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Laura Moran Feb 16, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Does anyone on the Feb 21 trip have a VGA or HDMI adapter to link an IPAD to a projector? I just purchased an IPAD and assume we will have access to a projector to show our selected photos in the evening. This cable looks like the simplest solution for connecting the 2 devices. Thanks
Anna Osborn Feb 16, 2015 at 03:30 PM

We don't. Usually Monica put our pictures on a flash drive or a card reader and usually asked us to choose three of our best. We never showed them all. We don't have an adapter to our IPAD. Getting really excited.
Laura Moran Feb 16, 2015 at 04:53 PM

Hi Anna
Laura Moran Feb 16, 2015 at 04:57 PM

I am getting excited too! I guess I don't need to worry about an adapter. Look forward to meeting you.Leaving the hubby at home for tax season (he is a CPA) while I go off to Costa Rica!
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 16, 2015 at 07:20 PM

Laura; I also took my iPad and left my Mac at home. I brought my SD card connector for the iPad and also a SanDisk iXpand flash drive. The iXpand is $60 which I purchased from Best Buy. It works as both a 32 GB storage device but more importantly for your photo vacation it works to transfer photos from your iPad to Monica's computer. It has both a light nigh connector that fits into your iPad and also a USB connector. I also brought my VGA adapter for my iPad but never used in in Costa Rica.
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 16, 2015 at 07:21 PM

I meant it has a lightning connector and SBU connector. I went on the January 23 - 31 Costa Rica trip. It was fabulous
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 16, 2015 at 07:22 PM

Gosh, I mean lightning connector and USB connectors.
Anna Osborn Feb 16, 2015 at 07:42 PM

sounds good to me, but I am going to let John worry about that....and Monica, I guess. She is wonderful, isn't she?


Stephanie Schoap Feb 03, 2015 at 01:06 AM

Mike and I went last year. For the whole trip, we did not need money as everything is taken care of on the tour. We did bring credit cards and needed to buy some clothes since the airlines lost our bags for three days.* So we did bring cash but not a huge amount. We probably brought $400 cash but we don't remember for sure.
*Please see my text below from Jan. 17.


Marilyn Wisegarver Feb 02, 2015 at 07:57 PM

To those of you who have made this trip before, what advice can you give regarding the need for cash? I have ATM and credit cards, but what would be a reasonable amount of actual cash to bring along? (And, I expect American Dollars are accepted most places.)
Anna Osborn Feb 02, 2015 at 11:31 PM

Yes US dollars are accepted. Make sure they are in good condition; that is a requirement. If you use ATM you get colonas. Credit cards are great. Cash for tips (I know what they say, but tips are needed) and cash for those pesky exit fees are good. We, as a couple take a fair amount; I don't want to post amount, but you will use dollars. We have taken 20s as the highest bill but are considering something higher due to the bulk. Are you on Facebook? I could message you.
Anna Osborn Feb 02, 2015 at 11:41 PM

I sent a friend request. With those beautiful pictures, that has to be you.
Anna Osborn Feb 03, 2015 at 07:59 AM

didn't receive request


Florence Elion Mascott Feb 02, 2015 at 08:37 AM

This is my first Road Scholar trip and the first photo shoot experience and my first trip to Costa Rica. I have very little knowledge of photography. I have a light weight tripod, a Nikon d40x w/telephoto lens. a re macro add on. I am very excited about the photo part.. Worried about the shoe situation. Living in florida, we dress differently. Regardless, looking forward to the trip on 2/9/15.
Elizabeth Laverty Feb 02, 2015 at 09:10 AM

Florence, I just returned from the Jan 23 - 31 photo Costa Rica trip. My suggestion is to bring two pairs of closed toe shoe,. Both should be sturdy walking shoes, leave the dressy sandals at home in Florida.this was also my first Road Schloar, and my first trip to Costa Rica. It was fabulous, learned so much about photography
Florence Elion Mascott Feb 02, 2015 at 05:58 PM

Thank you so much for the info about shoes. I shall look for some sturdy ones tomorrow. I cannot wait for 2/9,
Florence Elion Mascott Feb 03, 2015 at 09:30 AM

I found two comfortable prs of tennis
Carole Massey Feb 03, 2015 at 09:42 AM

Hi Florence! I just returned from my first Road Scholar trip and was with Elizabeth! We had a wonderful time on our trip. My suggestion regarding shoes, one very sturdy waterproof hiking boots. I bought one made by Merrill. It had excellent traction and kept my feet and socks dry. Not sexy looking but very functional!!! You'll enjoy your trip and Monica is so fantastic.
Florence Elion Mascott Feb 05, 2015 at 06:32 PM

Thanks to you both, I now have waterproof shoes?? sneakers? whatever....Thank you both. Now if I can find out if I have a single or double, I guess I will be all set. Cannot wait. till Monday...


Laura Moran Jan 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Dear Anna
I just received the final information in the mail and also found out that I will be able to join the group transfer from the airport to the hotel. My flight arrives at 2:07p, and the Road Scholar flight arrives at 2:40 pm. When is your flight? Will you be able to join a group transfer?
Anna Osborn Jan 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Hi, My communication says we can as well. Our flight arrives at 12:41 (United 1096 from Houston) I don't know if we will wait or just get a taxi. First thing I will try is to contact the hotel and ask if they have van service. Most do, but we have not stayed in this hotel before. Good that your time is close to their time. If we are on time and customs are fast as they usually are, we will probably get a taxi. I'll be in touch. Just heard you are having a lovely day today.


Anna Osborn Jan 25, 2015 at 04:18 PM

Laura, Have you received your mailed packet with the luggage tags, etc? I got the email and printed it but not the mailed one..or not yet. Also, did you purchase your airline tickets through Holbrook? What is your arrival time in San Jose on the 21st? We purchased our own tickets so try to meet up with some participants who have transportation provided.
Laura Moran Jan 25, 2015 at 06:07 PM

Dear Anna
Laura Moran Jan 25, 2015 at 06:12 PM

I also made independent flight arrangements (frequent flyer on United arriving about 2 pm) I was hoping to get a ride with the group transfer, but I have heard nothing about it yet. I have not received luggage tags, etc. When do you arrive in San Jose? If times coinside, I would be happy to ride together.
Laura Moran Jan 25, 2015 at 06:12 PM

I also made independent flight arrangements (frequent flyer on United arriving about 2 pm) I was hoping to get a ride with the group transfer, but I have heard nothing about it yet. I have not received luggage tags, etc. When do you arrive in San Jose? If times coinside, I would be happy to ride together.
Anna Osborn Feb 12, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Laura, getting to be busy time here. My husband was very sick last week but he is on the mend. CR has Great medicine as we discovered with a cousin who had a terrible accident on our tour. However, we don't want John to have to take advantage of that! See you soon...in the airport I guess.


Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 06:12 PM

Someone asked about camera equipment and computer equipment. I brought my Canon and telephoto lens 2x extender, wide angle lens and Macro lens. I would say that I used the telephoto lens the most. I carried on the camera and lenses on the plane and checked tripod and clothing in the bag and a new dell notebook computer. We had a delay and my bag and my husband's did not arrive until 3 days later. The notebook was stolen out of the bag. We checked it because we were afraid of being hassled due to too much carry on, but in retrospect wish I had carried it as well. On the trip you need at least one flash drive, be sure to have multiple memory cards for the camera and a computer is lovely to sort out your pictures in the evening. Since we had lost the computer, I had to do all photo review on the back of the camera which was very slow and my thumb is still sore a year later from pressing the button to zoom in. You need a thumb drive to share photos with Monica or you can use your camera SD card and tell her the photo number. To pick out your best 1, 2 or 10 photos for the group review, I sure wish we had had the notebook to do that. You don't need other electronics - I agonized before the trip about how to download to an iPad our whether to buy some other memory device. A laptop computer and flash drive is all you need. There is not enough memory on an iPad to download all your photos and there is no way sanctioned by Apple to get photos back off the iPad to a flash drive. A VERY important thing - BRING a change of clothes in your carry on. Mike and I wore the same clothes for 3 days until our luggage finally arrived. Road Scholar was not helpful in their mailed material about what you needed in order to participate in the class sharing exercises - my only criticism of the trip. It was excellent and wonderful in all ways.
Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 06:28 PM

I also had a separate flash for the Canon which I used and a good lightweight BENRO tripod. Monica is an excellent instructor and we went over many different photo techniques.


Laura Moran Jan 17, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Dear Anna and fellow travelers
I am having trouble figuring out the warmest temperatures we can expect. 80s-90s? Trying to figure out what to pack. Thanks for the advice on clothes for cool weather Anna.
Anna Osborn Jan 17, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Laura, the key is layers. At Sarapiqui it is warm. I usually wear t shirts and cotton pants and have an overshirt with long sleeves. If you need a jacket or rain jacket you can always take one, and if the activity involves going on the bus then you can always leave the extra garment on the bus. I usually swim in the pool at Sarapiqui and it is comfortable but never blazing hot. Temps are always given in C so I don't pay much attention to the numbers. Just have layers. See the picture on the page about our trip. Monica has on a tank top and the other person has on a short sleeve T.
Laura Moran Jan 17, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Thanks Anna. That is pretty much what I'd planned.
Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 06:00 PM

Definitely bring t-shirts and sun shirts, one long sleeved shirt, one nice sweatshirt and I had a light weight columbia gortex raincoat. I wore the layers many times and was very comfortable. Also pack a long sleeved sun screen shirt like Columbia has. I layered that over my sundress for evening dinners a few times.


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