Playing Around in Sensational San Jose

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I feel like a new woman

 

PLAYING AROUND IN SENSATIONAL SAN JOSE

 

After returning to the hostel, we bid adios to Adrian for the afternoon. It was now Kelly’s turn to shine… and shine she did!

 

We started by visiting Parque Central, San José’s oldest park.

Frick & Frack of the high seas
It has a famous pavilion in its center that often features popular Sunday concerts. After admiring the city’s most popular gathering place, Kelly led us to several nearby attractions.

 

Facing the park, we walked past the most important church in Costa Rica, the Metropolitan Cathedral. It was built in 1871 after the original was destroyed in an earthquake. Its interior is expansive, with elegantly painted columns made of wood and its high altar is under an ornate cupola ceiling.

 

Across the street was the Melico Salazar Theater. It was built in the 1920s and named after a famous Italian opera singer who liked Costa Rica so much he moved to San José in 1937.                                                                    

 

Kelly then led us down the street to the Gran Hotel, Costa Rica’s grande dame of accommodations.

José finds Costa Rican girlfriend
In the tradition of Central American town planning, this gorgeous hotel is the city’s oldest and still its most prestigious.


Next door to the Gran Hotel was the Teatro Nacional. Completed in 1894 at the height of
Costa Rica’s coffee and banana wealth, the theater is an ornate, spectacularly beautiful testament to a bygone era ��" a golden age of opulence. Considered by many to be Costa Rica’s most remarkable building, its neo-classical exterior is impressive, but the baroque décor is breathtaking.

 

Next, we caught a taxi to El Mercado Central. Quoting Kelly’s Sensational San Jose TB Meetup blog:

www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/39474

 

“The Central Market is full of stalls toting traditional Costa Rican wares like leather, coffee, snowglobes (!) e.t.c. as well as food stands that sell Costa Rican 'comida tipica', (typical food).” There, we kicked back and enjoyed filling fruit drinks on the cheap.

 

Afterwards, we headed for El Museo de Los Niños.

Adrian ready to let it all hang out
We spent hours roaming this fantastic one-of-a-kind hands-on palace for kids of all ages. Highlights included dressing up in several costumes, experiencing a simulated earthquake, taking a tour of a house built on a 20 degree tilt and recording our own TravBuddy version of the Beatles song, “Twist and Shout”.

 

Then, we went next door to the “Adults Museum”. Funny, we acted just as silly in the old folks place as the Children’s museum. Finally, we headed back to the hostel to get prepared for the evening’s entertainment.

 

We went back to the hostel, rested up and got prepared for the night action.

 

Adrian drove us all to El Pueblo, one of San José’s best and most popular entertainment district. We found several mouth-watering restaurants and tons of night clubs, many featuring live musicians. We ate, we drank, we danced… we had a TravBuddy blast!

 

Once again, we stayed until closing and crawled back to our respective abodes. A SPLENDID TIME WAS HAD BY ALL! J

alyssa_ob says:
Those museums look like fun!
Posted on: Oct 09, 2008
yadilitta says:
I'm so glad you had so much fun in your way to Lima. You are so lucky being able to attend to 3 Meet Ups in one week!
Posted on: Sep 23, 2008
shirlan says:
Sounds like a real fun meet up
Posted on: Sep 23, 2008
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I feel like a new woman
I feel like a new woman
Frick & Frack of the high seas
Frick & Frack of the high seas
José finds Costa Rican girlfriend
José finds Costa Rican girlfriend
Adrian ready to let it all hang out
Adrian ready to let it all hang out
Derek eager for San José fun
Derek eager for San José fun
Parque Central - citys oldest park
Parque Central - city's oldest park
San José-CR capital & largest city
San José-CR capital & largest city
José, Derek & Kelly pose in park
José, Derek & Kelly pose in park
Pavillion hosts Sunday concerts
Pavillion hosts Sunday concerts
Often site of national celebrations
Often site of national celebrations
Unique fountain in middle of park
Unique fountain in middle of park
Park where city dwellers rendezvous
Park where city dwellers rendezvous
Metropolitan Cathedral (1871)
Metropolitan Cathedral (1871)
Costa Ricas most important church
Costa Rica's most important church
Americas fast food is everywhere
America's fast food is everywhere
Melico Salazar Theater
Melico Salazar Theater
Teatro National-Tico culture center
Teatro National-Tico culture center
Fountain in front of Gran Hotel
Fountain in front of Gran Hotel
Derek kicks back in Central Market
Derek kicks back in Central Market
Afterwards, we shop for souvenirs
Afterwards, we shop for souvenirs
Castle front of Museo de Los Niños
Castle front of Museo de Los Niños
View from Childrens Museum porch
View from Children's Museum porch
Kelly & I, both quick-on-the-draw
Kelly & I, both quick-on-the-draw
Fabulous five (including Bob) enter
Fabulous five (including Bob) enter
Let the games begin!
Let the games begin!
Science & Cultural Center of CR
Science & Cultural Center of CR
Who looks meaner - planet or Derek?
Who looks meaner - planet or Derek?
Created at ex first ladys pushing
Created at ex first lady's pushing
Derek - the whole world in his hand
Derek - the whole world in his hand
José dreams of being astronaut
José dreams of being astronaut
Kelly walks herself into corner
Kelly walks herself into corner
Ground control to Major Tom
Ground control to Major Tom
Anything you can do-I can do better
Anything you can do-I can do better
Kelly & I start warming up voices
Kelly & I start warming up voices
No one is the same after TB meetup
No one is the same after TB meetup
José admires his new body
José admires his new body
Kelly spies on the guys
Kelly spies on the guys
Ay, ay, matey! Thar she blows!
Ay, ay, matey! Thar she blows!
Arg, youre going to walk the plank
Arg, you're going to walk the plank
Derek is ready to go hog wild
Derek is ready to go hog wild
Playing with pig makes us hungry
Playing with pig makes us hungry
Derek rocks out the house...
Derek rocks out the house...
...while José takes pic of himself
...while José takes pic of himself
Me-Derek-José want helicopter ride
Me-Derek-José want helicopter ride
Kelly locked up inside helicopter
Kelly locked up inside helicopter
Complex is 12,000 square meters
Complex is 12,000 square meters
Museum made for kids under 12...
Museum made for kids under 12...
...and young-at-heart TravBuddies
...and young-at-heart TravBuddies
Two more big kids who love Museum
Two more big kids who love Museum
José and Kelly play Twister
José and Kelly play Twister
Derek was bad boy, sits in corner
Derek was bad boy, sits in corner
Derek helps Bob figure out height
Derek helps Bob figure out height
Derek makes a Costa Rican pal
Derek makes a Costa Rican pal
WOW, another shipping cart to buy
WOW, another shipping cart to buy
Four cute birds
Four cute birds
Reminds me of our hostels pool
Reminds me of our hostel's pool
Emu rules the roost
Emu rules the roost
José willing to take the helm
José willing to take the helm
All get out after quick city flight
All get out after quick city flight
Children line up for slanted house
Children line up for slanted house
Perception-far side of table lower
Perception-far side of table lower
Takes awhile to reorient balance
Takes awhile to reorient balance
Have to walk at incredible angle
Have to walk at incredible angle
José is standing pretty straight
José is standing pretty straight
Derek, the man who would be King
Derek, the man who would be King
Lots of cool, interactive exhibits
Lots of cool, interactive exhibits
Mirror mirror... whos the fairest?
Mirror mirror... who's the fairest?
See a TBer, youll find a camera
See a TBer, you'll find a camera
José gives Derek a helpful push
José gives Derek a helpful push
José has finally made the grade
José has finally made the grade
Derek & Kelly prepare for take off
Derek & Kelly prepare for take off
Rested and ready for adult museum
Rested and ready for adult museum
Galería Nacional adjoins Kids bl…
Galería Nacional adjoins Kid's b…
One plays flute, one picks nose
One plays flute, one picks nose
Im hypnotized by the music
I'm hypnotized by the music
4 woman wanting to destroy in style
4 woman wanting to destroy in style
Painting surrounded by sculpture
Painting surrounded by sculpture
Woman blends in with canvas - 1
Woman blends in with canvas - 1
Woman blends in with canvas - 2
Woman blends in with canvas - 2
José, you cant look up a painting
José, you can't look up a painting
Largest art gallery in country
Largest art gallery in country
Complex will soon add Amphitheater
Complex will soon add Amphitheater
Bob makes a play for the lady
Bob makes a play for the lady
Houses wide variety of art work
Houses wide variety of art work
Derek - bet you cant eat just one
Derek - bet you can't eat just one
All of us enjoy being big kids
All of us enjoy being big kids
Place formerly Central Penitentiary
Place formerly Central Penitentiary
Kelly kisses José after late snack
Kelly kisses José after late snack
Return to hostel, get ready 4 night
Return to hostel, get ready 4 night
Derek & Kelly enjoy El Pueblo
Derek & Kelly enjoy El Pueblo
José & I become good amigos
José & I become good amigos
Anything Adrian can do, I can do...
Anything Adrian can do, I can do...
After dinner, tour El Pueblo bars
After dinner, tour El Pueblo bars
Over 20 music nightspots in area
Over 20 music nightspots in area
Attracted by 2 talented guitarists
Attracted by 2 talented guitarists
Kelly likes sizzlin Latin music
Kelly likes sizzlin' Latin music
José plays rhythm to the music
José plays rhythm to the music
Kelly & Adrian mug for camera
Kelly & Adrian mug for camera
No one can hold back Adrian
No one can hold back Adrian
New member of Adrians fan club
New member of Adrian's fan club
Guitarists get better each set
Guitarists get better each set
José gives numbers and takes names
José gives numbers and takes names
Derek & Kelly tour dance floor
Derek & Kelly tour dance floor
Adrian off in his own world
Adrian off in his own world
Kelly, thanks for such a great day
Kelly, thanks for such a great day
Its been a wonderful TB meetup
It's been a wonderful TB meetup
San Jose
photo by: Isoinspira