SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis –

1 Apr

chapter 30 continued

But the story doesn’t end there.  Because on the way back to San Jose we got caught in what is called “tortugismo”.  That’s where the drivers of 18-wheelers put their trucks side by side on the highway, drop into low gear and idle along at one mile an hour to protest some government action or inaction.  Further more it was pouring down rain in the mountains where this took place and just as we got to a town called San Ramon, where they add an extra lane, after being in the “tortugismo” with a few hundred other cars there was another protest by some citizens group for, I have no idea what, that had the entire highway blocked.  So there we sat for about a half hour while kids would come up to the car and offer to show us a way around all this, for $100. 

All of a sudden she jumps out of the car, doesn’t say a word and disappears in the rainy mist.  To tell you the truth I wasn’t too concerned because by then I had already decided that she was not for me so I just sat back thinking “what the heck, if she’s decided to get home some other way and if I make it to San Jose before my plane leaves tomorrow I’m off to Panama anyway”. 

About fifteen minutes go by and she reappears, jumps back in the car and says “turn around and go back about one kilometer where there’s a turn off and we can get around this”.  Apparently she had talked to someone who knew an alternate route around the mess that was holding us hostage.  Off we go, down funky, muddy little dirt roads in the rain, neither one of us knew where the hell we were going, just following instincts but about a half hour later we pop out onto the highway just in front of the protest. 

So I took her to dinner, took her home, went to my hotel, got good a nights sleep and headed off to Panama the next morning.

Hope she has a good life.     


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