November 1, 2008
We had desayuna with Jen and hit the road around 9:30 am. Each time we leave a place I feel happy and sad. Happy for the next adventure. Sad to leave behind that which I haven’t yet explored.
It was a long and beautiful drive around Lake Arenal. We stopped in an adorable town that seemingly had many artisans. I talked to a woman whose young son was working with her. Her family members made may of the items in her shop. I spent about $40.00 and felt good about contributing to her income.
Insect bites have now created a dot-to-dot map all over my body. We dropped Jen off in Santa Cruz and headed south to the Sanctuary. I waited in anticipation to see our home for the next week. ROUGH ROAD indeed to the Sanctuary. It was only about 20 kilometers and took us over an hour.
Originally we were scheduled to be in a condo adjacent to the construction. This will not work. We checked out the ‘hotel’ portion of the Sanctuary. It was actually a stand along 2-story town house. I set my sites on #3 – the farthest away and facing the ocean. THIS will be our lodging. We spoke to a decisive and friendly woman, Mercedes, who said she would take care of things. She did indeed. She gave us #3. We manifested it. YES! Fabio, the cutie who casually ran reception tried to help too.
Turns out Mercedes is the Gerenta Stricta (according to Jarlene the massage therapist). For me, she is the Gerenta Miracle-maker.
Our town house accommodations were so much nicer than the condo. I was brimming with delight. We set up the top level balcony and settled into a relaxing and stunning sunset – Again! Quite the greeting to this place.