Dia Primo - San Jose, Costa Rica
Trip Start Jan 09, 2007
7Trip End Mar 05, 2007
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So today I bought a mini-mustard jar from the supermercado in San Jose on Avenida Central. I felt much better after that.
We woke up late this morning, around 10am, with the sounds of renovations outside our room at Kap's Place in the Aranjuez district. When we arrived last night we were shown to the $55 a night room we had reserved but we took one look at the single beds in separate rooms and asked the desk clerk for alternative options. He offered us a $35 a night room with three single beds in a row. We accepted the cheaper room and pushed the beds together, which is probably better for Bob anyways as he's 6'4" and I've seen his feet hanging over the end of a couple of hotel beds in the time we've been dating.
We started the day moseying along Avenida Central and while we were picking up malaria pills from a pharmacy, a young pharmacist took us under her wing when we asked her where to go for a mountain view. She told us which bus to take to Terra Mall and actually accompanied us to the bus stop and spoke to the driver to tell him in Spanish where we were going. The bus ride, which showed us parts of San Jose we could never have walked to, as well as a lovely mountain view cost us 160 Colones each way (US25cents).
We returned back to the center of the city later on, walked more, traipsed through the Cultural Market and had lunch at a restaurant on the second floor allowing us to sip our first Imperial Beer and watch the locals and visitors stroll by on the promenade below us.
For dinner we bought food at the supermercado on Avenida Central and Bob cooked up some incredible Argentinian Sausages with diced tomatoes and red peppers in the mess kit his parents gave me for Christmas (Our hotel has a couple shared kitchens). Now we're checking our e-mail, checking the news and planning our bus ride to Puerto Viejo tomorrow. My question is - do I feel out of the United States yet? I'll answer that tomorrow.
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