We met Audrey at the San Jose airport, met our driver, Daniel, and boarded the van for the first stop - Tronadora on the west shore of Lake Arenal.
We are staying at an estate on a hill overlooking Lake Arenal. It is almost indescribably beautiful. Lush green vegetation and rich yellow and red flowers are everywhere. I strolled around the grounds in the early morning sipping Costa Rican coffee and taking some pictures. We took a taxi into town for lunch and spent the next four hours in a local bar watching the Costa Rica - Netherlands World Cup quarter final match. It would have been better if Costa Rica had won, but it was exciting nonetheless.
It rains in Costa Rica, a lot. I guess that’s why they call it a rain forest.
I intentionally booked this trip in two parts. The first part is at a house on a lake in the rural part of the country with very little to do. The idea was to give everyone a few days to rest and relax. The second part of the trip, which begins tomorrow, is in a more tourist area with lots of activities.
We haven’t done much the last two days but hang out at the house, but that was the idea.
Robin and I awoke early in the morning to the house shaking. The house always moves a little, so we didn’t think much of it. Not until we were asked on Facebook if the earthquake reached us did I look it up and discover there was indeed an earthquake at that time. I was a 4.9 magnitude quake centered 18 miles from us. Now I can say I’ve felt my first earthquake.
It rained again today. Shocking, I know.
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