The flight Miami to Costa Rica had some lovely views as we traveled south, although we were nearly redirected to Liberia due to bad weather which would have been a bad start to the trip. They made it down on the second attempt; to the wild cheering and applause of the Americans who get very excited by ‘airplanes’.
From there it was a quick connection to the hotel in time to have some dinner with the G Adventure crew and a chance to meet my roommate for the duration, a tall broad-shouldered German Doctor.
It was about five hour in the bus, and the mood was quiet. When we arrived, there would be one last dinner and in the morning we would start to go our separate ways...
Dinner was lovely at a Mexican Cartina, I was disappointed the ‘pint of wine’ was a regular glass with a bad translation. I had tacos which were excellent. Only one couple were not with us, they had gone for a private dinner as they got engaged the evening before.
It was a fund sight, but also a bit subdued as we all knew it was our last meal together.
A couple of us went for a final few beers before bed at a nearby sports bar.
I managed to see a few people off in the morning, before heading out to the nearby Costa Rican art museum. It is a small building, but the selection is good and it is free entry.
After a coffee at a nearby cafe I explored the local park for a while.
I then walked into town to find some food, ended up eating at an excellent Argentinian place.
I then met up with one of the others from the tour to do the gold museum which also has the history of the coins of Costa Rica. The vault doors were impressive, and the collection well laid out and annotated (Spanish + English)
After a pint or two we headed back to the hotel to get changed for dinner. One of the guys from the tour was having women problem and so invites himself along to dinner. It was one of the most expensive places in San Jose, Grand d’oro (?) a French place, the service was strangely surely, but the food was exquisite. Rabbit Raviolo, duck breast, creme brule and some excellent wine.
Final day in Costa Rico, I had a late start, breakfast with one of the remaining group before I headed out to the centre of town, taking a different route, a more authentic set of shops including several horse riding stores.
After a coffee and a brief chat with some Swiss girls, I headed to the Jade museum set in a new building. The grey monolith dominates the scene.
The collection is spread over five floors, and well annotated. There is a danger, when seeing when the items were produced to be dismissive, chiselled bowls in 800AD, and it is an impulse that needs to be controlled.
When done with the museum, I had an excellent steak at an Argentinian, chaotically busy, I ate at the bar.
Following lunch, I headed to the national museum set in an old fortress that became obsolete when the army was abolished in the mid 20th century.
Interestingly, the entire hall is a butterfly sanctuary...
Past that, then are a series of rooms, with their own themes, the arrival of the carriage, the building itself, are one on the current street of Costa Rica, being very open with its criticism that women and the LGBT+ community are let down by the government.
I then spent an hour or two wondering seeing the sight, some parks and the Temple de la Music, where kids dances on the pagoda and alt-rockers sit on stone branches.
I then retired to a roof top bar to watch the people go by and drink some local craft ales.
Dinner was at a local pizza place called The Corner with Simpsons on the TV and good red wine. A beer at a bar hall way home and my adventure was done, just my flights home to following day.