Breakfast: I thought I would have to go to the local city office to pay my property tax since I couldn’t pay them on my Costa Rica bank website anymore. But Gary saved the day and suggested searching the web to see if I could pay them online. I found the site and got paid up. Problem solved! Time saved. Now we could take off for our final destination without delay. We were driving to San Jose to be near the airport for our flight out tomorrow. I reserved a room at the Hilton La Sabana, a treat for my birthday and for Gary who had put up with the bugs, bats and beasts in the wild, for me. The drive took a little over three hours. It goes through the mountains with much of it on a 2-lane road where it’s hard to pass if you are behind a slow-moving truck. While driving slowly you can look at the scenery which is gorgeous. When we got to the hotel, I thought things would be easier. There was free valet parking. I was planning to drive up and check in and relax in luxury for a day. There was some temporary construction in front of the hotel when we arrived and I could not drive up to the entrance. Instead, we had to drive around the block and go the wrong way up the driveway to the hotel entrance. Fortunately there was a bellhop there ready to cater to our every need. The car was taken away to be parked and our bags were brought to the room. I picked up some plates and utensils from the hotel restaurant and served up breakfast – Rolled Oats, Soy Milk and Bananas with fresh Mango. We made some Teeccino in the room’s coffeemaker.
We relaxed for a while and then went to the restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. We were so hungry! We started with beers. These were good! Gary ordered a Stella Artois and I had the Costa Rican Bavaria Dark. It was crisp and refreshing.
The server was friendly and polite, speaking excellent English. He brought us beautiful salads and a cruet of Olive Oil and Balsamic. I splurged and generously splashed both on my salad.
The server beamed when he presented us with a platter of Grilled Vegetables. He said it was something new that they had never served before. It was beautiful and satisfying with Portobella mushrooms, White Button Mushrooms, Red Onions, Zucchini, Eggplant, Red Peppers, Asparagus and Baked Potatoes. We tried to eat it all but did not succeed.
We took our time in the restaurant. Gary had fun with the coasters. We created the Costa Rica Coasters mini series. You can watch it here!