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May 2nd, 2012

Day 7 in costa rica

We finally left Mal Pais... And I'm glad. Though we had some good times, like learning how to surf... The amount of bugs and the lack of good roads to walk on and all the dust really wore on me. We took a shuttle to montezuma, and then a water taxi to cross the ocean to the other side of the country. 

We were happy to see asphalt roads! We also keep meeting French speaking tourists and it makes me want to continue to learn French. My Spanish is improving a little... I went from knowing nothing to being able to baby speak it. 

We arrived at Gaia hotel and was greeted with a cocktail and over eager to please staff. Andy and I got a complimentary 20 minutes couple massage.  I like Manuel Antonio already!

It rained so we stayed in the hotel for a rainy sunset.

day 8 in costa rica: rafting

we woke up early, around 7 am, had delicious breakfast at the gaia hotel... then a van picked us up, and we drove for about an hour up some crazy tiny roads to run the savagre (savage) river. It was mostly class II/+ rapids. Andy and I rafted with two cute girls from Spain and it was quite marvelous. We both got sun-burned though. I love white water. It reminded me of the time I ran the rogue river in Oregon, and that made me look at kayaking schools... I've always wanted to do one, I think I'm going to put it on my todo list.

We had a marvelous guide, Fabian, who gave us a lot of nature info, and was also funny and kept trying to fuck us over, like almost tip us over, or make us run into giant bumps. We also swam in our life jackets, and I ran two mini rapids that way.. they told us to have our feet up and float on our backs so that we don't get caught on rocks. But that way I kept drinking and snorting river water.

We got back to the hotel, and Andy grabbed some dinner from El Aredo restaurant in Quepos, and we had another rainy sunset. We watched The Help, and had more delicious fruity cocktails.