The Last Weekend
San Jose Travel Blog› entry 51 of 72 › view all entries
March 3rd, 2007 – by: Higton
I've had a wander around in San Jose today just to say adios to a few places. It's sort of sad and sort of exciting too. I also want to defend the old place a bit. I can understand why Chepe gets a bit of a kicking. It isn't the most beautiful of places and some of the places that visitors end up in are grim. But it has a charm if you look in the right spots.
I had a sit in Parque Morazan today which is a nice spot in the day (less so when the sun goes down) as well as enjoying a nice bite to eat at the Q Cafe (as per review). The thing is, as soon as you look up, big mountains and volcanoes look down on you.
I also got off the bus after my stop and had a walk back down the hill, just to get another feel for the barrio that has been home for the past eight months. It is quiet on a Saturday - most people seem to have slipped into town or to the mall. The north wind whips through the streets at the moment, gloriously cool against a fierce tropical sun. Most of the green has turned to brown, but there are still splashes of colour everywhere.
And just as I was walking down the last block to the office, the faint surrealness that seems to have punctuated my stay here reared its head again. A car drove by with a clown in it. It seemed a bit wrong to see at 2pm on a 27 degrees centigrade afternoon. Clearly, I had to run after it and take a photograph - just seemed to be the done thing.
I then wandered back, got myself a coffee and had a bit of a relax. All this wandering around is quite tiring.
I'm excited to be spending the next couple of months roaming Central America, but I'll always remember San Jose with a fondness foreginers don't seem usually have for the city.
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