One of the many amazing things I love about living in San Jose (and Costa Rica in general) is that there are so many amazing things to do that aren’t too far away. Most weekends I’ve been here have been spent on a beach or in the city, and I figured it was time to shake things up a bit. So, since I don’t have Friday classes, I decided to check out one of the local volcanoes with a couple of friends. Talk about a day off right?

We began our journey at 7:30 am from our houses in order to catch the downtown bus early enough to depart from San Jose and arrive in Alajuela by 9:30 am to take our third and final bus to Volcan Poas. In total, the trip took about 4 and half hours just to get up there. And what a view it was that greeted us after we took the 20-minute walk to the mouth:

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Nothing but clouds and flowers

To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. We were hungry, tired, cold, and now come to the realization that we had just traveled over 4 hours to see clouds. We kept up good attitudes, trying to make the best out of a not so desirable situation, but it was hard to stay positive in all the wind, rain, and abrasive cold front.

Then, all of a sudden, and without warning, the clouds started to shift. We didn’t really think anything of it because they had done this multiple times, the best view we had had was of the rocky side of the volcano. But this time, the clouds kept moving. Faster and faster they cleared out and left us breathless when this finally came in focus:

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To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. We were hungry, tired, cold, and now come to the realization that we had just traveled over 4 hours to see clouds. We kept up good attitudes, trying to make the best out of a not so desirable situation, but it was hard to stay positive in all the wind, rain, and abrasive cold front.

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