We are on a new adventure in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua which will involve numerous photos and blog posts because not only is this a very interesting new experience, itis a really beautiful area. We came here on the bus.
On our first day (Tuesday) we travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica. It rained most of the time and then got dark so we couldn’t see much on the ride up. We were only in San Jose for a night but loved what we saw in our limited time. Unfortunately I poked the wrong thing on my new camera and lost those photos, but hopefully we can spend more time there and get to know the city a bit better.
My first impressions of San Jose were of a more established city with older buildings and more history going back decades (unlike Panama who’s considerable growth has been quite recent). There were many people on foot in the street, a large variety of people of many colors and some with piercings, tattoos, interesting hair colors, and other modes of self expression not usually seen in Panama. There also seemed to be every sort of familiar fast food, more so than in Panama. It felt good there, relaxed, interesting, happy, and a place where I would like to spend more time.
Wednesday we got back n the bus and traveled to Liberia, Costa Rica. It was a beautiful sunny day and this time I did not lose the photos.
As we left the city, vendors were taking advantage of slow traffic areas. This one was spellings toys and balls
We passed the San Jose Airport (I believe this is the main airport judging by the number of full size planes there)
There was a lot of fruit for sale by the side of the road, especially these mammon chinos. This guy was selling them out of the back of the car.
Pollo al Carbon? This chicken was roasting over a charcoal fire, and it probably tasted great.
We saw lots of beautiful scenery!
We also saw a lot of coffee!
Some higher areas were misty in the clouds
One of many fruit stands along the road
The bus stopped so we could have a break and a bit to eat. I was very impressed with the woodwork we saw there.
This rest stop had very interesting tables
I loved this woodwork
Another very interesting table
This horse looks mournful in the corner
After driving through mountains and stopping for a break, we started getting into more flat land that reminded me of our area in Panama.
This is starting to look like Panama, even including the living fences
One area had tons of pineapples
We also saw beautiful green fields of rice
They were working hard on some of the roads
We landed in Liberia, easily found the hotel recommended by our friends (Hotel Bramadero
) and the gal there sent us off for bus tickets for the next day. This took us to the Central Park and main part of town which I was happy to see.
The church on the town square in Liberia
The Central Park in Liberia
This tree had very interesting roots
I can’t remember if this is the judicial center or town hall.
Levant cola = raise your tail.
There was this huge rubber tree at the entrance to our hotel
Jocote fruit was being sold on the street. I don’t care for the starchy tasting green ones, but the riper red ones are sweet and flavorful. There is a large pit in the center though, so not a lot of fruit.
Our hotel was lovely
There was a guy out in traffic selling sunglasses
Waiting for the bus, looking down the street from our hotel
Burger King, Papa John, and a chicken restaurant across from the hotel
The hotel restaurant where we had a great dinner and breakfast. The bus stopped right in front too.
We spent the night in Libera, and the next day we crossed the border into Nicaragua. Of course there are more photos!