Jade, Gold & God
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
18Trip End Dec 2008
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So decide to take the public city bus to Parque Central where the Museo de Oro (Gold Museum ) is located. It sets me back .60 cents...LOL... & $7.00 for el museo.
The Gold museum, in downtown San Jose, is very easily the country's best, and perhaps Central America, museum. It displays thousands of different examples of Pre-Colombian, ornate, gold artifacts. The pieces in the collection date from 500 BC to 1600 AD, when the new world was being supposedly discovered by Christopher Columbus an the artifacts range from simple round earrings to intricately worked representations of local animals and spirit Gods
I walked around the various Parks enroute to my next tourist stop.
Museo de Jade. ( Jade Museum ). I walked in and the armed guard told me it was free today. I asked her why I was so special? She said the cashier did not show up to work today. I finally get something free.
Jade was the most precious of all materials in the eyes of the pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica, and throughout Ancient America
San Jose has it all. Casinos, Legal prostitution, night clubs, great restaurants and shopping. Its a bustling city that reminds of a latino version of New York City. It never sleeps, is full of people sharing side walks and scurrying to cross streets to avoid heavy traffic and tons of taxis. It reminded me of the video game called Frogger when I was a kid. BTW- The pedestrians don't have the right of way here.
I take various other random pictures of statues, The national theatre before it rains. Since, I am standing in front of Costa Ricas largest catholic church and I go in. I was born catholic, but have not been to a catholic church in years. I guess this was Gods way of inviting me back. I walk in, the service is just beginning. I sit quietly and enjoyed the formalities and ceremonial procession the Priest goes through before he begins the service. Since I really can't hear him or understand what he is saying, I sit and quietly thank the Lord for allowing me to reach this stage of my life and the place I am currently at.