Limón, Costa Rica
Friday: After a morning of packing and checking out of our Airbnb, there was- of course- lots of traffic and we were rushing to get to my host family’s house, and then to the bus station on time. Luckily we made it and I was glad that I had called ahead of time to reserve our seats… UNTIL the man at the ticket kiosk told me that we weren’t there 30 minutes before so the reserved seats were given away. Except 1) NOBODY TOLD ME THAT. In fact, the man I talked to on the phone when I called about the tickets took my name, told me I was all set, and then hung up before I could say anything further. 2) We were probably there 20 minutes early.
We ended up meeting a man who was also on his way to Limón so we shared a cab with him to the other bus station where we got some of the last seats on the 12:30 bus. Of course that meant that we were in the back row of the bus sitting in between people who had no regard for personal space. For nearly five hours. Once we got to Limón we took another bus to Manzanillo, the town we were staying in. The host at our Airbnb, Marilyn, was nice enough to pick us up at the bus station in Manzanillo (which is actually isn’t a station at all). Then Tommy and I got to see the gorgeous jungle house her husband built.
Saturday: On Saturday morning we got up and realized that we did not have enough time to both get breakfast AND make our way to the Jaguar Rescue Center we planned on seeing, so after arguing about which way to go we began walking towards the animal sanctuary, figuring that the bus would go by and could pick us up on the way. After about 45 minutes of walking we realized that we were never going to get there in time, and we needed to do something else. That something else was hitchhiking… we ended up getting a ride from a Canadian couple who had asked us for directions going the opposite way almost an hour before. They decided to accompany us to the sanctuary and then we weirdly enough spent the entire day together, including going out for lunch and going to the beach, then they took us home and we parted ways. It was a lot of fun getting to know this couple and just goes to show that one of the best parts of traveling is the people you meet and the stories you hear along the way.
The rescue center was so great; all of the animals there have been rescued by locals and brought to the center to be rehabilitated. Most of them are brought as babies and are nursed to health by the people who work at the center. Nearly all of the animals have plans to be reintroduced back into the wild and are very well taken care of during their time there. There’s even a group of monkeys that lives and migrates around the area that makes it easier for the danger monkeys to integrate back into the wild. And OBVIOUSLY I freaked out after seeing the most adorable little baby sloths snuggling with their teddy bears….. Tommy also bought me the book I’ve been wanting- it’s an adorable picture book about a Costa Rican manatee and it’s both in English and Spanish! I’m so excited to read it to my students!!!