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  • Day1

    San José

    September 25, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    We got up early (didn’t know that the time was actually an hour behind what we thought). It was a beautiful morning.

    Pic: Waiting for our free breakfast/tour package presentation–we look pretty rested, don’t we?

  • Day1

    Afternoon tour of San Jose

    September 25, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 70 °F

    After lunch, we went on a sightseeing tour of San Jose. Although it was raining (it is the rainy season after all!) we saw the highlights of the city and learned about the economy, history, and culture. The main industry is tourism and there are many national parks for such a small country. Costa Rica is a socialist country. Everyone pays into the National Health Care system. There is no welfare. School is required until age 16. The utilities are all run by the government. Everyone has bars on the windows and razor wire around their property, so it feels strange, like maybe it’s unsafe, but it is considered a safe country. There is no military, but of course there are police. And the driving is crazy! They might be really nice, easy-going people, but not when they get behind the wheel. No one pays attention to stop lights, stop signs, or yield signs, and if there is a hole in the traffic, someone fills it. We were really glad to be transported around by the tour bus.
    See pictures: National Stadium, built by China, 2011
    National Monument - the five central American countries defeating US Citizen William Walker’s army, “The Filibusters”, who were trying to take over
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    National Theater in San Jose

    September 25, 2017 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 70 °F

    This beautiful theater was financed by a tax on coffee, and completed in 1897. It was designed for everyone to access music and dance.

    See the statue in the lobby, the interior of Theater, first floor, and the Ballroom/meeting room on second floor with beautifully painted ceilings. The painted figures seemed to look in different directions as we walked around the room.
    The painting on the stairway wall was done by a foreign painter did not know the culture; coffee pickers wear the basket with a waist belt.
    After the tour, we went shopping for groceries. Rain was pouring down, but we had to go! Tomorrow will be an early start, so we need sustenance.
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  • Day76

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    May 5, 2016 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    How long: 2 nights
    Stayed: Pangea Hostel, Barrio Amon
    Travelling with: Solo

    San Jose.
    Long old journey to San Jose. Close to 12 hours of boat, mini bus, big bus with lots of hanging around and messing. But got there in the end. Got to the hostel late so it was pretty much straight to bed. Late start next day and after breakfast went for a wander. San Jose really not a pretty city with not a lot going for it. Checked out the city centre and then went to the national museum for a few hours. Back to hostel to chill for a while and then went out to meet Susans friend Bernard for a drink in a nice area called Barrio Escalante. He's ex digicel so it was an evening of digicel bashing :)
    Dropped me back to hostel where I met up with Derek who had just arrived. Quick beer and a disgusting burrito from the local takeaway and off to bed.
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