Week One: Adventures in San Jose


Advertisement
Costa Rica's flag
Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » San José » Escazu
September 30th 2011
Published: October 7th 2011
Edit Blog Post

Out in EscauzOut in EscauzOut in Escauz

Martin + Beer = Super Martin!!
With our Lonely Plantet in one hand and 285 colones for our bus fare in the other, Peter and I ventured out into the capital city of San Jose for a day. Not because of the pollution or smog, but from cold & flu season, we packed our day packs with the essentials: kleenex, kleenex, and more kleenex, cough drops, and vitamin C tablets. It's a good thing we didn't know anyone on the bus anyway, because our synchronized nose-blowing sure wasn't going to land us friends anytime soon...pretty much, we were a hot mess...

Our couchsurfing hosts live in Escazu, a small suburb away from the hustle and bustle of the Costa Rican capital. Mostly filled with expats and other gringos, Escazu is quiet and easy to navigate. We managed to find the city center--a quaint little park with lovely trees and benches. Practicing our Spanish there one day, we watched people walking their dogs, fathers playing with their children, and teens cutting class. And after being in Escazu just one day, we could direct the taxi driver to Will and Raquel's house (our CF hosts)...in Spanish! Que bueno!

San Jose, on the other hand, is everything you
Out in EscauzOut in EscauzOut in Escauz

Typical street view
love about big cities: crowded, a million buses, homeless people sleeping on the corners, litter strewed across the streets, and people selling pirate DVD copies of the latest movie. And yet, using our trusty Lonely Planet map (I never leave home without one!), we found our way to the quiet little neighborhood, Barrio Amon, the key art center of Costa Rica. We dodged the afternoon rain by snaking through various art galleries and art museums (some better than others), and grabbing a yummy (but pricey) almerzo, and our very first round of batidos (fruit smoothies).

Next on the agenda was a stop at the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (see....Spanish isn't that hard). Walking through a beautiful butterfly garden was the last thing we expected as we entered the museum, but apparently, butterflies are at the heart of the Costa Rican rainforests and thrive here due to the climate. Between coughs and sneezes, we learned a lot about the pre-Columbian Costa Rica and even saw some tropical birds!

Although we asked 7 different ticos (and got 9 different answers) how to find the bus back to Escazu, our broken Spanish got us back home!

-Ilene

Scroll
Out in EscauzOut in EscauzOut in Escauz

Fuel gauge tattooed on a car? Sure, por que no?
to the bottom of this page for the rest of the pictures...


Additional photos below
Photos: 23, Displayed: 23


Advertisement

San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Fun bridge
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Mural of unos gatos underneath that fun bridge
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Check out those massive satellites
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

That building says, "INS" !! -Ilene Nicole Solomon
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Street signs...can you tell we're in the artsy neighborhood of Barrio Amon now?
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

El mercado mural...I want this on the outside of mi casa too!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Martin's favorite kind of art...
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Pretty art and pretty flowers
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

They don't call Costa Rica an environmentally progressive country for nada....!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

A busy San Jose calle
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

<3 amor
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

A view from el parque nacional
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Mariposa!!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Mas mariposas!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

That's one scary-looking caterpillar
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

So many cocoons!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Gathering some strength and power from a pre-Columbian sphere, used to mark the elite within southern Costa Rican groups.
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Mel, too bad this pre-Columbian washer wasn't in the Czech washing machine museum!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

Costa Rica!!!!
San JoseSan Jose
San Jose

We love Costa Rica already


7th October 2011

Looking nice
Hey Girl... I'm happy for the two of you!! Looks like you guys have sorted it all out! I'm kinda jealous of the two of you! Love to travel again... Keep your stories posted on FB and I will read them all!! Miss you my little miss american! Xoxoxox
7th October 2011

keep writing kiddies, love it:)
8th October 2011

Love Your Blog
Great pics!! I so enjoyed reading about your Costa Rican adventures. Have fun and enjoy!1
9th October 2011

More posts please! I love your writing and hearing all about your life. I LOOOOVE you cousin!!
10th October 2011
San Jose

tak ten se povedl

Tot: 0.068s; Tpl: 0.019s; cc: 7; qc: 53; dbt: 0.0155s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.4mb