Costa Rica
Museo del Oro Precolombino

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  • Day16

    Back in San José

    January 13 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Yesterday after the park, I finished reading a novel, "America America," which was quite good despite being mostly about politics (mainly set in the age of pre-Watergate Nixon).

    Anyway, I had to get up at 043o this morning, so I didn't do anything else last night.

    I was on the bus at 0530 rolling back to San José. I'm a little sad to end this terrific trip, but it's quite a bit more expensive than I thought it would be, so I need a little time at home to save up before hitting the road again. Two weeks should do it 😉.

    I arrived and was able to check into my hotel by 0945, so I walked up the hill to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, which also had Costa Rican money and artists exhibits. It was English-subtitled, nicely organized, well lit, and easy to social distance...of course most people are at work right now. Too bad for them!

    Pura vida!!
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  • Day17

    Morning at the Zoo

    January 14 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    After the gold museum yesterday, I went back to the hotel with some beer and empañadas and hung out at the pool and jacuzzi. There I met a couple from Pennsylvania who come down here for their dental work. This is another indication to me that CR is the Americas' Thailand, just much more expensive.

    I watched CNN, the only English TV channel, and toasted the House of Representatives, particularly the 10 Republicans, for impeaching the president...again. History...again.

    This morning I went to the Simón Bolívar Park National Zoo and Botanical Garden. It is small, but well laid out. And although a few animals weren't on display, most notably the kinkajou, I was able to see a jaguar and an ocelot, two of the five cats in CR. I also saw a sleeping tapir, which wasn't on display but could be seen just barely around the back of the bathrooms. I though it was interesting, though, that they had a sign for the American Crocodile but not one for the alligator. I guess they don't think anyone will notice.

    [If you don't know at least one difference, then watch (hopefully again) Robin Williams's movie Jumanji:
    Sarah Whittle : "Alan, you wrestled an alligator for me."
    Alan Parrish : "It was a crocodile. Alligators don't have that little fringe on their hind leg."

    Now I'm eating lunch at...yes...McDonald's. This country has great french fries, but these are just the regular McDonald's ones, so ugh. The burger was good though, a McNífica, with lettuce, tomato, and onions. Basically, it's the Royal if you're in Europe. (Good on you if that made you remember Pulp Fiction. I guess it's movie quote day 🤣.)

    Pura vida!

    P.S.: I just learned that the US will make all arriving international travelers pass a COVID test before boarding their inbound flight. But it doesn't start until 26 Jan, so I won't have to take one to get back. 😁
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  • Day15

    Museo del Oro Precolombino

    February 29, 2020 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    Unser Flieger geht erst heute Abend und so können wir den letzten Urlaubstag ganz entspannt angehen: ausschlafen - komisch, geht garnicht mehr 🙄 😊.
    Wir frühstücken in Ruhe, packen unseren Kram zusammen, sortieren noch ein bisschen Fotos und Reiseblog und machen uns dann auf den Weg zum letzten Highlight des Urlaubs. Gleich neben dem Nationaltheater bzw. fast darunter, befindet sich das Goldmuseum. Hier wollen wir heute Vormittag hin, also steuern wir unseren Parkplatz von gestern an. Das klappt fast, der Nachbarplatz hat noch eine freie Kapazität.
    Prima, das reicht uns doch!
    Ein Teil des Museums beinhaltet die nationale Münzsammlung mit Münzen, Banknoten und inoffiziellen Währungen wie Kaffeebons - das schauen wir uns zuerst an.
    In den unteren Etagen des Museums werden über 1600 antike Goldobjekte aus präkolumbianischer Zeit ausgestellt. Auch Gebrauch und Herstellung werden demonstriert. Wir sehen Amulette, Ohrringe, schamanische Tierfiguren, erotische Statuetten und immer wieder Froschfiguren - für die Ureinwohner ein traditionelles Symbol des Lebens. Die meisten Ausstellungsstücke stammen aus dem südwestlichen Costa Rica. In diesem tollen Museum lassen wir uns viel Zeit.
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  • Day14

    Museo del Oro Precolombino

    March 24, 2015 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Auf jeden Fall absolut sehenswert ist das Museum für präkolumbianisches Gold, in dem wir uns den Nachmittag vertreiben. Unglaublich, was hier für Schätze lagern.
    Schlimm, dass es nur der Bruchteil ist, den die Spanier seinerzeit nicht gefunden haben.Read more

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