“You need more photos in the city, not just of nature.”
The incredible woman behind my Costa Rican home and owner of Innova Adventure Travel!
So here it was.
We left the house at two.
Took the bus downtown.
Walked onto the brick laid streets.
Crowded with people.
Locals’ selling items in the middle of the walkways
And families on their daily missions.
Before I knew it,
We were arriving in the middle of the city
A beautiful, pristine hotel.
I was in the lobby of Hotel Presidente.
Laura exchanged some words,
we both handed the gentleman our business cards.
To the third floor we went,
getting a tour of the different suites offered.
In awe taking photos,
opening windows to hang out and take photos of the busy streets below.
Up to the 7th floor,
a gym with glass windows over looking the city.
Back down to the third floor,
freshly made sweet cappuccinos.
Sitting at the table,
a conversation fully in Spanish.
Me in silence.
Trying to pick out words or phrases I understood.
A few more words exchanged,
in both English and Spanish.
Then Laura and I were back on our way.
Down into the lobby
Out the door
and onto the crowded streets of downtown San Jose.
a political rally for the upcoming elections.
The central market,
fruits, vegetables, fish for days.
Bright colors everywhere.
Fruits never before seen by the actual eye,
normally just seen on some kind of screen.
Laura patiently described our environment,
a statue here,
what was happening there,
people to look out for.
This is my home for now,
these are the surroundings I see directly in front of me,
as they are my current reality.
And on we went.
Out of the cathedral,
back onto the bus.
This time headed towards home.
A few moments of traffic later,
a bus stop or two,
and a few more,
we were being dropped off just down out street from our home.
I walked into my room
immediately uploaded my photos to my hard drive.
A smile was brightly painted on my face.
was one where I captured that just walking distance from my current home.
At one moment,
I stopped and paused.
There I was with the cathedral doors in front of me,
I walked through,
and found a young man kneeled at the back of the room.
the sun was so gracefully shinning onto the right side of his shoulder.
and then took a few more.
Remaining in complete awe of the moment directly in front of me,
a walking human
is so blessed to witness and see.
I woke the next morning,
went for an early run,
home to freshin’
and back out of the house.
on my way to the local Saturday morning organic farmers market, Feria Verde..
My, oh my.
The stuff you can find there.
This very morning,
I indulged in a warm vanilla cappuccino,
tostada con huevos,
and of course a bag of three chocolate croissants.
(Yes, I ate all three by time I walked by to my front door)
I am not too sure if I love looking at what the vendors are selling
looking at the people and the environment.
Conversations all around,
both in English and Spanish.
Coffee made of flowers.
Lipstick made of cacao.
25 ingredient empanadas.
I took photos.
We walked about
and met new friends.
So, it was.
Time to wonder again.
This time through a few new community parks,
back through downtown.
One park had youth slack-lining, juggling and holla-hoopin’
The other had a man stopping from his bicycle adventure to take a photo in front of a national monument.
Abby and I sat and talked to him for a few minutes,
both in English and Spanish,
where he expressed the importance of taking off sunglasses while talking to people
as it shows signs of intelligence and respect.
We exchanged names,
and my day continued.
I went home again yet humbled
at the days adventures,
I am thankful.
I am proud.
These are photos from my two days of adventuring around downtown Costa Rica!
As always, enjoy and MANY blessings!