Day 2 - We landed in San Jose late last night and after getting through boarder control we headed to get our bags from baggage claim. Got to baggage claim grabbed my bag and stood and waited for Mel's to come around however Mel's didn't come around. Instead it decided to stay the night in Dallas. So after spending some time sorting out getting the bag back - which is hopefully going to be tomorrow, we headed out through customs to meet out transfer guy. Our driver was a very friendly guy who spoke English well and gave us lots of tips including avoiding the she-man prostitutes. Prostitution is legal here so at night they all hang on the corners trying to get business with there very big fake boobs.
Once we got to our hotel we pretty much just had showers and went straight to bed. Slept in till 9.30 and then got up to start the day.
Didn't have any real plans other than to walk around the main streets of San Jose just to get a feel for the place and get our bearings.
It's Christmas over here for street traders which means there are a lot of people around spending money and walking the streets. The Government allows street traders to trade in the streets during the months of November and December so that they can earn money for Christmas - all other months they have a section of the police force that make sure no street trading occurs, so in other words as soon as they see a police Officier they grab there s*** and run.
We walked down the main central street and took it all in. It just felt like it was just stores and stores of crap. We did come across an amazing street performance from a bunch of blokes making some pretty cool music with buckets. Will post a snippet on Facebook so you can check it out.
After having some lunch we walked to the national theatre and came across a guy offering city walking tours for $10 US. We discussed it and decided yes that would be a good idea as it seems all other ones are lot more expensive.
He was a really nice guy and seemed genuine so we both felt comfortable. He spoke 7 languages and was honest. He walked us around the city and showed us the government buildings, colleges and schools - a number of schools are made entirely of metal which is interesting. He walked us through a number of small parks and gave us a run down on all the plants that are local to Costa Rica. Best one had to be the eucalyptus plant which he gave us some tips on how best to use it to keep the mozies away.
For some reason these tourist guides think they are the best photographers ever and so he kept taking Mel's camera and taking 'creative' photos - delete - delete - delete.
Got to the end and it had started raining at that point to we went and had a coffee with him and then said our goodbyes.
After that we decided to call it a day - got some food from the supermarket and then headed back feeling exhausted.
Signing off now to get a good nights sleep.