11.02.2016 - 14.02.2016
Costa Rica was a bit of a flash in the pan given the price of, well, everything. And also our usual unpreparedness.
After five countries where an exit ticket was not necessary, we mistakenly assumed Costa Rica would be the same, unfortunately not the case, so we were forced to purchase a bus ticket from San Jose to Panama upon entry. This in turn meant that unless we wanted to forfeit the ticket, we would essentially be skipping the entire country. So unless it wasn't already obvious, its always best to check these things before arriving to a border.
Pal had gotten sucked back into the San Juan del Sur trap for what turned out to be just one day before he realised he really just couldn't live without us and joined us in San Jose.
We spent a few days enjoying the creature comforts offered by our hostel; hot showers being the standout, before moving south to David, Panama. For anyone travelling to San Jose, I would absolutely recommend staying at Trip On Open House Hostel. This place felt like a hotel to us.
Although Costa Rica is an expensive country; from what I have seen in books and on online, it is a beautiful country and somewhere I will return in the future. Albeit with a bigger bank balance and a planned exit ticket.