Pura Vida in Costa Rica – San Jose

We took a shared cab to San Jose.

The road is again through picturesque mountain side, lush and green and gradually descends in to the plains below. As the drive progresses, weather becomes warmer, traffic increases and you find yourself in the midst of a typical city. Blaring horns, traffic, street hawkers, the general hustle – bustle which brings you back to the realities of life.

I was a bit sick by the time we reached San Jose and we decided to check-in and chill.

We got a sub, fries and watched some Spanish television.

The next morning, we went to downtown San Jose to see the Gold Museum. Of course, there are several other places of interest – National Theater, Central Park, National Museum etc. But I wanted to see the gold museum with his pre-Columbian era artifacts and models of how people lived, hunted, fished etc. in those days.

I was feeling sick again, so ventured out to find some place to drink something and sit down. There were beautiful Christmas decorations on the street.

After a quick lunch, I was still queasy.Suspecting something amiss, we went to a pharmacy and bought a pregnancy test kit. It was hilarious trying to ask the lady behind the counter for the kit. She didn’t speak any English and I didn’t speak enough Spanish to ask for this. Guide books and phrase books don’t come quipped with this, well because, not all tourists go looking for this.

Finally we got the kit and came back to the hotel. We were so elated when both lines turned blue.

It was the best news of our lives 🙂

Then suddenly I worried about the food, drinks and all the fall during white water rafting. In hindsight, everything turned  out to be alright. We joke that Varun’s first trip was to Central America with all these adventures. No wonder he loves to travel!

Costa Rica is very family friendly. We saw tons of large families travelling together. It’s easy to book a van and get a driver for the entire stay. There are plenty of options for everyone – from zoo’s, serpentoriums, animals and insects museums to adventure sports. Its cheap and the dollar stretches further if you can avoid the Thanksgiving to Christmas peak season. Hike, bike, ride, snorkel – its guaranteed to keep you asking for more.

Its one of those places that I  know Varun will have a lot to do and love. Cant wait for him to grow up and go zipline with him 🙂


About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on November 26, 2012, in Costa Rica, Travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience in San Jose. The story about the pharmacy is great. Congratulations by the way! It goes to show that even though one person doesn’t speak great Spanish and the other doesn’t speak great English… you can communicate, especially when you need too.

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