Hola from Costa Rica! I was hoping to blog every day but my plan hit a snag because my current hotel, La Mansion Inn in Manuel Antonio, doesn´t have wireless internet access in the rooms as promised, but at least I can check in by using the computer they make available to guests. Other than the lack of wifi, it´s a really nice place with incredible views and a very pretty pool area. I guess uploading my photos will have to wait until later this week — I have some great monkey photos I can´t wait to share.
So far I have been very impressed by the Costa Rican people — they are amazingly nice. I know that sounds like a cliche or a stereotype — like, c´mon, how can everyone be nice? Well, I´m sure everyone isn´t but so far I have been incredibly lucky with those whom I have come across. I think being friendly and accommodating may just be the Costa Rican way. In fact, they have even invented a word: twanis, i.e, ¨too nice.¨
Food has been another pleasant surprise. I had heard that Costa Rican food was not, overall, very good. But I have had delicious food here. Standouts would be Las Brasitas, a Costa Rican—Mexican place in Arenal, and Agua Azul, an eclectic place in Manuel Antotio that serves food like fajitas as well as an Asian-influenced tuna dishes. I´ve seen a lot of raw/seared tuna here, which I wasn´t expecting. But they can get it right from the Pacific, so why not? Also, I´ve been having lots of fresh fruit — in fruit cups and in exceptional pina coladas. When I get back to NYC, I can find plenty of tuna but I will miss the delicious fruit. It´s just not the same at home — bananas have such a superior flavor here. But I will probably miss the warm weather and the monkeys even more!