Arriving in Costa Rica

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A ceiling mural of an angel with eyes that follow you around the room. National Theater

Our hotel room was all we could hope for.  Clean and cheap, with reasonably comfortable beds :-)  Upon checking in, we promptly headed to the restaurant for some much needed grub.  Costa Rican food is not too bad.  It's a bit plain but it's good.  Our first meal consisted of rice, beans, fried plaintains (bananas but not as sweet), salad, etc.  This exact meal is usually listed as "Typical Costa Rican food" or "casado" and is available in just about every restaurant we've visited.

After our meal, we went out to explore the city a little bit.  San Jose is not very exciting for most travelers.  There's some nice parks and museums but that's pretty much it.

Detail of wall. National Theater
  Most people visiting Costa Rica just use it as a base to plan trips to other parts of the country.  Our bus out of San Jose wasn't leaving until the morning of the third, so we had an afternoon to kill.  We did so by visiting the National Theater.  The National Theater was built around the turn of the 20th century by rich coffee plantation owners trying to lure European theater troupes to Costa Rica.  It is still used to host plays and concerts and such.  Decorating the walls and ceilings are some pretty cool murals by people who would probably be famous if I knew anything about art.  The most famous shows people picking coffee and loading the beans on to ships for export.  My favorite had an angel whose eyes appeared to follow you around the room.  Cool effect.

Eric says:
Costa Rica is beautiful. Hope you guys have a good time there.
Posted on: Apr 26, 2006
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