If there’s one defining symbol of Costa Rican culture, it has to be the oxcart (ok, apart from football jerseys, coffee and cerveza Imperial, that is). The importance of the oxcart, or carreta, dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. The elaborate, hand-painted carts were first used as a means to transport coffee beans. While coffee is now … [Read more…]
Church bells clang, railroad tracks rattle and laughter leaps down the street. On a Sunday morning, the sounds of San Jose, Costa Rica waft through the gated window in my room at Hotel Colonial, landing on my bed along with the sun’s warm rays.
I walk through the doors of the Museo de Arte Costarricense, the national art museum in San José, and enter the first exhibit to the left. Before I even have a chance to read what the exhibit is about, a friendly man approaches me and introduces himself. “Hello, my name is Ricardo Ávila and I … [Read more…]
It seems that San José, Costa Rica gets painted in the same negative light in every guidebook I read. “San José is congested, bustling and noisy,” says the Moon Handbook on Costa Rica. “San José is not a pretty city. It’s studded with unremarkable concrete towers, clogged pedestrian arcades and fast-food outlets redolent of everything fried,” reads … [Read more…]
Last week I had the opportunity to celebrate the start of the holiday season in one of my favorite ways –with a performance of The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker at the National Theatre of Costa Rica I attended the ballet at the National Theatre of Costa Rica in San José. Built in … [Read more…]
Get out of San José as fast as you can. This unfortunate piece of advice was given to me time and time again when I told acquaintances I was moving to Costa Rica and would be living near the capital city. For me personally I had one major problem with this circulating notion that San … [Read more…]