Friday, February 24, 2012

Viva Costa Rica!

On the rare occasions that we weren't flying DOD flights, we flew for different touring agencies. I was never lucky enough to do the tours on a regular basis like some other flight attendants, but I did get a handful during my career. My favorite tour was our 24 hour stay in Liberia, Costa Rica.

The open air lobby.
We were able to stay in the Allegro Papagayo and it was all inclusive... meaning we had free reign to the pool bar. We had so much time available to us there that we were legal to drink all night long. And this was a time in my life where I actually enjoyed drinking on occasion. The day we got there, let's just say my Spanish got better the more drunk I got. I vaguely remember something about the life size chess board on one of the patios and shenanigans involving the little dance hall and the pilots causing drama. I was more than fine to get ridiculously drunk that night, hike back up the hill to my room and pass out face down on my bed.

Most amazing pool and pool bar ever. You could swim right up to the bar and drink.
I woke up with the worst hangover of my LIFE. Amazingly enough though, I did not puke my brains out. We ate an authentic Costa Rican breakfast, dried ourselves out by the pool and unwillingly trudged back to the airport the next day. We all talked about what we could have done if we'd had more time. At night you could hear the monkeys in the rainforest next to the resort and by day you could see large lizards holding up traffic on the sidewalks leading down to the pool area. They were here first, OBVIOUSLY.

Hello, friend!
Costa Rica is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to places I want to take the children back to one day. And at least at this specific resort with everything being included and there being so much to do, it's really not as expensive as it could be. I keep eyeballing their latest specials and thinking "if only the rest of my little family had passports..." we would totally find a way to hitch a ride there.

 Sunburnt and hungover. But, look! RAINFOREST! I'm like "Go, Diego, Go!"

Now I have to get back to reality where skies are grey and there are tornado watch sirens going off periodically. At least I'm able to wear shorts while I clean with one ear trained on the sirens and a free arm to break up the constant fighting today. I've got two kids with cabin fever. Why can't it be beautiful outside and allergy season be over already? SIGH.


  1. There is probably no regret stronger for me than not traveling. I plan to rectify that (eventually). I do not, however, want to be in the water with a drink. I can't swim. Drunk nonswimmer = bottom of the pool. Such a vacation ruiner.

    1. Oooh, girl... I'm a strong swimmer too, but drunk swimming? That doesn't work well for me either. Would it help that there are stools in the pool, lol?

  2. Love Papagayo. We visited a year ago last November would go back in a heartbeat. I agree with both you two. Drunk+Pool=Problem.

    1. It was BEAUTIFUL there! That airport is a hot mess though.

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  4. I always love to read your post about the time you spent as an airline (stewardess?). I get to live vicariously through your past travels :). Seeing all those awesome pictures makes me want to head to some exotic place and forget our worries for a while.

    Nice post as always :)