It is What It is

Day 8:  Belize & ? 

We were up at 5am this morning to catch our ferry back to Belize City.  Last night we called Carlos to pick us up to go to the airport.  We arrived in Belize City before Carlos.  The other cab drivers tried to poach us from him.  We stood our ground and he arrived 10 minutes later.  He drove us to the airport where we waited for 2 hours before we could even check our bags.  In smaller developing countries, like Belize the airport check in desks are only opened for a certain period of time prior to the flights.  We then went through security where I was “spot checked”.  Instead of getting mad or irritated, I just went with the flow.  Again, “it is what it is”.  

We boarded the plane on the tarmac and headed for San Salvador.  No, El Salvador was not our final destination.  When we arrived at the airport in El Salvador, I thought that it looked so different, more developed than when I was last there in 2008.  I’m not sure if it really was or if it had just been too long since I was in El Salvador.  Either way, I get to get back there soon.

I wish our stay was longer and we got to leave the airport and grab some pupusas, but alas it was not meant to be.  We boarded our final plane for the day to (drum roll please)…COSTA RICA!!!!  The flight was fast and we got free food.  I would definitely recommend flying Avianca.  

We arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica and went to Immigration.  The lady persistently asked us questions about our journey.  Not understanding why we weren’t going back to the US after our trip.  After passing the 100 question quiz, we went to customs.  It was quick and painless. 

The not so quick and not so painless part was the car rental.  Renting a car in Costa Rica is expensive and sucks!  We got to Alamo only to find out that the insurance policy we purchased through Priceline (never use Priceline or Expedia) was invalid.  Two hours later everything was sorted out.  Until I got in the car and there was a light on the dashboard.  Turns out it was just the parking brake.  Driving in Costa Rica is an experience to say the least.  Navigation in the city is nearly impossible.  Laughs were had and we FINALLY made it to our AirBNB (sidenote: AirBNB is amazing.  It is super cheap and we have had total success so far on this journey).  Our host was kind and put up with our broken Spanish.  She was sweet and tried her best.  

We walked down the street to get some dinner and ended up at a Pupusaria of all places.  These were hands down the worst pupusas I have had in my life and I have had a lot of pupusas.  If you haven’t had them, they are this amazingness of beans and cheese and sometimes meat stuffed inside a tortilla.  They are (usually) delicious.  The restaurant was called Pupusaria Mayra in San Jose.  Avoid it at all costs.  We then went to market to get our lunch and breakfast items for the next few days along with water bottles.  NO TAP WATER!, even to brush your teeth in developing countries.

We were exhausted and went to bed early.  Excited to go to our first destination in Costa Rica tomorrow.

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