Costa Rica, Day Ten: August 24, 2014
Stressful day, for me, anyway.
The signs that the elevator is broken are gone but were not taking a chance, so we walked up the stairs just before 8:00am.
We went looking for the snorkel place where we were supposed to be at 8:15 – and rode around for 30 minutes. We had “directions” and a “map” but we still couldn’t find a restaurant called “Gloria and Claudio” where we were supposed to meet.
Tom asked in two other restaurants. It turns out that we weren’t told we were supposed to part on the street and walk up the boardwalk to find Gloria and company.
Finally, at 8:45, we were walking up the boardwalk and someone approached us and asked if we were O’Connors – right place!
She complained that we were keeping everyone else waiting and said to take off our shoes. We started wading through the low-tide mud and surf towards a rubber dinghy that was to take us to the snorkel boat. Tom said NO and we left. The person who met us was astounded that we wouldn’t do that. Fortunately, we had our car there so we weren’t stranded.
In our driving, we had seen a tour place. We went there to sign up for a tour to Nicaragua. We’re not using the tour place here anymore. We signed up for 3 things and got discounts on all, more than what we lost on today’s trip. The guy wanted $150 US in cash as a deposit. The rest could be paid by credit card on the actual trips. We only had $60 between us so we owe him $90 on Monday at the first trip. Watch for Monday’s post!
Upcoming tours: Monday, a different snorkel trip; Tuesday, Nicaragua; Wednesday, break!; Thursday Monteverde; Friday, NYC; Saturday home
Tom got our money back – grudgingly – for today’s trip – I don’t know how he does that.
At 4:00 we were supposed to do a presentation. Over the years, we have done several timeshare presentations. AARRGGHH! It was supposed to be 90 minutes. It turned into 4 hours. We told them we weren’t going to buy but they kept pushing and pushing.
They said they weren’t selling timeshares, they are selling vacations.
It started with lunch/dinner here and the first guy. In passing, he asked about our place here and we mentioned the front light and elevator. He called someone called “Dan” and said he didn’t want something like this interfering with “his sale”.
Then, he took us to Ocotal to see some of the rooms and we talked to another guy.
There were scammy-sounding schemes where we gave them some of our existing timeshares and a pile of money and we would live happily ever after, vacationing all over. We had no way of leaving because we were in the middle of nowhere with no car.
They had some units built and they were building 40 more (construction noise OR an untruth).
Tom gave the second guy suggestions on quitting smoking and agreed to be a contact on LinkedIn.
Finally, they got the message that we would not buy today no matter what and took us back to Coco Bay.
On the way, guy number one asked if our light was fixed, could he make “his sale”. NONONO! English is even his first language. We kept getting big hints that if they didn’t sell 10 of these in some amount of time, he would be fired. Yada Yada, violins in the background.
We got back here and there was a third person for “another company” trying to get some of our money. Apparently the first 2 people had included his “services” in their presentation and he was there seeing if he could salvage anything out of this non-deal.
Finally back up the mountain, down the 4 flights of stairs and our light was fixed. One good thing out of four wasted hours.
At Sea, January 13, 2013
We woke up in the morning and it was very foggy, so foggy we couldn’t even see see the river. We got our bags repacked up and visited the little shops again in case there was something we missed.
The bellman took luggage to the taxi but the driver wasn’t quite sure how to get to the port. He did find it after a bit and we were on the Navigator of the Seas in about 30 minutes and having lunch at Windjammer Café.
Even though our luggage hadn’t arrived yet, we went to our cabin and checked out where storage space was hidden.
4:00 PM was the required muster drill. The Captain said we’d have fog horns going until we passed another cruise liner at 11:30.
Sat in the solarium for a while to people-watch.
Up to our cabin. I took a few pictures from the balcony. I read on the balcony for a while and dozed off. Susan napped.
5:30 we went to the circus parade. What fun!
This wasn’t “our” circus but it was from our ship in September
Then dinner at Coppelia
We have a table for 4. Our table mates, Pat and Jamie are from the desert in California and drove here to see the National Parks and such. They’re aunt/niece and travel well together.
Luis (from Nicaragua), our waiter, forgot to take my order at first. All following meals I would be first! i had drink of the day, key lime pie lemonade, vidalia onion tart, prime rib/veggies/potato and chocolate cherry pie. Joanna, our assistant waiter, was from Poland. I think they said the staff was from 143 different countries.
Went to the show. Dancers, comedian. Great band…they played Sing, Sing, Sing!
Walked around. Luggage arrived when we got back! Unpacking
Tried to sign up for 2 tours from tv. Didn’t work so I filled out a form and dropped it at the excursions desk. Susan got ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s.
Unpacked. Ordered room service breakfast.
Foghorn did keep going off. Very foggy!
We passed 2 cruise ships very close, a Carnival and Norwegian. After the carnival, a pilot ship pulled up right beside us and picked up 2 pilots who had been on our ship. The dots on the pictures are the dense fog.
I fell asleep almost immediately.