Travel Time 6/14
Philly to Georgia, Flight 1. This was a VERY early morning, especially coupled with how late my night was yesterday. I was up packing until after 2, and had to wake up at 4:30am to catch a 6:30 am flight, needless to say, I was exhausted. I made sure to pack fuel for the trip including raspberries, nacho cheese raw kale chips (YUM!), bananas and of course my A Feast For Crows book to help get me through. I arrived about an hour before take off (my amazing mother dropped me off, gotta love that woman) and still only made my flight with less than a minute to spare. I was rushed into the first available seat and was very grumpy on my way to Georgia.
Georgia to San Jose, Flight 2. Things got infinitely better after I was able to stretch my legs and get my blood sugar up (yay bananas!). The Atlanta airport is so huge I had to take an indoor train to my new terminal, and I swear every male in this airport was an Falcons player. I got to sit and relax and eat so I didn’t even mind the 30-minute delay. I was also super happy when I boarded to plane to find my seat is in the very first row of the “economy” class, and the middle seat was empty! I was in charge of the emergency exit, but the extra legroom and larger seats are totally worth it.
I slept through a take off for the first time in my life and got a much-needed nap in for the next hour before I turned on my phone to start taking the obligatory plane scenery pictures. My GPS was working so I checked where we were and suddenly realized we’d be flying over Cuba! I know no one cares, but here are some awesome iPhone photos I took:
I seriously think it’s so cool that I got to see Cuba like this. It’s probably the only way I’ll ever be able to, plus it’s stunning. I was shocked how little of the land was developed and loved seeing the big clouds formed over the land and not the water around it. Flying over it kind of makes me mad I can’t visit there, I mean look how seriously blue and beautiful that water is!
The rest of the flight was a very serene trip over a very beautiful blue ocean and then a bumpy one through the clouds over Costa Rica. I know I was very grumpy when I got off my first flight, but I really do love flying. Seeing the world from this angle is such a blessing.
Arriving in San Jose. Wow. I suck. One of my bags didn’t make it out of the taxi. The important bag. The one with my passport, and phone, and money, and EVERYTHING else of value basically besides my free people calf length sweater. Thank god this driver turned out to be a great person and returned everything to me untouched.
Driving through the city was very much like driving on any one of the tropical islands in the Caribbean but much bigger and more populated. They all drive like maniacs, I honestly don’t know how there isn’t a 10 car pile up every 15 minutes. There is also a lot of poverty here, sorta typical for those who are native to paradise. Our hotel for the next few days is located right in the middle of everything it seems. After arriving and getting the purse situation straightened out, we all went to a restaurant for lunch that we barely had to walk to. As soon as you leave the hotel there are stores and street vendors and performers and places to eat and TONS of people. I was able to get a salad where we went so that was good, but I found it odd people kept coming in the dining room and trying to pedal whatever they were selling, something like that would never fly in the US.
The rest of the group arrived throughout the day and we were able start meeting each other. There are 19 of us, 4 boys and 15 girls. Pretty much everyone is biology and ecology, but there are a few non related majors like me!
The first thing we did after everyone arrived was go out for drinks, so it’s already shaping up to be an amazing summer.