Well…finally we’ve locked in our lodgings…until July 4th (good day, eh?….sorry, evil Canuck influence).
What I mean to convey is that we now have our housing arrangements, thankfully, arranged to my satisfaction (basically this means BIG bed, A/C, internet….as well as conveniences like access to a washing machine). In the short term…a rather nice 2/1 apartment up the pike close to the beach, and for the longer term, a great 3/3 house (with its own pool) until July 4th.
And therein is the fly in the ointment. It used to be that an extension for a vehicle (an extra 90 days) was automatic. However, for some odd reason, the government of Costa Rica, which is “trying” to make tourism easy….has up’d their “rules” for cars. We’re hearing bad things….like if you go over your 90 days they’ll “nationalize” your vehicle (i.e. charge you ten grand to get it back).
NOT SO FAST, says I. So before any further commitment to stay here, we must check this out thoroughly. Which will entail a lot of hassle, so I’m told.
No matter, if it is impossible to stay in Costa Rica beyond the 4th of July, we’ll pack up the XT, and head north, to spend a leisurely return home….a week at the lake in Honduras, some time at the ruins in Copans, maybe another four-five days in Antigua de Guatemala….and then perhaps six-eight weeks in Puerto Escondido.
In the interim, I’m waiting for my good friend Paul to make his plans to come visit…and for those of you, my friends, who have been following this trip, we got the BIG HOUSE for a reason, ahem! No reservations necessary…first come first serve!
Time will tell. But we are here for now, enjoying the Pura Vida. Join us if your schedule permits….I’m dying to cook for a crowd!
~ Blonde Gator
P.S. XTerra has a slow leak in the left rear tire….we were feeling all superior about buying new tires…but I guess nails are everywhere (for you WM people, you know that to be a fact, LOL).