As I was boarding my late night flight down to Costa Rica, I found that they had given my seat away. I patiently and tiredly waited and then talked to a lovely stewardess who placed me in another seat with copious amounts of leg room - excellent.
Though I was now wide awake, I was planning to soon use this extra leg room to crash and take a good sleep. However, I overhead a very tall couple contemplating an issue of extra leg room they had paid for; their seats had also been given away... and so sadly, on their honeymoon none the less, they were being broken up into different seats. I thought "hey I am short, I don't need the extra leg room and my seat is a bit closer to one of their seats," so I gave my new seat up to one of them. Interestingly when I had done this a couple of other empathic people on flight also decided to help rearrange seating so that this couple could have seats with extra leg room together. I now found myself sitting next to a really cute guy; score!
I woke up to find that this hostel was very beautiful and with a lovely courtyard filled with the greenery of many lush plants. Later that morning, after some writing and sketching and downing coffee in this oasis, I found myself walking with my new found friend from the flight, Erik, thorough the surprisingly easy to navigate and safe streets of San Jose. We came upon a local panederia (bakery) and gorged on fresh local milk and coffee, empanadas, and pastries... As we continued our trek though the hilly city we saw beautiful colonial architecture, thousands of Christmas shoppers, and policemen standing in strange lookout towers scattered through the streets and watching over the crowds. And then left right and center we began to see a variety of mascot groups containing various Mickeys, Minnies, and Barneys (Yes, that big purple dinosaur), all chilling together and taking pictures with excited children. A strange combination indeed!
We kept exploring and soon came to a National Children's Museum where we morbidly wondered if taxidermy children were posed in various set up children's venues like playgrounds and classrooms. Sadly the entrance fee was quite steep and we decided to instead splurge on a tasty lunch in the local Cafe Rojo - what a great place - a green Pippi Longstocking type house with a verandah and a massive Cactus reaching up to the sky out front.