A few days before my Birthday weekend (last weekend in October) we received an unexpected email. The message was from our friend, Carolyn, on Maui. She and her husband are renting our house on Maui, while we are on our "test drive" of Central America. Carolyn works for a major airline that serves Maui and much of the world (the importance of that coming up shortly).
Carolyn told us she was going to take advantage of her free flying privileges and take a last-minute trip from Maui to Costa Rica. She would be arriving early Sunday morning - for a very short stay. In fact, she would be leaving Monday morning (only a 24 hour visit). We thought it was a little crazy to fly all the way from Maui to Costa Rica for such a short stay (even for free) but we were excited to see her.
Before we could even bring it up, she asked if there was anything she could bring us from home. If you've read the earlier post (The Box Finally Arrived), you may remember that we spent $60+ to have Carolyn send a medium-sized USPS flat-rate box to us, with some things we needed from home. Since Carolyn gets free carry-on luggage, she was in a position to bring a whole suitcase of stuff for free!
We have to be careful, though, about anything we have her bring to Costa Rica. Since we plan to be moving several times, all the stuff we accumulate will need to go with us - and it's not like we can just pack it in the car and go. We had a couple of FaceTime (video) calls with Carolyn to go over logistics and put together our Wish List for things to bring. In order to accommodate the new stuff, we decided we'd send some stuff we already have here back with Carolyn, utilizing the extra suitcase she was bringing - a sort-of prisoner exchange. The things we were sending back to Maui were shoes and clothing - things we have found we don't need or don't wear here.
The next priority was figuring out what to do during Carolyn's 24 hour visit that would hopefully make her trip worthwhile. We scoured all kinds of tours and decided on a rainforest tour (with an aerial tram). Since we had never been to the Costa Rican rain forest ourselves, it would be a new experience for all of us. I booked our tour for Sunday, once I confirmed that the tour company would pick up at the hotel where Carolyn was staying. It would have been fun to have Carolyn come to our apartment in Atenas, but with such a short stay, it made more sense for her to stay near the San Jose airport.
Plans were set and logistics were discussed. The timeline was pretty tight, so now we just needed to have everything work out the way we planned. It was going to be a whirlwind visit...
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