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Old 01-06-2013, 02:43 AM   #31
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Heard from Delta that they cancelled my flight home. Goodbye reasonable arrival time in Boston.

Instead of coming home via this: leave Liberia in the morning, change planes in Atlanta (about 2 hour layover) and then arrive in Boson at 7 pm.

Now we leave Liberia at noon, change planes in Atlanta (about 2 hour layover) and then arrive in Boson at midnight.

Lesson Learned #1 = A year in advance in NOT too far out to book your ABD.
Lesson Learned #2 = Be flexible. Things can and will change.
We had a flight change as well on our return flight from Costa Rica. We were flying with Frontier, who a few months after booking, decided they did not fly from SJ, CR on Sundays. We were able to change it, free of charge, to a flight with *I THINK* US Airways. Layover was then in Phoenix, which IMO, was better than Denver in mid-January. I was so worked of snow making us miss our connecting flights!!!

Anyhow, you will LOVE Costa Rica. My favorite international trip so far. (But I haven't been to many lol)
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:01 PM   #32
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Bobo: I'll have to keep an eye on Delta now too. Fingers crossed for an event free day of travel on March 22nd!

tufbuf: your signature has me in a state of wonderous envy. Stay tuned for the trip report!!

dizneekrazy: I'm sort of obsessed about snow ruining my trip too so I completely understand. That's why we are leaving a day early which turns out to be the Ides of March! I sure can pick em.

Update time!

Chica and I are very excited. The trip is getting closer and we really need a vacation. Final payment was made last month. Remaining balance is ~*~zero~*~ my favorite balance.

Bought some new bathing suits, a water sport type of shirt for the rafting trip, and ... loads of pocket packs of tissues. Why, you ask? Because .... we were told that toilet tissue isn't available with the same ... errr.. frequency (?) ... in CR as it is in the US? Not sure if this is true but since we are arriving a day early and staying a day late and partaking in some non-Disney sponsored activities, we'd be better off prepared then left wanting.


We were also told to load up on the bug spray. Need to do that next.

I reviewed the itinerary and came up with some ideas on how to spend our extra time in CR. Our Day 1 in CR is really Day 0 for everyone else. We arrive in CR at noon and will most likely spend the day resting and relaxing at the hotel after a weary day of travel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 (or DDay 1 - Disney Day 1 lol) is when everyone else arrives but we can go explore San Jose. We settled on 3 choices and will let the ABD staff point us in the right direction but I am leaning towards the coffee tour.

1. Tour the Cafe Britt Coffee Plantation - pricey but impressive looking tours



2. Sarchi Village - seems like a village full of tourist trinkets for sale?



3. Pueblo Antiguo - billed as the Colonial Williamsburg of CR



Dinner will be at a local place the ABD guides recommend because our Welcome dinner isn't until Day 3 (DDay 2). We won't actually meet our fellow tour groupers until Morning of Day 3 (DDay 2).


Then for our last day in CR - Day 8 (DDay 7) - Playa Hermosa, Guancaste - we are thinking of booking an ATV tour with Tico Tours in the morning and then their snorkel/sunset sail in the evening. Of course, again, we'll let the ABD staff steer us in the right direction but that's what appeals to us the most after some quick research.


This is going to be an amazing adventure. Unlike anything we've ever done before. And I can't wait!
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:32 AM   #33
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I'll be anxiously awaiting your report. We're booked on the 3/15/14 trip, so exactly a year after you! Playing around with how much time to spend on our own before and/or after, so I'll be interested to hear what you find.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:15 AM   #34
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Another intrepid Ides of March traveller. lol What's vacation without the risk of a few superstitious jinxes, right? Which segues nicely to out next topic - Well sort of...

Here in Boston, the talk of the town is the recent flu outbreak which is rampant I guess? I don't know anyone who has it. But it got me thinking about flu shots which got me thinking about other shots. So I called Dr and told her about upcoming trip to Costa Rica. She looked at my previous vaccinations (warning: I am old) and I now have an appointment to get Hep A (for food and water illnesses), Hep B (for blood stuff like if I get a cut), typhoid (for typhoid) and a flue shot! La Chica too but she doesnt need the Hep B because she had it in high school. Dr doesn't think we need any malaria prevention

So much depended on my history and which parts of Costa Rica we were visiting so I guess this could be different for each individual. And my Dr is known for being overly cautious so I wouldn't at all be surprised if someone else's Dr has a completely different take on this subject. I'm not promoting anything. I'm simply reporting my pre-trip events.
phew... get that out of the way so we get back to the fun stuff.
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Another intrepid Ides of March traveller. lol What's vacation without the risk of a few superstitious jinxes, right? Which segues nicely to out next topic - Well sort of...

Here in Boston, the talk of the town is the recent flu outbreak which is rampant I guess? I don't know anyone who has it. But it got me thinking about flu shots which got me thinking about other shots. So I called Dr and told her about upcoming trip to Costa Rica. She looked at my previous vaccinations (warning: I am old) and I now have an appointment to get Hep A (for food and water illnesses), Hep B (for blood stuff like if I get a cut), typhoid (for typhoid) and a flue shot! La Chica too but she doesnt need the Hep B because she had it in high school. Dr doesn't think we need any malaria prevention

So much depended on my history and which parts of Costa Rica we were visiting so I guess this could be different for each individual. And my Dr is known for being overly cautious so I wouldn't at all be surprised if someone else's Dr has a completely different take on this subject. I'm not promoting anything. I'm simply reporting my pre-trip events.
phew... get that out of the way so we get back to the fun stuff.
Now, see! I never think of stuff like that when I travel! Good catch!

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #36
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Another intrepid Ides of March traveller. lol What's vacation without the risk of a few superstitious jinxes, right? Which segues nicely to out next topic - Well sort of...

Here in Boston, the talk of the town is the recent flu outbreak which is rampant I guess? I don't know anyone who has it. But it got me thinking about flu shots which got me thinking about other shots. So I called Dr and told her about upcoming trip to Costa Rica. She looked at my previous vaccinations (warning: I am old) and I now have an appointment to get Hep A (for food and water illnesses), Hep B (for blood stuff like if I get a cut), typhoid (for typhoid) and a flue shot! La Chica too but she doesnt need the Hep B because she had it in high school. Dr doesn't think we need any malaria prevention

So much depended on my history and which parts of Costa Rica we were visiting so I guess this could be different for each individual. And my Dr is known for being overly cautious so I wouldn't at all be surprised if someone else's Dr has a completely different take on this subject. I'm not promoting anything. I'm simply reporting my pre-trip events.
phew... get that out of the way so we get back to the fun stuff.
It most certainly depends on where in CR you are going. When we went last Jan., we didn't require any. If I remember right, only a very small area of CR recommends malaria prevention.

For those asking what to see/do in San Jose, IMO, San Jose is a dump, and isn't worth it extra time. Especially after you had just been through the rest of the beautiful country.
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@ sayhello: I thought of it but assumed it was unnecessary because other people either didn't get the shots or were told they didn't need them. Like I said, my Dr can be overly cautious at times but I guess having the shots can't hurt?

@dizneekrazee: Can you expand on what you said about San Jose? I want all info - good and bad so I can make informed choices. thx
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@dizneekrazee: Can you expand on what you said about San Jose? I want all info - good and bad so I can make informed choices. thx
Driving through SJ, you can tell it isn't near as safe as the rest of CR. ALL residences had gates around them, which all had some sort of barb wire or spikes on top to prevent people from climbing over. Graffiti everywhere.
A friend of mine went a year before me, and hated her extra time in SJ, so we only went they day before our flight home.
Where will you be staying in SJ? We were at Adventure Inn, which we loved. The rooms were HUGE!! Free phone calls, even to the U.S. Free breakfast, and if you are leaving before breakfast time, they will pack you something. It isn't much, but better than nothing. Free airport transfers as well. The restaurant wasn't bad, but I did not care for their burgers.
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I'm going to weigh in on a few things-
Health: we have a regular travel doc who is great, he told us that there is very little malaria in CR, really you'd need to be a researcher camping out to be in the malaria zone on the Caribbean coast. ABD avoid malaria zones generally which is why their Africa trip is in SA. You would be unlikely to be exposed to Typhus or Hep A on an ABD, however it's good protection for any traveller to developing regions, and will protect you if you are doing she portions of the trip " on your own" and the food may not have been vetted by Disney. Hep B is blood born (like HIV) so most ABD'ers are unlikely to be exposed ( guess it depends on what you do in your "free time") with one big BUT...if you needed emergency health care, it would be comforting to know you are protected from that virus! That said CR's health care system is excellent (our cardiologist lives there now and is very impressed!) and there is likely almost no risk to the blood supply there! In conclusion, you could travel to CR with no injections, and be perfectly fine, but if you travel a lot , these are good protections to have anyway! The biggest risk is probably flu- many people from many places, if you were going to get just one jab- get that!

San Jose- while I will agree it is not as nice from a scenic point of view as other Central and South American cities, there are some worthwhile things to see. We enjoyed touring the National Theater, the Gold Museum and (like every CA, SA city has) the Simone Bolivar Square. There is crime and poverty, it's a city, and it's a CA city, but touring in the daytime with a good guide is safe if you take normal city precautions. A half day is plenty! I will tell you what our guide Fico told us about the bars. Bars in homes are there for security, yes, but also for prestige. He told us families put bars on even meager homes to show there is something worthwhile in side. It's a sign of prosperity. Interesting prospective from our local guide ( which is why it's so great to have them on ABDS!) Shortly after my trip I was on a bike ride through one of the most prosperous and safe towns in the US, and a successful local immigrant family was building a large home in the Latin style -bars on every window!

Things I learned along the way...hope it helps!
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I will tell you what our guide Fico told us about the bars. Bars in homes are there for security, yes, but also for prestige. He told us families put bars on even meager homes to show there is something worthwhile in side. It's a sign of prosperity. Interesting prospective from our local guide ( which is why it's so great to have them on ABDS!) Shortly after my trip I was on a bike ride through one of the most prosperous and safe towns in the US, and a successful local immigrant family was building a large home in the Latin style -bars on every window!

Things I learned along the way...hope it helps!
That's really interesting, and makes a ton of sense! Thanks for sharing that.

The local guides are yet another reason why I *LOVE* ABD!

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This is really useful information. Thank you everybody! La Chica said she heard the same thing about San Jose and has decided she is content with doing a quick local thing/museum in the morning and then just enjoying the hotel for the rest of the day. Sounds good to me!

Got my shots yesterday (Hep A & B, thyphoid and flu). My arm is sore and I feel like I'm battling the flu. This is why dont usuallly get the flu shot. Have to go back in a month to get Round Two and then final round in 6 months. Life time immunity is worth it though, especially since I don't plan on stopping traveling any time soon.

I've been reading up on the country and am fascinated by what I've found so far:
Can't wait to try my first churro - a fried dough type of thing.
"Sodas" in Costa Rica aren't carbonated beverages but diners!
How can you not like a place whose president is named Laura Chinchilla?
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Hope you feel better soon...try a bag of frozen peas on your injection sites! Helps!
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Guess what came!



Our box from Adventures by Disney It was sent to our TA which I thought was odd (it was opened too? ) but no matter. I was expecting it to arrive any day now since our trip is a month away. I won't spoil what's inside for those who want to be surprised when theirs arrives but I will say it's a fun way to get your travel documents

You know what this means?! It's officially ok to start packing!!!
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Guess what came!



Our box from Adventures by Disney It was sent to our TA which I thought was odd (it was opened too? ) but no matter. I was expecting it to arrive any day now since our trip is a month away. I won't spoil what's inside for those who want to be surprised when theirs arrives but I will say it's a fun way to get your travel documents

You know what this means?! It's officially ok to start packing!!!
Congrats!!! It does make it more real! When do you leave?

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Guess what came!



Our box from Adventures by Disney It was sent to our TA which I thought was odd (it was opened too? ) but no matter. I was expecting it to arrive any day now since our trip is a month away. I won't spoil what's inside for those who want to be surprised when theirs arrives but I will say it's a fun way to get your travel documents

You know what this means?! It's officially ok to start packing!!!
So... What did you get in the box?!? It's so exciting to receive it since you know the adventure is soon to come!
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