Monday 30th December
Today i travelled from monteverde to Manuel Antonio, in time for new years! this involved waking up at some godforsaken hour and taking a bus to san jose then another to manuel antonio. When i got to san jose the buses were sold out until the 2pm one so i had 2 and a half hours to kill. spent the whole time on facebook. Then after another 5 hour bus i arrived! luckily had met a lovely couple, geno and tara on the bus and so went with them to National Park Backpackers Manuel Antonio.. as the name suggests, it was right next to the national park and right next to the beach! had a pretty chilled night.
Tuesday 31st December
spent the day on the beach and got VERY burnt on a small section of my stomach... was not comfortable!! then went to quepos, the nearest major town, with geno and tara to get tara a memory stick and me some alcohol! needless to say, what i got was not enough haha and then got dressed up for new years!! put on a dress and makeup and everything! at the hostel there were quite a few people from monteverde so by the time serious drinking happened there was geno, tara, me, 3 french people, a german girl working at the restaurant and 2 americans. We played music and drinking games and then headed to the beach and saw fire twirling and dancing and fireworks. it was a really great new years, not too crowded and i was with friends
Wednesday 1st January
Had planned to head to the carribean side today by taking the 6am bus. HA. woke up, put on my shorts and fell asleep again. literally spent the whole day in bed with the worst hangover. i didnt drink enough water because i didnt have any bottled, and you cant drink tap. NEVER again. i think i really knocked on heavens door..
Thursday 2nd January
Made it to puerto viejo on the carribean side! checked into Rocking Js and only hammocks were left.. turns out they are okay to sleep in after a beer or 2! met up with david and daniel from nicaragua and had dinner. David wanted pizza but the place was closed, and daniel wanted chocolate cake for desert, but by the time we got there, that place was closed! went to bed pretty knackered from another long day travelling.
Friday 3rd January
Today we rented bikes and went to the 2 neighbouring beaches that were really lovely! the first one we played frisbee and swam in, and the second was a bit dangerous so we just sat on the sand and contemplated life. Since it was largely by the coast and flat, i really enjoyed the bike ride. I love jungle backed beaches!!! that night we got pizza and chocolate cake!
Saturday 4th January
Having spent about a week in Costa Rica i decided it was WAYY to expensive for me and that joining david and daniel for a couple of days in panama was a good idea. So a bus, border crossing, bus and boat later, we arrived at Bocas del Toro. we searched a bit for a hostel and then landed on this lovely one called Mondo Taitu, that is apparently quite famous in town for illicit substances. we settled in and then spotted martina and ellen (from nicaragua) across the street. after a short conversation we decided that that night we would head to their hostel for their infamous saturday night party. pretty much chilled out til then. and then again, got drunk, danced and had a fantastic time. between 9.30 and 10.30 it was ladies hour and drinks were free, so i kept on getting drinks, sculling and topping up david and daniels cups. we stood outside dancing in the rain until the main party began. It was great! the hostel it was at was pretty cool too (aqua lounge). it had 2 pools cut into the deck and swings that went into the pool! i think it also had a trampoline but that was closed.
Sunday 5th January
Had planned to go to nearby beaches and snorkel and see dolphins today, but the weather was awful. Luckily because i made the mistake of again not drinking enough water.. AHHHH why is the tap water SO bad!!! so i spent another day seeing the light. Went out for dinner with david, ,daniel, ellena and martina and had a very tired pizza and then crashed.
Monday 6th January
Woke up early again to get the boat bus bus to san jose, was pretty easy and arrived in san jose. Stayed in the same hostel as the last time i was there and nothing particularly interesting happened.
Tuesday 7th January
Tried to go clothes shopping today but it was a major fail. i asked at the hostel were a good mall was but the one i ended up at, 80% of the shops were for rent and majority of others were phone or other electronic shops. Went to the main street and had a look but it was all a bit expensive, australian prices!
Caught the hostel shuttle to the airport where i spent about 3 hours waiting for my flight to colombia. When i arrived i collected my bags and for the first 10 minutes, couldnt find daniela.. and then i saw her and gave her the biggest hug ever! it was SO AMAZING to see her again. Got to her house in bogota and crashed.