It was December 31st, in the late 80's. As the clock struck midnight, my grandmother grabbed a suitcase and ran out to the street; I followed her. We ran to the corner, passing by a cemetery, and then back home. My grandmother told me she did it for good luck; it was supposed to attract trips to the new year. She has traveled to countless places, and was the one who stirred in me that urge to move, to cross at least the street, to explore, observe, smell and feel.
We walked around the monument for a few minutes, and then sat down to watch the sunset. The sun descended slowly, through “the needle”, an oval-shaped gap in between the rocks. The colors of the horizon as the sun sets, and the moon begins to shine taking its place, were simply beautiful. We were amazed, we were marveled, even after sunset, when everything got dark, we wanted to stay.
We wanted the place to ourselves. Nothing like a beautiful sunset in a new place, Coronado Heights, the hill where Francisco Vázquez de Coronado apparently gave up his search for the seven golden cities.
It wasn’t easy to get there, but without a doubt, it was a lot harder to leave. We lived in Cartago in 2014, when we first visited Santa Teresa. We took two buses and a ferry, and we would do it again and again. See, this is the place where you actually go to relax. Now that I think about it, that last sentence will probably be repeated in the next posts we will share with you, I guess we relax too much, or not enough.
On Saturday March 19th, Colors of Costa Rica was at the Feria de Diseño Gourmet Los Yoses with special guests. A dear friend was celebrating her birthday, so we took the opportunity and attended the event in Los Yoses.
Last Saturday, March 5th we had the opportunity to attend the Amón Cultural event, in Barrio Amón. Several businesses and institutions from the same neighborhood got together to offer its visitors everything from guided tours, tea samples, concerts and dance presentations to art-creating activities, such as writing on a wall or coloring a sidewalk.
A sunny and gorgeous Sunday, like the one we had today reminds me of how much I like Costa Rica. Will and I went to Barrio Escalante, where the 2nd La Luz Gastronomy Festival took place. We got there early, just in time to try a choripán without having to wait in line.
The weather gets cooler as we head North on the road that leads to the Irazú volcano. We don’t drive all the way up there; we stop on the road to glance down… a beautiful view of Cartago. It’s windy, but the yellow flowers bring warmth into the picture. After that, we decide to go to Prusia. It’s “unknown territory” for us and we’re a bit doubtful about being able to get there, after reading a review that recommends a 4x4 vehicle.
This is the first destination post of the blog, intended to promote Costa Rica and it’s many wonders. It had been a while since the last time we were in Zarcero, Alajuela; so we decided to refresh our memory with a short trip.