being about 25 minutes, in pura Vida style) as there was bad traffic but this is simply the relaxed attitude they have – they never mean the time they say haha (definitely a test of patience for mum)!
Due to a taxi protest the traffic was awful but we quite enjoyed our hour transfer to our hotel as our lovely driver (Paulo) gave us lots of information and recommendations for the places we are going to be visiting.
After checking into our hotel (Don Carlos Hotel – run by the Don Carlos family for 4 generations) we headed up to our room to freshen up shortly followed by a welcome drink and some nachos and quesadillas to keep us going. By this time we were exhausted. With a 7 hour time difference it meant we headed up to bed at about 3am British time: as mum isn’t used to going on nights out this was absurd for her.
In the hotel we quickly realised just how much everyone in Costa Rica wants to help save the planet and the environment with signs all over the hotel reminding you to save water and turn off lights. And so, after a very quick shower we were in bed and more than ready for a restful night to prepare us for a busy day of travelling to our first destination.
Ciao x x
P.s. it’s been 1 night and I already miss Love Island.