Cash cabs & Flavellas
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
18Trip End Dec 2008
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I'm going to scope out an apartment in town with all the goodies for living cheaper than full time at the beach. Founded in 1738, San Josť is one of the youngest capitals of Latin America by its year of foundation, though it was not named capital until 1823
I take in alot of scenery and talk to my neighbor sitting next to me. He asks me in Spansih if I speak english and I tell him. Yo hablo espanol. He looks surprised, but impressed and thus ensues a rather lengthy on and off discussion about most traveller/local subject matter. His name is Nelson. A father of 2 girls, 3 months & 6 years and married for 8 years. He enlightens me on the economic circumstances he faces as a young father and the various perceptions he has of the US and Puerto Rico. Life is not easy for alot of people here, but they maintain a positive and cheery outlook on life and foreigners.
6 hours later we pull into San Jose but before we reach the bus terminal, he offers me his cell phone number in case i want to go otu or need any questions answered. You gotta love these people. We get off the bus and the Bus driver asks for my ticket
I dont know the inner city bus to take, so I reluctantly ask a taxi driver if he knows where the Vista Lind Apartments on Calle Blanco and El Encanto are? he says yes and off we go liar. We finally find the place fter he pulls over to ask a minimum of 10 times and three real cool Flavellas. At first he tells me $5.00 then $8.00. I'm like dude, "if you will jst fucken get me to the plce, I'll give your sorry butt. $10.00
turns out, he is not officially liscened. He is a pirate taxi. I could have got robbed if i didnt know spanish. But, the bastard got me to the apartments and I gave him the money and told him to fuck off.
The owner carlos told me it should have only been 3 or 4 dollars. To use his phone to call for the right price next time. Live and learn. Dont trust taxi drivers. They tell ya there is no buses running or they are full or its dangerous to walk and in some cases it is. just to get that mighty buck from a tourist.
Anyways, the place is great for the money. I have a great view from the back window of the surrounding mountains and nice balcony view of the manicured court yard and fauna flora. I take the next two days off from partying & moving inorder to rest, work out, get caught up on research and Internet maintenance.
Tomorrow its time to start scouting out San Jose and planning a trip to the beach this weekend. Its hard beng me...LMFAO