Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
No, but I could probably figure it out if I had to.

We arrived back in San Jose around 1 pm this afternoon . We took the Grayline mini bus and it was very easy and comfortable. Since our room at the Grano De Oro wasn't quite ready, we decided to take a cab to the downtown area and shop around a bit. We went and had coffee at Spoon, because I told Lissy about it and she wanted to try it. Once again, it didn't disappoint! After that, we wandered in the Central Market, and I bought a few more things.

We settled into our lovely room. This hotel is beautiful! Apparently it was two older homes at one time, and now it's a hotel. It's small, quaint and clean. At 3:30, I went to my massage appointment in the hotel. My masseuse was Jennifer, and she was excellent. I could literally feel the bad toxins and sickness exiting my body. Or, I'd like to think they were. While Lissy was getting her massage, I checked out the jacuzzi on the top floor, and that was pretty awesome.

We ended up going to Machu Picchu, a Peruvian restaurant in San Jose for dinner . It was recommended in Fodor's, which was quite obvious by the amount of tourists who happen to also read Foder's. Still, the food was fresh, tasty and very filling. I had not had Peruvian cuisine before, so it was great. Alejandro, a guy I met at Maximo last week, joined us for a beer. It was nice seeing him and catching up.

Tomorrow we are off to a Poas Volcano/Doka Estate Coffee/Butterfly Farm tour. It should be pretty cool ! I know the tour guide books say San Jose isn't that great and just a pit stop for the beach towns, but I actually like it here. People actually speak Spanish, the menus are in Spanish and colones (Costa Rican money) are mainly accepted. Maybe I'm weird, but I LIKE all that stuff. When I visit a foreign country, I don't want to feel as if I haven't left the states. I want to feel like I'm in a foreign country. I want to practice my Spanish and attempt to talk to Ticos in their native language. I don't want it to feel like I'm still at home. This experience should be different than anything else I've experienced.

Otherwise, what's the point?  
Hasta manana!
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