Thursday, December 2, 2010
Costa Rican Hospitality
After what seemed longer than humanly possible to endured road to Monteverde we caught sight of the first establishment and we quickly pulled over. Maybe it was the lush inviting vegetation in the parking lot, we're not sure, but it was a sight for sore eyes.
We walked into the Belcruz B&B probably looking worn down from the drive up and needing some reassurance we were in the right place and that it was worth the effort. Which is exactly what we got. The owners came out from behind the counter quickly offering directions to the bathrooms, pastry case, and would we like an espresso? Yes, yes, and yes!
We were quickly charmed by the owners, who probably see people like us daily, but didn't make us feel that way at all. We quickly ordered up espressos and was provided a nice map, which was then detailed with highlighted areas where the road turned bad and roadside markers indicating we were headed in the right direction.
We found the Costa Rican people to be one of the nicest people around. Friendly, curious, funny and overall just happy. Much like the people of Hawaii, they were an utter delight and we were quickly charmed by their kindness and openness. So much so that we visited the Belcruz on the way back to the main highway, for another espresso and some more of their charming hospitality.