It certainly took some time to get into the vacation mindset. Especially after all the work and stress of getting there. I had already resigned myself to missing a day of biking due to travel but then that one day of travel turned into two, butted up against two full days of conferencing, so my biking pledge was feeling a bit crushed at that point. Luckily, my lovely friend Bekah had reminded me that this year-long challenge isn't about just biking every day, it's about doing the best I can and turning biking into an everyday event. For the five days I was in CR, I was only on a bike once. I'm okay with that. I needed a break and this was perfect.
The drivers seemed comfortable sharing the road with cyclists, however. Maybe because it was common practice to move over for the people walking/riding on the side of the road. There weren't even sidewalks in most places. It's always good to get a new perspective on life. We are so lucky for the infrastructure we have, even though it isn't nearly up to appropriate standards.
It was also wonderful to get off the resort and see a different side of Costa Rican life. We learned that Flamingo Beach used to be called White Sand Beach and had a huge flock of flamingos. Then, they renamed it Playa Flamingo and built the resort. Now, there are no more flamingos on the beach.