10.01.2007 - 13.02.2007
Yeah, it´s been a while since i´ve posted something, but in case you were wondering, i am still alive and well. I am back in the capital city, San Jose, and I fly to Madrid tomorrow (Feb 14th). I´m excited to see Europe, and my friends from home who I´ll be meeting up with while i´m there.
After staying in Santa Teresa for about three weeks, I finally decided to change up the daily surf-hammock-surf routine and do some actual travelling. I camped out for a few nights in nearby Montezuma, which had some beautiful beaches and waterfalls. I went as far north as Tamarindo, then met up with some hostel friends from Santa Teresa and took a road trip towards the southern pacific coast, stopping in Quepos/ Manuel Antonio before heading our separate ways. I ended up staying in Dominical for a few days, and lucked out with some really good surfing. While i was there I ran into some santa teresa hostel friends once again, and they told me that i had to go to Pavones, a small fishing village near the border of Panama in the southwest corner of the country where they had just been. Apparently when a swell comes in from the right direction it has the longest wave in the country, and you can ride a single wave for so long that your legs get tired. I left Domincal for Pavones, and after spending a night in Uvita (more beautiful beaches and waterfalls) i was on the road again. Unfortunately, by the time i showed up in Pavones the ocean was lake-like. I guess i learned that before lugging heavy bags and a surfboard onto several busses (some of which likely transported New Mexico school children in the early 70´s), it is best to first check the surf report. Nothing wrong with seeing some new places though, anyway.
I´ve spent the past few nights on the Caribbean coast in Puerto Viejo. It was a nice place... good beaches, lots of rasta dudes, and Bob Marley playing from somewhere 24/7. The coral reef break wave there, the infamous ¨Salsa Brava¨ (Angry Sauce) was none too brava until this morning, but i had already sold my board the day before. Though I didn´t get quite as much surfing in as i would have liked to during my last week here, i have done plenty of it during the last month or so. Costa Rica has been a great time, and I´ve met some really cool people from all over the world who i´d be glad to run into again.
The next time i write something will be from Europe... no more living in board shorts (for now), but I´m happy to trade the hot weather for the people and sights that are waiting for me on the other side of the pond.