B2 Story: Our Holiday

We spent two days in La Fortuna town. On The last night there, Irene and I went out to take have (we use have to refer to eating and drinking. In Spanish, we use tomar to do that. Please, accept the change of the verb to mean the same thing.) dinner. The night was warm and dry because that day it hadn´t rained. We arrived at a small, cheap and familiar family run restaurant. While we were eating a tasty fish with vegetables, we met a couple of Spanish people. They were from Catalonia; and, as they were trying to rent a car in order to visit the country by in their own way (on their own). Unfortunately, the boy lost his driver license and the girl had forgotten it in Spain. We spoke with them about sharing a car, bur our ways were very different. Finally, we said goodbye and we hope wished good luck to each other.

Next day, we woke up early in the very morning and got on the first bus to Monte Verde. That town was located in a valley surrounded by rainforest and incredibly cloudy mountains. Maybe we stayed at the best hotel of our travel/trip. To be honest, it was not a luxurious or very comfortable place. It was clear enough, and really cheap. Before continuing the history story, I would like to speak about the cost of life in Costa Rica.

Why is Costa Rica is so expensive? Along our travel we answered that question several times. The medium average/mean salary in Costa Rica for a not very qualified worker is eight thousand dollar per month, more or less. Some careers are better paid like teachers, for example. Because of Government policy, the national education and the national health system have many financial resources from taxes. Government takes, from workers salary, a percentage intended to pay teachers, doctor, schools and hospital. It is said that more than twenty per cent of the national wealth is intended to the education and wealth health systems. The results are incredibles; the Costa Rica´s pupils are the best trained in the all Latin America. The Government can guarantee all this money because it saves millions of dollar in the Army. In 1948, after a civil war which lastrd (only!) four days and where (only!) died tree three people died , the Government changed the Constitution and established the obligatoriness obligation of being educated and banned the Army. All soldiers became police officers and safety increased. On the other hand, the money which was initially intended to pay the army, began to be used to pay the health and education systems.

However, this economical economic system has its own “dark” sides. Costa Rica´s economy is extremely related to the USA´s economy. Although the country has its own currency, many people prefer paying in dollars than in “colonos”. The reason is easy, the national currency usually changed its value and many crisis crises started for that butand, that what is the best most dramatic thing,workers are paid in “colonos”. Another reason that can explain the level of poverty in Costa Rica can be found in the Natural Parks. Almost fifty per cent of the Costa Rican ground is protected by the law. Many tourists go to Costa Rica thanks to those parks and, as I am going to explain in this text, they are a great natural wealth sources. Unfortunately, the ground is so protected that industries can´t be developed. If you travel along Costa Rica, you can´t see heavy industries, farms, laboratories, financial buildings etc. What that means? All the products that are consumed in Costa Rica are maid abroadin Panama or USAand are very expensive even if you are European citizens. I could say some examples; a can of fridge tomatoes costs three dollars, a can of Coca Cola one dollar, a half a kilo of meat almost ten dollars, four dollar for a bottle of rice etc. With those prices, I can´t understand how people can eat everyday. Fortunately, they don’t expend spend a lot of money in on their houses because ground land is cheap and they usually build their own houses.

Connected to the lifestyle and economy in Costa Rica, I saw ones once a piece of news that I was not able to believe. An expert was being interviewed on how much people debt owed. At the last end of the year, he said, the country will have spent twice its annual national wealth. As he explained, people got used to expending spending more than they earned. (la gente se estaba acostumbrando a gastar más de lo que gana)

With the economy absolutely indebted and without salaries growing, people must found had to find happiness in other things. For that, they seldom go to beaches and practice surfing.

As I said, we spend spent two nights in Monte Verde. Near town, we did a spectacular trek crossing aerial bridges. The trees along the way were so tall that it was necessary to build those kinds of bridges to can be able to see the top of the trees. In On cloudy days you can trek through frog and the sensation may be spectacular. I didn’t do that, but some people explain me it to me.

In Monte Verdewe met a couple of Spanish people from Madrid. At night we went to take have dinner in a typical restaurant. We eat ate/had raw fish with lemon and vinegar, which was delicious. Those dishes were very cheap, also. The couple we met were funny, kind and talkative; butwe were so tired that all of us wanted to sleep as son soon we finished dinning dining. The next day, we took different buses. They wanted to go to the north but we had yet already booked a room in the south cost coast. So, we said our goodbyes.

At six o´clock we got to San Antonio. I had read about that famous park in a book called “Pura Vida”. In that book San Antonio seems to be a crazy beach of parties and drugs, but, when we arrived at there, we just found families under the sun. To say the true tell the truth, San Antonio is a National Park with many beaches but the most spectacular one was “San Antonio Beach”. The ticket to the park cost twenty dollars and the beach was crowed crowded. If someone had removed all those people, we would have enjoyed the beach.









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