Originally after the cruise, I had planned to rent a car and spend the next 5 days wandering around the countryside. But with the high cost of the car, coupled with the prospect of driving on the left hand side, getting petrol gas, and trying to find parking in the places we were going, I figured it was better to take the train. We prepurchased our tickets and we were all set.
Day 1 – took a Lyft car from Elizabeth New Jersey to the cruise terminal in Brooklyn. Originally was going to to use public transportation via the bus and Subway, but at a cost of 40 bucks, it was actually only $10 more to take Lyft and shave off an hour and a half on our journey. We made a quick stop at the wine shop to get a couple bottles of wine before arriving to our cruise terminal at 12:30. We went through passport control, security checkpoint, and after a little bit of a wait 2 officially check in, we were on board and in our room my 1: 30 pm… Had we taken the original plan on the bus, we would still be enroute, so it definitely paid off to spend a little bit more to get to the cruise terminal faster and on board.
Here’s a quick synopsis of our long journey back to Portland…
4:30am: wake up
5:15am: catch hotel shuttle to the airport
5:30am: arrive to airport
6:00am: after checking in, dropping off our bags and going through security, we make it to our Priority Pass lounge
7:30am: at the gate for boarding
8:05am: flight leaves San Jose. We are dog tired.
12:45pm: land in Houston for 90 minute lay over. We change planes.
2:20pm: flight leaves Houston
3:25pm: land in Las Vegas. Stay on the plane for almost an hour as they deplane and board new passengers.
4:15pm: flight leaves Las Vegas. Early in the flight, little kid loses his lunch and hurls all over his seat and his row. Passengers are re-accommodated in other seats.
5:45pm: land in Oakland. Stay on the plane. Originally a 30-minute stop turns into an hour as maintenance crews are called in to clean up the vomit and to replace the seat cushions and seat belts.
6:40pm: flight leaves Oakland.
8:00pm: land in Portland. Get luggage and a quick bite at Elephant’s Deli.
8:42pm: on the MAX for our ride home.
9:54pm: arrive to our final MAX stop; Lisa’s mom is there waiting and drives us home.
Costa Rica is just one hour ahead of Portland. So Portland time, we woke up at 5:30am to begin our day and we didn’t get home until 10pm. 16.5 hours of travel. We made it. The prior eighteen days were so worth the long day of traveling home. And the nice thing is that we were able to sit together for the entire time and aside from the little hiccup/delay for cleaning up some puke, our flights were uneventful and smooth sailing. And that’s what we want!
Today we took a free walking tour in the central core of San Jose. These walking tours are offered around the world in major cities and the guides are compensated by a donation at the end of the tour. Our meeting point was to be at 9am in front of the National Theatre. You can find the guide because he or she holds up a white umbrella and wears a white shirt that says San Jose free walking tour.