Day Five--The culture kicks in

Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
Trip End Mar 23, 2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Remember Johnny? Rich business man good looking too by the way.  Well today we both agreed on going to the Museo de Oro Banco Central (Gold Museum). 

$7.00 [but for me it was free because Johnny payed]
About the Gold Museum--
 Located directly beneath the Plaza de la Cultura, this unusual underground museum houses one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian gold in the Americas. On display are more than 20,000 troy ounces of gold in more than 2,000 objects. The sheer number of small pieces can be overwhelming and seem redundant, but the unusual display cases and complex lighting systems show off every piece to its utmost. This museum complex also includes a gallery for temporary art exhibits, separate numismatic and philatelic museums (coins and stamps, for us regular folks), a modest gift shop, and a branch of the Costa Rican Tourist Institute's information center.

Johnny picked me up at Hostel Pangea at 9:30 am.  We went to eat breakfast (which he payed for) and then made our way to the Gold Museum.  In the museum we saw many exhibits.   One of the exhibits entitles  "From the 'Real' to the 'Colón' : A history of Costa Rican currency".  I was much interested in this particular one because the history behind the currency was facinating.  There were also breathtaking models of indians from the early colonies. This was a great place for me to learn about the history of Costa Rica and its roots.  I learned much about the colón [Currency of Costa Rica].  This trip made me realize that there is so much out there that people do now know about and from this experience I have decided to become a world history teacher.  Today I have been modivated to learn and to teach and I cant wait to tell others what I have found out. In the museum we saw gold tombs and other gold ralated displays.  There is a lot of culture behing everything and so much to learn. .  After viewing a great part of the museum Johnny and I went to the gift shop were I got a book of the history of the colón for $15.  I also bought a coffee mug with different gold tombs printed for my beloved and favorite teacher of all time Mr. Chipman. That was $5.95.  I got my friends from my wolrd history class chocolate wrapped in gold foil, 5cents a piece [i got 40]. 
Later that afternoon Johnny and I went to downtown San Jose.  He took me to eat dinner at Rostipollos.

About the restaurant Rostipollo--
Chain of Costa Rican restaurants where you can try roasted chicken with either salads or several typical Central American complements like:
- patacones (fried smashed bananas)
- dados de queso (cheese squares)
- tortillas de maíz (corn pancakes)
- fajitas
- elotes (baked corn)
- frijolitos molidos (smashed red beans)
There are also a selection of desserts. As for the service, it is cool and the prices are reasonable, a good meal with drink and dessert went around US$6-10 per person.

After dinner Johnny took me back to my hostel and there we realized that we wont see each other again, it was heartbreaking.  I said goodbye and slowly walked to my dorm.  
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