...Spirit Air will connect me to the beautiful Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to the west(?) of metropolitan San Jose, Costa Rica, for the winter dry season. Since I was unwilling to pay extra for an assigned seat I will not have had a chance to watch the Russian Navy exercise with the Venezuelan Navy in the Caribbean. Also, by limiting my round-trip fare to $403 I will only have one stuffed duffle bag and my backpack to carry down to the bus stop. According to my daily weather reports the temperature will be reaching 76 degrees F (-32/2=22C).
I want to visit the 7th Ave book store, the national map place, and the Tracopa bus station before they close. I haven't yet decided between the familiar and cheap spartan backpacker Gallileo Hostel and something closer and more expensive ($40+) downtown.
The one thing that I can count on is that it will be an adventure. Perhaps it will rain in the afternoon. I want to buy my bus ticket for about 6:00 AM if the schedule hasn't changed. This will get me over the mountain of death (Cerro del Muerte) before the afternoon clouds rise to obscure the grande vistas. For me, the trip is a seven-and-a-half-hour tour of a dozen or more ecological zones.
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gracias, pura vida