The butterfly garden was making me sad and giving me an upset stomach, so I left. It rained constantly and was always covered completely in cloud. I found the dark, damp nights alone a little claustrophobic. I didn´t like looking at the insects in the little glass boxes either. I wanted to let them all go, but I was supposed to catch more from the garden. So I decided that that wasn´t what I wanted to do for a month. There feels like so much I want to see here that there isn´t a month spare to do something I´m not happy with. After all, I may never get back to Central America in my life so have to make the most of it.
So I got up really early friday morning and got the 6am bus to La Fortuna, a touristy town with a massive active volcano overlooking it. It was very beautiful, but everyone kept speaking english to me and there were lots of North Americans everywhere. I stayed in a little cabin attached to a Costa Rican family´s house. The lady was really friendly and cooked me vegan breakfasts and called me isabelle (she liked my middle name, elizabeth more than karen).
So now I´ve had a rethink, and I have the travelling bug. I´m now in a jungle border town called Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, where I stayed last night. I´m waiting to get a bus into the proper Caribbean. So my new plan is to travel on the local buses right down the Caribbean coast. It´s lovely and warm and dry (well, less dry) on this side. Something I craved a little after the wetness of Monteverde. So I´m just going to take it as it comes.....I like the idea of being able to go and do whatever I feel like doing. The butterfly garden experience made me really appreciate the freedom I have on this trip. There´s plenty of time later for restrictions and routines. But for the moment, I have 8 weeks left to learn how to speak some Spanish in the past tense and see some life in this beautiful country.