We are out in the sticks in Guacimo, near Orotina, and our host Rita and her dog Zarra live in a huge house on a spectacularly well-manicured plot of land, complete with swimming pool and watchman.
Only after arriving did we find out that Rita had signed up as a Couchsurfing host the day before we messaged her! She has been living by herself for some time now, and her Nebraska-based daughter suggested the site as a good way to meet people. And how!
Rita has given us more than we could have ever asked for, constantly refusing our offers to chip in. We’ve cooked and eaten all of our meals together, gone to the beach together, played Rummikub together, and have even been offered to use a car if we’d like. We had a great time last night at a rural outdoor salsa dance party, although Amy was annoyed that etiquette forbade her from asking men to dance. (Explanation: “Rural women are aggressive about their men because they are always unfaithful.”)
Jay is still waiting to see a [not cloudy] night sky, though we did momentarily spot the Moon yesterday. It’s peaceful out here, but it’s also far from town. Our stay would be far less awesome had Rita not jumped at the opportunity to play tour guide and drive us around.
We may move on to our next host in Jaco tomorrow, or stick around and practice (Jay) / learn (Amy) how to drive a stick shift.
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