This blog is written by Cassaundra Juhlin, an English teacher at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe. We appreciate her contribution!
I brought my dog, George, with me to Costa Rica; which was not a horribly far distance for him, considering he is from China! He absolutely loves our employee house (The Choza) and all the grass it provides and the occational dip in the fountain or relaxing on a floaty in the pool 🙂
He’s a pretty funny guy, but very disciplined, which makes travelling with him MUCH easier!
The first time I took him on a bus in Liberia they had qualms, but not big enough to deny him entrance both ways to Playa Conchal. However, on the next attempt the driver was adamant about not letting him on and, thanks to a woman nearby who was translating for me, explained that he would need a crate. So, I went back to the house and borrowed a small duffle bag from one of the roommates. It was perfect! So, the next bus came and he was happily tucked away with his little head sticking out to make sure there were no suspicious characters causing havoc on the bus! I’m still not sure if the bus drivers don’t see him or don’t care because he is tucked away, but, either way, I’m happy!
Samara was our next destination and is by far the most ‘dog friendly’ town I have come across thus far. It seemed like all of the hostels allowed dogs with no charge, even in the dorm rooms! I don’t think I would consider the dorm option if he weren’t so well trained, but it worked out really well at both places that we stayed at. The restaurants had no problem with him either. So, George was in heaven exfoliating in the sand, swimming in the water and running around town with us! Everybody loves The George! I think I meet about 10 times more friends when I am out with this guy!!
Bringing him to Costa Rica has been an awesome experience for both of us! It’s really awesome that the school lets me bring him in during my classes too (although, I don’t bring him on the days that I have any kids’ classes)!