Friday evening we walked up to the mall, engaged in a little people watching and then movie watching. We saw The Hobbit. Yes, it was in English, with Spanish Sub-titles for the natives. That was an experience. We enjoyed the movie, despite not being Hobbit/Lord-of-the-Ring fans. After the movie we walked up to a brand new restaurant, an Applebee's that had just opened in Cariari. (the town where our hotel was located) It was nice to enjoy some American food after the steady diet of rice and beans! We caught a taxi back the hotel and survived the ride. Bruce laughingly asked our driver if he was related to Mario Andretti.... to which the driver responded "Que? Noooooo?"
Saturday Morning armed with maps and directions from our hotel desk clerks, we trekked up to the bus stop and caught the bus into San Jose, the capitol. We enjoyed the ride and were deposited near the center of town. An easy walk to the market streets, which are closed to auto's. Foot traffic only. We winded our way through the THRONG of people... I guess it's the same everywhere you go-- people waiting till the last minute to do their Christmas Shopping!!
We had dinner at the hotel that night... which by the way, the meals offered there were really good and not horribly overpriced. We ate dinner there most nights. A couple of times we snacked in our room, and one night we walked down to a little Mexican Cafe. Breakfast was always at the hotel-- part of the room fee. We enjoyed the swimming pool a few times and the hot tub as well. Our accommodations were top notch and we felt both spoiled and blessed.
The Adventure Inn specializes in catering to Americans and arranging all kinds of exciting tours. More about OUR tour in my next post!