Transitting through San Jose

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
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Trip End Jan 31, 2012


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of San Jose,
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 1 - Transit from Boqute, Yoga
Another day in transit. Caught the boat back to the main land and just as it pulled out I remember that I had left my board shorts (and later also had a pair of missing jocks) on the balcony of the hostel where I had hang them to dry. I even remember about them first thing in the morning but stupidly didnt grab them then and there. Actually like the board shorts so a bit disappointed I lost them. Though this isnt the first time and Im sure it wont be the last time I do it.

Got to love the taxi drivers. Shared a cab with another couple from the boat to the bus stop and then the driver continued to the border. Wanted to charge both of us the full far to each of our destinations even though we were sharing the cab. Ended up paying him $5 less than he had originally wanted (which he accepted after a bit of grumbling) but am sure he charged the other couple in the car the full fair.

Nice bus ride through the country with lots of mountains and gorges along the way. Ended up arriving in San Jose but not at the location I expected. Also didnt feel like trying to get a fair price out a taxi driver so decided to risk the 1.5km walk to the hostel.

While I wasnt where I expected I was lucky in that in most central american cities the street signs are easy enough to follow even though you only find one in every five. Nice thing about streets in a lot of these cities is the fact that they are sequentially numbered so you can count off the number of streets you need to pass provided you can find at least one sign. Walk was nice enough and at least the downtown part of town seems fairly clean and modern.

Checked in and unfortunately no dorm rooms available so I had to get a single room. After dumping the bag wandered out onto the streets to do some internet stuff. On the way walked past a yoga place which was just about to start a class and ended up walking in to do it.

Spent the rest of the evening processing photos and trying to clear the backlog of blog entries.

Day 2 - Town, National Museum
Flight not until later in the day and so decided to wander around the town for a few hours as well as down to the airport bus station so that I knew where to go later in the day when I had my pack. Lots of police around and your typical business people in centro with no streets vendors. Wasnt until I got near the bus station that people selling things on the street started to appear.

Along the way decided to stop off at the National museum. This was on a hill that gave a nice view of the city as well as had some interesting local exhibits. Walking around the town found it to be a busy and vibrant place.

Found that on the way to find the bus station for the bus to the airport the city center started to look more and more like the other central american capitals Ive seen. That is, in the very city center you see a fair few middle class locals and businessmen. As you head further out of the center you start to get more and more street vendors and other people appearing on the streets.

An hour before my flight, headed back to the hostel, got my bag and headed to the bus station. Bus definately the bettter option (provided it dropped me near the terminal) since the cost of a ticket was less than $1 while a taxi was $20.

While catching the bus was a bit worried about missing the flight since I had caught a later bus than expected and there was a lot of traffic. Thankfully bus managed to miss some of this by using the bus lane.

Ended up getting dropped off right next to the terminal and found that checkin only took me a few minutes. A lot less than expected so had some time to kill before my flight.
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