Outside after our tour, it was still raining quite heavily, but we walked for blocks, headed for a restaurant Gaby had in mind, for a plato del dia (plate of the day) of typical Tico food. That restaurant was not open for lunch on this day, much to Gaby’s disappointment, so we walked back a few blocks to a well-known panadería (bakery), where we had a large dinner of delicious, homemade food, still laughing about all the walking and the strange “art.”
Our evening was full as well! We had plans to go out with Tico friends Pey and Crhis and their 2 children. It was Pey’s birthday and we went to one of his favorite places, a Mexican restaurant, Antojeria (which translates to something like “cravings”), then to Pops for ice cream cones, with even a short stop for groceries at Mas X Menos (More for Less). Pey and Crhis have agreed to the the national trainers and coordinators of Teen Bible Quizzing here in Costa Rica. This in addition to being the youth ministry leaders of their local church and Pey's responsibilities a the Principle of a major Christian school here in San Jose. They will do a great job.
Thursday was, thankfully, a bit calmer, with classes and planning for our weekend away! Friday, after lessons and a quick lunch, we got to Economy car rental once again, loaded up our suitcases and Dan drove us to a place recommended by David and Shelley. It was farther than Jaco Beach (where we’d been a couple of weeks earlier), but we found the Hotel Playa Bejuco (say “PLAH-ya Bay-HOO-co”) at Bejuco Beach, got settled in, then walked about a half block to a long, shiny beach where a sunset was ready to blossom. We took photos, watched a few others stroll along this wide stretch of dark sand with constantly crashing waves, and totally relaxed! It was great to take a few deep breaths and not be on a schedule! Back at the hotel, we cleaned up and went to their restaurant. There were other guests, but we had a private dinner for a while, enjoying our refrescas (fruit drinks) and outstanding Sea Bass Cardinal and a pasta dish.
The beginning was about 30 minutes of a tram ride (it was like a ski left, but could hold probably 8 people) that took us up the mountain. One guide went ahead and one guide rode with us, pointing out an iguana on a branch and a 2-toed sloth, colorful birds and very interesting plants and trees. When we got to the top, we received instructions on the correct position for traveling the fastest on the zipline (so we’d be sure to reach the other side!). The first guy hooked himself up and went before us, to receive us on the other end. The second guy did all the “hooking up” we needed, then followed after us.
There were 10 runs of several hundred feet each. I’d had no idea this would be SO much fun! Without even a moment of fear, we flew over the green, green rainforest on the mountain. In the middle, it rained for a time, so we had to turn our heads or get pelted in the face… but the entire experience was awesome! And we would do it again in a heartbeat! We were also treated to a tour of their serpentarium – a display of live, venomous and non-poisonous snakes in glass cases.