July 13, 2010
The post office (correo)
Took a ride before breakfast to the post office to see if my second package from my daughter had arrived from Quepos (Michael was forwarding it). This means biking through the whole town down main street, so it’s best to keep alert. Stopped at the ATM and then asked for the correo, since I didn’t find it where I thought it was. Turned out it was there, it just is almost invisible – not like the prominence they have visually in the U.S. They have one small sign in front of a dilapidated building. I brought two translations – one asking if there was any mail for me and another asking about the P.O. boxes, which I was told were on a waiting list. My mail hadn’t arrived yet but they do have boxes. Looks like they just added a whole bank of them. Unfortunately, I need a copy of the first two pages of my passport and I couldn’t find the spare I made in Quepos. I put it somewhere for safekeeping and now don’t know where I put it. By the time I returned home it had begun raining, with a downpour shortly thereafter. When it stops, it’s a trip to the MegaSuper for groceries. Hope they have maple syrup and the large packages of bacon today.
Decided to try the Tico bar last night, but both tables were busy. Decided to do my usual – buy a beer and stare at the players until someone invited me to play. The Pilson was the cheapest I’ve found in town, just 1,000 colones ($2). The tables are free. After drinking half the beer I decided to be aggressive and walked over to the table with two guys playing (one badly) and asked if they knew English. One did and I asked if I could join them. The bad player spoke a little English and let me take on his friend, who proceeded to beat me like a drum. Actually, I just played terribly, probably the result of not having any competition for a week (that’s my story an I’m sticking to it). Anyway, it was a good time.
Beatle Bar (http://www.thebeatlebar.com/aboutus.htm)
Going to Club Ole or farther down to Jaco Taco (http://jacotaco.com/requires) requires walking past the Beatle Bar. Sunday night, it looked like a fresh crop of tourists had arrived, as there was a line of taxis outside and more than the usual number of women in tight dresses and high heels. Time to make the rent, girls! Last night, it was just about as active. I read online the bar has two tables and the beer is reasonable. If I want to shoo the pretty girls away, who are only interested in your money, I can try here for pool.
Limon and Chacarita/Puntarenas
I’m still looking at these as possible relocation targets. There’s a nice apartment available in Pontarenas but it might not be by the end of the month (they offered me a discounted rent of $450 but only 3 units were still available). I may rent a car and take a day trip there shortly. Limon (Puerto Limon – http://www.govisitcostarica.com/region/limon/limon.asp) is another story and will require a longer trip and more expenses. It is on the Caribbean coast. The pros: might be a little cheaper, the surf is not nearly as heavy. Cons: insects may be a problem, possibly more crime, a good bit further from San Jose and a mostly African-Caribbean population. The drive from Jaco is 5-6 hours each way, so it would have to be at least a 3-day trip. Need to get my nerve up for that one. There’s no hurry, though, an attitude I’m getting more and more in to.