The day started like the other days. I awoke around 5 AM and had an hour or so to kill on my own. I used that time to have coffee and check up on emails.
We took a taxi to the US Embassy and in about 1/2 hour we were done there. Not bad, it only took a few minutes to generate the document we needed.
After that, we go into another taxi and made our way over to the Meseo de Arte, although we wanted to go to the Museo del Oro. It was OK, because we ended up finding the Casa de Canada where Uncle Jim needs to be on Monday anyway. We went inside and he confirmed his appointment and then we met some Canadians inside. The guard was then kind enough to hail a taxi and we made our way to the Museo del Oro. A young man of 24 provided us transportation.
After walking through the Gold Museum and seeing all the gold there was, we started walking around down town. After a while we found a Chinese restaurant to have some lunch. We were on the way back to an actual Spanish restaurant when we decided to just have some Chinese instead. The food was good and we both had a decent meal for about 10$ US.
One of the things to get used to is the high number with regards to the local currency. One US dollar is around CRC 505, so it is not uncommon to have paper bills as low as 1000 on up. Coins are in 25, 50, 100, and 500 – I’m sure there are others but that’s what we’ve had in hand.
We went into a few shops and one of the last one I went into was a common market with many vendors setup. It was hard to tell where one started and the other ended, but they were all very nice (and pushing there goods). I did end up getting a couple of wooden boxes, small but nice. I spoke a bit of Spanish with Maria, but I didn’t have the ear to understand a good bit of what she was saying.
We spent another 3 hours or so walking around and finally got a cab to take us back to the hotel. Having the hotel’s business card really helped a lot. I handed the cab driver the card and he knew where to go. I think I understood him confirming directions on the phone, but cannot say for sure.
Once we made it back to the hotel, we decided to relax a bit. I suggested that we may just do room service tonight and not worry about going out.