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Puerto Viejo 

Kansas hits another coast in Costa Rica.


Norval, Mike and I have come to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and thank christ the net is full of photos to swipe: my Canon SX110 camera up and quit working; a look on the interconnector shows many people complaining about the problem my camera suddenly has. The same thing happened with my Dell Inspiron: the bottom third of the screen went crazy plaid and it turns out to be a flaw many experience.

So after the camera kakked I was feeling bummed and went for another bike ride and then sat glowering on the beach. When I came back from the beach (like, ten steps away) a convoy of ants was carting home pieces of bright green leaf, all of them trudging along in single file, looking like tiny windsurfers with emerald sails. That made me feel better. No camera: no problemo: I'll get images off the net.

We are staying at Banana Azul, at the Playa Negra end of Puerto Viejo. It is hot hot hot and very humid. On my bike rides and walks I sweat sweat sweat. I am starting to think about revising my lifelong policy of not wearing sleeveless shirts.

Azul is lovely—pool and beach and open restaurant/hang out space; cat, dogs, turtles, geckos, koi (and bats as evening approaches). I am in one of the 'Garden Suites' with a giant green tiled tub in a big private garden/tub room.

Note to TT: watched TV last night for first time in ages and saw my first two episodes of Nurse Jackie. Holy shit—so great.

Puerto Viejo is a ganga/surfer small town, a bit rough (the roads sure are) in comparison with Manuel Antonio, which is over on the Pacific side. There the waves are smaller and the water undulates; here it is rougher and the bay even feels a little like St. Margarets Bay on the NS south shore: the waves are closer and curl in a way similar to those at Queensland Beach. The water here is about a thousand degrees warmer.

Tomorrow Norval and Mike go back to Alajuela via San Jose; I plan to detour to Bocas del Toro, a group of islands off the coast of Panama. Hey, they're so close! The plan is to take a bus to Sixoula, on the border with Panama, then walk across the bridge between the two countries and get a bus to get a water taxi to Colon, the main island, and then another water taxi for the "two minute" ride to the island next door. I'll let you know.

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