April 13 , 2008


After a delicious outdoor breakfast on the patio at our hotel, Orquideas in Alajuela we had a group meeting. We talked about team traits and decided we were going to be a good one.

We left for Santa Elena after lunch, driving on the Pan American Highway until Sardinal when we turned to heas north up the mountain slope. After a few kilometers of pavement, the road turned to dirt and it was slow going, our driver, Abel, was great and very careful so we survived the many curves, boulders and harrowing edges. We arrived in Sta. Elena about 4:00pm under still-sunny skies, for which we were grateful. We are staying at the Amanecer Hotel, a lovely place, filled with wood everywhere. Our hosts Irene, her mother Rosa and daughter Karla. We took a quick walk around our new town while Nia dealt with the bad news of a teachers’ strike which may potentially interfere with our work at the high school. Lots of ideas are being tossed about as substitutes, as well as some suggestions that 3 of us simply go touring about the country while Sally works. Vetoed by Sally, after a lovely dinner, we settled in upstairs for a second meeting, sharing our personal goals for our stay.

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