We took a day to go into San Jose, our plan was to visit the Children's Museum and then go to the big market to let the kids get a souvenir. The traffic heading into San Jose was absolutely awful. We crawled along the highway forever. Then just as we were coming up on our exit we got a flat tire. Flat tires are never a welcomed event, but in Costa Rica the police hand out flyers warning tourists about getting flat tires. They say it is a common practice for surly characters to give you a flat tire and then rob you while you are trying to fix it. These thoughts amplified by a carload of hot sweaty tired kids only magnified the unpleasantness of the situation. Luckily nobody mugged us, Aaron had our extra tire on in no time, and we were once again on our way. This time through the narrow streets of San Jose.
|One of the crazy motorcyclists weaving through bad traffic.|
The Children's museum is inside of the what was once a giant stone and brick prison. The structure is impressive and beautiful!
|We walked up through a torrential downpour to the museum.|
|The Museum was really fantastic! Full of great displays and interactive|
things. The kids loved it. We didn't have to take the time to read any signs
because they were all in Spanish.
|The had a house laid out on the ground and then a mirror to look up at to create these fun optical illusions.|
|Many of the rooms still have bars at the doorway.|
We closed this one for the picture.
|Every morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast outside. They had traditional Costa Rican breakfast of rice and beans with eggs as well as baguettes. The kids cleaned them out of a least one huge loaf of French bread each morning.|
|Max, aka Captain Justice, didn't feel it was right for Jonah to earn|
any screen time without doing proper homework, not just
for coloring. So he took matters into his own hands
and organized a math lesson.
Adventures at La Paz Waterfall and Zoo
We drove up the mountain on Saturday to visit the La Paz waterfalls. When we found out it was going to be over $200 to take our family in, I balked. Perhaps it was my insisting we were not going to pay that much for the afternoon, or it was Aaron's great negotiating, but probably most likely them watching the kids make havoc of the gift shop, but they decided to let us in at the local price instead of the tourist price, about half of the original. I was so glad because it was truly impressive and most enjoyable experience.
|This one stayed in Aaron's armpit for a|
good 10 minutes.
|Maggie's favorite exhibit was the cats, pumas, jaguars, and ocelots.|
|This blog is also our memory book of our trip so when everybody gets the chance|
to have a toucan on their arm, we post a lot of pictures of a toucan sitting on
someone's arm. How often will that ever happen? :)
|After the animals we hiked down the path to four|
different waterfalls. Incredibly beautiful!
|I liked having to stop for these cows to get moved down the road|
on our way back.
|Halloween photo op with a nice gentleman|
at the hotel that my kids made friends with,
they called him, Abuelito.
|The kids came up with their own costumes using|
the resources available. Maggie called herself Nature girl,
(very fitting). Then with a few Halloween goodies given to us
by some super thoughtful friends before we left we celebrated
our own mini Halloween.