Cows and skateboarding

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
across the road from tranquillas backpackers

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Friday, July 25, 2008

I headed to the well advertised around central America Tranquilo backpackers in San Jose. The place was packed and looked scruffy.. I think this place is a joke a hope any traveller reading this avoids it and crosses the road to the cleaner and mellowed hostel opposite. Anyway tranquillos had no beds for me as they were sold out due to it being in well reviewed in the Lying Planet and everybody including me falling for they're flashy orange leaflets and posters that are displayed up and down the gringo trail. So coz they had no room I was offered the tv room mattress for $9us to sleep on, I said 'what about everyone who is sitting on my 'bed' watching tv?' and he told me they leave normally about 10pm.. Err for $9us, they are taking the f**king piss, no thanks.. If they offered it for free if you booked the next night in a dorm bed then maybe but otherwise Laters.. I walked immediately across the road and found a clean quiet sanctuary to rest in, and met one really cool guy from the states who used to skateboard and is a recovering alcoholic that I would've liked to have travelled with if I hadn't changed my plans to head south quickly.

After being surrounded by jungle and farmland on a river for the past 10 days San Jose felt very modern and clean, with all the capitalistic consumerism you can take.. I loaded up on McDonalds, window shopping and getting applications and songs for my iPod touch. There was an outside art exhibition all over the city consisting of a couple of hundred full size cow statues that had been painted or remodeled to the artists wishes, some were cut, painted, added to and one remodeled to replicate a stripper on a pole..

San Jose has the best skatepark i'd been to in Central America, called Arenas.. It is quite centrally located and is an indoor wooden type with skateshop and refreshment bar, you have to wear a helmet though whilst skating though. I spent a few days there and didn't want to leave until I was fully exhausted and ready to drop down.. I met a young 8yr old skater called James who was born in Chelsea, London complete with green felt tip tattoos on his arm which impressed me so hung with him for chit chat.. I hope to see him in a magazine and pro within the next ten years, and hopefully I helped just a tiny bit with some advice on his tricks.

On leaving from the hostel to the Tica Bus station I found out it was just 10blocks away, downhill through traffic.. My deck came in very handy saving me some taxi fare as I rolled all the way to the terminal.
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