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Day seventeen, Mick and I said goodbye to our friends at the Aussie Hut: John and Roxie, Ian and V, and Jake and Natalie.

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The Aussie couple who owned the place, Charlie and Paul, called us a taxi.

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I took one last moment in the hammock before we had to go.

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Mick had an appointment back in San Juan del Sur for a tattoo. We were late but time seems to be not a big deal down there.

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We stayed the night in San Juan del Sur and headed back to the border in the morning.

Day eighteen, we grabbed a cab at 6 a.m. and had to exchange some change at the border for the exit tax. Once on the bus, we went through several police passport checks at the bus stops.

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We knew we were in Costa Rica when the landscape changed back to blankets of green.

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We arrived in San Jose around 3 p.m., just in time for check in.

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It was raining, so we needed our raincoats to walk to the cafe where we had dinner. Mick had the best pinto he had tasted during our stay and I couldn’t help but order a chocolate milkshake even though I was cold from the rain.

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That night we slept well.

Day nineteen, I almost didn’t want to go to the airport. When our taxi driver asked us how was our trip, Mick and I responded in unison: “Amazing!”

I ordered one last delicious pastery even though my stomach felt a little jumpy.

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Once at the airport, we filled out one last customs form before going to our gate.

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Many thanks to John and Roxie, whose destination wedding made this incredible vacation so memorable!

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Traveling and the Elderly

Day ten in Costa Rica, Mick and I caught the bus to spend some time with the newlyweds and their family. We accidentally overshot our bus stop while Mick was enjoying a good book.

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We were about to walk back, but a friendly Tico picked us up and allowed us to hitch hike. He dropped us off at his turn, but another car carried us the rest of the way. The kind people who picked us up worked at Barcelo, one of the resorts.

Once there, the security guards at the gate made us call John and Roxie to permit us to enter Los Delfines, the gated community.

John and Roxie were catching up with family members. I had a nice chat with Wilma, Roxie’s grandma, who braved the journey to Costa Rica, even though she was in her eighties.

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Another wedding guest, Don, came all the way from Australia, even though he was 88 years old.

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Pretty remarkable!

When we were finished with the family dinner, we scoped out the wildlife area on our way to the bus stop. A flock of white birds was gathered in a tree.

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By sunset, we could see Macaws traveling in pairs.

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Fireflies glinted as we waited for our bus, but it was getting late so John ended up giving us a ride. Once back at our hotel, we enjoyed a delicious desert of fried plantains and coconut ice cream.

Then it started to rain, so we put on our poncho and rain jacket to see what we could find. We came across this colorful frog.

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We found a few birds whose eyes reflected the light from our head lamps, but mostly the rest of the wildlife was sheltered from the rain, so we headed back for a relaxing evening and fell asleep to the sound of rain on the rooftops.

John and Roxie’s Wedding

Day six came with the arrival of the event that brought us to Costa Rica: John and Roxie’s wedding. We drove to the venue, Tambor Tropical.

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We were early enough to watch some of the set up.

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Despite some rain clouds rolling in, the ceremony turned out wonderful.

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Immediately after the ceremony, it began to rain, which is supposed to be good luck.

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The reception dinner was moved indoors but everyone was cool and relaxed.

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A three tiered cake was not possible despite plans, but cream puffs and custard tasted equally as good.

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A good time was had by all.

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What a beautiful destination wedding!

Rehearsal Dinner

Day five, we slept in and had a leisurely breakfast of eggs and rice.

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We decided that one nighttime adventure walking along the beach was enough, so we rented a car for a few days. The guy spoke really good English and told us where we could get the best views of the sunset.

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We drove to the rehearsal dinner and had pizza while we mingled with the guests.

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The bride and groom to be looked happy and relaxed.

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We headed home early for a good night’s sleep before the wedding day.

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