The bungeejump center comes reccommended and a jump can be booked at http://www.bungee.co.cr
About a six hours drive from San José, there there is a city known for it’s beaches and nightlife called Tamarindo. The city is right on the Pacific Ocean, and has great waves and is a popular destination for people who like to surf. Renting surfboards vary in price, but is usually around 15 to for 24 hours, and sunscreen and all you need can be bought from a small grocery store in the city. The city is also a busy place at night, where a lot of tourists go out to restaurants and the many clubs there are there. The prices in most places are in dollars, and almost everyone speaks English. There is also a national wild life park that costs to enter, and has different animals such as howling monkeys, alligators, turtles, iguanas, crabs, geckos and lots of colorful birds and butterflies. This is a sight worth seeing, as a lot of these animals are hardly seen around tourist places and you get to see them in their natural habitat.
The border crossing between the US and Canada was surprisingly quiet (compared to what I think the Mexican border would be at least) and the crossing went hassle free.
My biggest surprise when crossing the border was that there was no left side driving (which I had believed until that very moment), but except from that everything was pretty much the same (especially for me who couldn’t even separate the “American” and the Canadian accent from another). When we were there we spent some time visiting an Indian camp, shopped some souvenirs and had a meal at a local restaurant, and I was surprised that they even accepted US dollar bills every place that we went.
Our visit was too brief for me to have gotten any real impression about Canada, and I feel like I cannot really say that I have been to the country, but some day I will come back to see more about what real Canada has to offer 🙂
First off, I would have to share with you something that I learned just recently: The nickname of Chicago, the Windy City, does not come from the cold winds blowing from Lake Michigan. The Windy City refers to all the wonderful things that were said about Chicago all over the United States at the end of the 1800’s, like it was carried by the wind. The name of the city was also taken in use by the media during the first half of the 20th century, because of the political changes that kept on taking place in Chicago.
Even though Chicago is a big city, it is very easy to find your way around. The city center is known as the loop, because of the elevated metro going in a loop over the streets downtown. State Street is the Main Street and divides the city in east and west, and Madison Street divides the city in south and north, so if you get lost, you can just walk towards these two streets, navigate from there.
One of the things I would say is a must to see in Chicago is the famous Sears Tower, which is a 110 stores high building for numerous architecture firms, law firms and other big companies. The entrance ticket costs 15$, and gives you a lift up into the top floor, with a view over the city and information about the buildings and things you can see from there. Even for someone who has almost no interest in architecture, it was very interesting to read about the different buildings and the history behind them. The Sears Tower also has four glass boxes that “hang” outside of the building, so that you can get the feeling of standing in mid air 412 meters above the ground.