I checked into the Hostel Pangea, liked em on facebook and got a welcome drink of “Guaro”- It was some sort of mango Marguerita garnished with a cherry and a star fruit. It was too much of a fruity sugar blast of booze for my preference. The hostel is renown for it’s social atmosphere and it lived up to some of the hype, considering it is the off season for traveling Central America. May starts the rainy season which lasts through Novemberish.
There was a group of 5 dudes from Vail, CO- all backpacking together. There are a lot of people from Colorado, they are seasonal workers and these are their months off. The group of 5, in my prediction, will split apart sooner than later. 5 grown males is bound to be a forceful tug in different directions. I imagine they are smart enough to start splitting before snapping. A woman from Aspen, South African blonde 20 something, is renewing her visa because her J1-student visa expired. She bragged how she and her gal-pals sign up for 1 course, skip all semester, but maintained student status and Stateside living eligibility. She’s now awaiting an interview with the American Embassy here in San Jose. I liked her. There were about 4 hot aussie babes, a surfer aussie dude, and a young guy from St. Louis. 3/4s aussie chicks were there then gone before dinner- the last stuck around. She had this fantastic theory which she’s apparently proven. Replace booze with caffeine. Obvious, no? It goes like this: sober driver replaces alcohol with coffee. Beer pong (10 min) = 2 cups coffee, funnel a coffee (20 seconds), every time shots go around, shoot an espresso, sip a coffee away before it cools, etc. The point is keep with the rate of the binge drinkers. Probably not as poisonous . ST. Louis’ rep was at all 21 games of the world series in 2011, by my calculation. He vended beer, cool guy, prob a fun dude to travel with. Two ATL boys were fly by the edge of your seat, hitch-hiking, Hilton scamming and headed to Costa’s South Caribbean coast. They were scouts for dad, the capital raised and the entrepreneurial dream. I hope to run into them again one day.
If you go to a country that mandates a yellow fever shot, you don’t get it, you’ll be quarantined for 10 days before being readmitted to other countries. This moraled story was told to the 5 Panama-bound Colorado men.