A Walk in the Cemetery

Trip Start Feb 08, 2014
Trip End Mar 07, 2014

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Once Jose dropped us off at the Holiday Inn Express in Alajuela, we went to the front desk of the hotel. Since we arrived a bit early, we had to wait in the lobby for a short time.

Luckily, we did not have to wait long and soon enough we were in our room. The room is quite large and had a tv with English shows.. :) Bonus!

Joanne and I then went to Denny's Restaurant to have something to eat. We both had plenty to eat and then headed back to the hotel.

Joanne decided to rest and I headed out for a walk around the city for exercise after having a big meal and also to take some pictures.

There are plenty of hotels, restaurants and car rental agencies in this area of the city. I even noticed a restaurant named after the popular tv show Cheers... :)

During my walk, I also came across a cemetery. Now, I am not sure why but I actually like walking through a cemetery looking at the stones. This cemetery was interesting because it had many ground crypts. Coming from Canada (or at least where I live), there aren't many ground crypts so I found this cemetery to be especially interesting.

Do you know what I find most interesting about cemeteries? Well, I find it interesting how a cemetery is still used to show the social status of a dead person (who doesn't care anymore because they are dead).  There are the big fancy stones to show the world that this person had money. There are the stones that have many other graves around them - to show that this person had many people that were close to them (close enough to want to be buried near them). There are the plots that have a wooden cross - meaning the person probably did not have much money or did not think to spend a lot of money on a grave site. There are the plots that are all by themselves - almost to say that they are still outsiders even when dead. Whatever the case, cemeteries can be quite interesting to explore. I also like to look at the dates on a stone to determine how old the person was when they died. I try to imagine what their life was like and how sad the family must have felt when their family member died.

The cemetery that I visited in Alajuela had many ground crypts. There were also some plots with wooden or stone crosses though. The cemetery was fairly big so I was able to take my time exploring it - taking several pictures. There were the big plots and the small ones as well - some in groups and some alone.. Just like in many other cemeteries that I have visited in my life.

I have come to the conclusion that cemeteries are for the living. After all, the dead don't care where they are. They are dead and that is all! Cemeteries are a place where people can visit people they loved/cared for when they were alive. Perhaps, the living person did not visit the deceased person when they were alive - so by visiting them now, it makes them feel better. Cemeteries are a way to brag - hey, look how much I spent on my loved one's burial plot... I really loved them (and yet once again the deceased person has no opinion on the matter because they are dead). Anyways, cemeteries are very interesting and I enjoy visiting them and taking pictures while touring through their grounds.

After exploring the cemetery, I headed back to the hotel. I am now watching tv and playing on the internet. It is currently 8:18 pm. We fly out of Alajuela tomorrow with US Airways. We fly from San Jose to Syracuse with a pit stop in Charlotte, NC. Our flight is scheduled to leave at 3:35 pm..

I will close off for now.. Adios! :)

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