Our first 24 hours in Costa Rica were action-packed, and our friends could not have made us feel more welcome. Our friend Mario was so kind to pick us up at the airport. After a dinner of ceviche and RostiPollos (mmm…), we put our tired selves to bed in anticipation of a very full day to come. And our first activity upon waking was, of course…
The Farmer’s Market!
The market in Santo Domingo de Heredia is in the town center in front of a large church. It goes for two or three blocks. Of course we recognized many things, but now we had to start learning the names of our favorite foods en Espanol. I remember from our last (brief) trip to Costa Rica how amazing the fruitas (fruits) are here: piña (pinapple), papaya, banana, sandía (watermelon) and the very special guanábana.
As a special treat we tried el jugo de la caña de azúcar (cane sugar juice). The color is slightly green-ish and the taste is a mild sweet and very delicious. (Can you say mojito?) We also had el agua de coco (coconut water) and bought a homemade tortilla made from masa (corn flour mixed with water into a loose dough) and queso (cheese). It reminded us of pupusas, which we can buy at our farmer’s market in San Francisco.
After el desayuno (breakfast), Mario took us on a driving tour of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The city was bustling on Saturday, but in fact was calmer than during the week when people are at work. We will be back to San Jose so I’ll share some pictures of the city soon.
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