Monday, August 8, 2011
Cat mural in San Jose
Richard and I wanted to go to a specific store today, AutoMercado, because they carry a brand of coffee that we liked in Quepos - the Cafe Milagro brand. It took a while to find the store, but we went through a tunnel that had this crazy mural on both sides. I think they're cats - one cat chasing a bird or something? Then on the other side, three cats. Anyway, I liked the mosaic, so I stopped in the middle of the tunnel to take photos. Which is why I like walking, not driving.
Anyway, we found the coffee, although the Cafe Milagro coffee was all ground, not whole bean. So we bought another brand.
Then I went through probably the craziest route to get to the bathroom in the store - I asked where it was, the man behind the counter said go out here, up two floors, there. (In Spanish, of course.) I went up two floors, which got me to the parking garage. So I got in the elevator, which then took me up to the 6th floor. I went back down. Turned out I was supposed to go to floor #2, then ask the parking attendant for the key to the restroom. Quite a trip for a quick bathroom visit!!!
We wandered around San Jose, in and out of shops, looking at things, looking at people. Didn't buy much, although I took another quick walk through the artisans market.
We chatted with the owner of our B&B, Antonella, and her husband Vincenzo - they're Italian, she's from Bologna, he's from Rome. They have this lovely B&B with Italian touches - like our tube shower. This is the coolest shower - it shoots water out from the sides, from the bottom of the shower, from overhead, or from the hand-held showerhead - four options! I think I'd like it best if it could do all four things at once, instead of one at a time, but it really is pretty amazing to get all of the options! (Although I really can't figure out why you need to fill the bottom of a showerstall, from the bottom. To wash shoes? Soak your feet? I don't know - all I can envision is filling the phone-booth shower full of water!
That's about it - nothing exciting, just a day of walking around the city, enjoying the urban feel, and the urban art.
And hanging out with the cat, Berta, at the B&B, as well as the dog, Shila.
So - what's your opinion - are these cats shocked by the cat across the tunnel? Or freaking out by the cars whizzing by them all day long?