I’m going to call this day one even though it’s only half a day.
We flew into Liberia, Costa Rica on Tuesday Feb. 2nd. We immediately were hit with the heat. Holy cow it was hot. So much for 12 inches of snow at home. We were herded through customs like a cattle. It was so crazy, but we didn’t have to wait long so I’d guess that was good. This was the first time TNT and I have ever been out of the US so we had no idea what to expect.
Our first stamps in our passports!
And we soon found out just how loca the roads/drivers were. We were put on a bus that had the AC going full blast, thankfully! The bus rocked back and forth on the super narrow streets. People walked along the edge of the blacktop and it didn’t phase them one bit that we were inches from hitting them. I was by the window and kept grabbing TNT’s knee when things got close. There was even a guy herding his brahman cattle herd along the road. Just like you see on TV. I get motion sickness pretty easy and I had to keep a close eye on the distance so I didn’t get sick. We were very surprised at the way they lived. Very small houses/shacks. The people with more money had glass in their windows. They hung their clothes on the barb wire fence where the brahma cow was kept in the corral. Dust flying over the clothes. Seeing the way they live makes me very thankful for what we have. Puts your life in persepective when you see that. This was one of the nicer houses that had windows and paint.
It is their winter now but being this close to the equator doesn’t mean jack basically. The temps all week were in the mid 90’s. Their air is more humid than it is at home, but I don’t think after that first day it was that humid. This is their dry time of the year and the land def looked like it could use a good drink of rain. I’m sure in the rainy season it is very pretty green and very humid!
This is the country side that is pasture for their very scrawny cattle herd.
I took this with my phone so it is hard to see but this little shack had no glass in the windows and no doors. The thing I noticed when we could see in a shack it was clean. Just because they live like that doesn’t mean they are dirty. Some places, just like in the US are trashy, but for the most part people keep their property fairly clean.
We landed in Liberia (A) and traveled an hour by bus to the resort (B). It looks far from the beach but it was only a 10 min walk.
After an hour bus ride we arrived at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa. Even though there was a bus load of people luggage pickup and check in was super fast. We were on a little shuttle pickup to take us to our room. We were in the perfect spot on the resort about 4 blocks from the stores, resturants and pool.
Our room is on the top left. AC going full blast when we walked in! We did not turn the thing off once.
Notice a cerveza in TNT’s hand already? lol
We walked around and scoped out the place as soon as we arrived. TNT found the bar right away and I chugged a bottle of water. That evening we had cocktail hour at 5 and then supper at 6:00 with the seed group in the Mitra which is the international buffet. We met up with the group from the night before. I turned in about 8:30 and TNT went to the bar for a few beers, but he was in the room by 10. Said he met another seed dealer from South Dakota. I think there was 160 some with this seed company. Some were families of the owner, some were regional/district managers, employees and then the rest and majority were seed dealers like TNT.
One couple is from Colorado and another from Nebraska that we really got along with and spent most of our days/evenings with. There was another couple who live 50 miles from us that we sat with at supper a few times also. They went on a lot of the excursions each day so there was only one day we spent the day with them.