30 November 2023 Quepos (again)
In search of two bananas
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”Mark Twain
Alarm set for 9 am just in case, but I was awake at 07:05 am.
I packed up and left the apartment, leaving the keys on the table a few minutes after 11 am. It was a 10-minute walk to the bus stop at the corner of Calle la Curinga and Bahia.
The bus was 5-minutes late which was handy as I had misread the timetable. It’s an older type bus rather than a coach, and all the windows are open but it’s not uncomfortable. In fact, as we speed along the coast road with the Pacific Ocean in view, I feel a great sense of well being and gratitude. This is very different to the journey I experienced on the opposite journey just a few days ago!!!
The ‘surfing’ town Dominical looks like an interesting place to stay for a few days… maybe another time.
The whole journey took a little under two hours and I was able to check into my apartment before 2pm.
After dropping my bags, I returned to the Quepos bus station to buy a ticket for Saturday’s 1pm bus to San Jose, my last stop on this particular adventure.
With Saturday’s bus ticket tucked away for safety, I continued to walk to the seafront, where the low tide was on the turn and starting to submerge the sandbank. Two different groups of tourists, one American and the other Spanish, asked me to take photos for them in front of the town’s ‘QUEPOS’ sign. I was happy to oblige.
I returned to my accommodation via some backstreets that I hadn’t previously explored, and bought some pastries to have with coffee at the apartment.
I still don’t feel one hundred percent and without much of an appetite, which is very unusual for me, so I just relaxed in the afternoon and evening with some Duolingo Spanish lessons and a couple of episodes of Family Guy and American Dad.
I have my entry ticket for Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio which I bought online last week. I would like to start hiking when the park opens at 7 am so I will be setting my alarm for an early start tomorrow.
- Bus Uvita to Quepos € 4.50
- Pastries € 3.50
- 2 × Banana € 0.20
- Apartment booked directly with the host € 37 per night.