Transformations: Going to bed aware of where the kids are in relation to windows or heavy objects and moving things around.
New foods: gallo pinto (very good traditional breakfast with rice & beans), Costa Rican corn bread (a milky, creamy cornbread that has a thick pudding texture), hot sugar cane juice
After the earthquake the power was out so we walked to the restaurant for brunch. My Spanish is pretty bad but I understood the kitchen staff was discussing death, destruction, and the end of the world. They kept bringing up Nostradamus, the prophecy, and "the end is near". All of the happy thoughts and the realization that there were probably going to be aftershocks made me want to get my kids out of the very steep cloud forest and off that "landslide waiting to happen" of a hill. Within 2 hours we moved to flatter ground near San Jose. While we were in the area we visited the Teatro Nacional (The National Theatre) where we were able to watch a beautiful rehearsal as well as learn about the history of the theater. We walked around San Jose for half a day, along Avenida Central/Plaza de la Cultura & to a park. We also visited Museo Nacional (The National Museum) which has some really interesting history. The museum was once a fort and is at the highest point in the city. While we were in a courtyard on the top of the building lightning hit a flagpole about 15-20 feet from us. Sophia thought a bombs were being dropped it was so loud. Whew- I know Costa Rica is usually a lovely, gentle place but we just weren't feeling it.