NOTE: I took a TON of photos over the past two days but am having trouble uploading tonight, so it could be a bit before I get them up. These will have to do for now. 🙂

The past two days have been jam-packed. Zach was scheduled to arrive today. Little did I know when I bought his ticket way back in December that he would be arriving on the day that the city of San Jose shuts down. In preparation for that, I caught a bus to San Jose yesterday. That turned out to be an adventure in itself as there was a horrible head-on collision on the road that backed up traffic for miles and miles in both directions. Didn’t know what was going on and then a fire truck flew by followed by two ambulances.

But it must have been about 45 minutes of not moving, for the most part. About ten of us actually exited the bus and would walk alongside of it in its shade as it inched forward from time to time. A number of people actually walked ahead, well out of sight, to see what was going on. People just standing outside their cars everywhere. When we finally got moving, we had to stop twice to pick up passengers that had wandered probably a mile ahead. The scenic trip continued.

On the way to San Jose, Costa Rica.

On the way to San Jose, Costa Rica.

On the way to San Jose, Costa Rica.

On the way to San Jose, Costa Rica.

I arrived in San Jose, took a small number of photos, and then did something completely new and… couchsurfed! For those unfamiliar, couchsurfing is a highly economical way to travel around and meet all sorts of people while getting to explore different areas. One of my best friends turned me on to couchsurfing.org years ago but I never made use of it. Coming to Costa Rica, it made sense to look into it more. What a fun way to explore, right?! So yesterday, I couchsurfed for the first time. And it was such a great experience! In my case, I stayed with a fellow who is from Costa Rica and who I actually had a slight familiarity with as we both follow one of the same blogs, the adventures of another expat at delapuravida.com. Also, my host and I both have a technical background in computers (though along different veins) and are not TOO far off in age. It was a great way to start my couchsurfing experiences, I thought.

Before heading out to couchsurf for the night.  San Jose, Costa Rica.

Before heading out to couchsurf for the night. San Jose, Costa Rica.

So I connected with my host, Carlos, made my plans to arrive at his place yesterday with the intent to leave early this morning to explore a little before picking up Zach at the airport.

Great, great guy. Great fun to hang out with, great accommodations, and just a super host. Went to dinner and spent the evening talking about a wide variety of topics and just learning all kinds of great things. This morning, after a small breakfast and getting ready for the day, Carlos was kind enough to take me into the city and drop me off at an ideal location. Just an awesome time from start to finish.

And San Jose was deserted!! I knew it would be since I had heard so much about what goes on during Semana Santa. And then after seeing it pretty barren yesterday when I arrived, I was actually really eager to get out and photograph it while nobody was there. I mean, how often to you get to photograph a metropolis devoid of human life?! Almost every shop in the city was closed and barely a soul could be found. So I walked around a bit, took some photos, and then people began to appear.

Train station #396, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Train station #396, San Jose, Costa Rica.

National Park #408, San Jose, Costa Rica.

National Park #408, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #416, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #416, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #417, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #417, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #418, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #418, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Wall #423, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Wall #423, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #439, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #439, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #453, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #453, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Flowers #468, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Flowers #468, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #499, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Desolate #499, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Then I came upon a massive event near Parque Central revolving around Jesus’ crucifixion. A pretty big production, really. There was a large procession representing Jesus’ walk through town carrying the cross (replete with Roman soldiers, priests, citizenry, Roman elite, and the other two sinners being crucified. At the same time, ANOTHER procession was taking place: a representation of Mother Mary with mourners following, singing woefully. The two processions met close to the Parque, then a priest spoke for a bit, and then they continued the procession to the park. Masses of people watching, following along, some singing along. Two marching bands accompanied both processions outside of the drummers in the Roman army.

Semana Santa #535, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Semana Santa #535, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sadly, I had to leave before it was all over to go pick up Zach. But not sadly at all because I was going to pick up Zach!!!!

I have waited and waited and waited for this day. Not just since I moved down here. Not just since I bought his ticket back in December of last year. But for years, I have waited for this day.

Got to the airport well before his plane landed and well before he would ever make it through customs. Explored the airport a little bit to have a better sense of it. Plopped down and waited. And I’m not going to lie: for a brief moment, while sitting alone having a cigarette, I bawled. Thinking about how this had been a collective dream. And specifically, that Alec was not on that plane with Zach. Finished my cigarette, pulled myself together, and then stood at the end of the walkway where I could see Zach come out of the airport. And then he showed up.

And… complete and utter joy. Just absolute happiness to see him there, walking toward me! We ended up taking a taxi back into San Jose since the buses WERE actually running and I had purchased tickets for us just after leaving the Semana Santa parade/festival/event. We had a couple of hours to kill in San Jose before the bus left so we just kind of walked around, talked, grabbed a bite to eat. Watched a horrible juggler, awesome dancers, and a couple of cheerleaders practicing in a park.

At Parque Morazan, San Jose, Costa Rica.

At Parque Morazan, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Caught the five o’clock bus, got off in Herradura, went to the supermercado for a few items, and then walked home. Sat around for a bit, had a couple of cold beverages, and then he passed out.

On the bus to Herradura, Costa Rica.

On the bus to Herradura, Costa Rica.

This is the moment I have waited for. And tomorrow? Tomorrow we surf.

Pura vida.

NOTE: I took a TON of photos over the past two days but am having trouble uploading tonight, so it could be a bit before I get them up. These will have to do for now. 🙂

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