SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: HASTA LUEGO & PURA VIDA, TICOS !

The intensity of leaving is equal to the intensity of arriving. After 3 months of living in Costa Rica, I am moving on. My last day anywhere always has me feeling hollow, not fully earthbound. Some final images from my last day:

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unfortunately, i won’t see this piece completed. this is part 3 of progress shots.
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an image that will remain: the jewelry handcrafts lined up on the main calle every day.

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out of so many prolific graff writers, D U N K was the most prolific for me. i’ll always think of him when i think of san jose graffiti.

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jesus
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san jose is peppered with beautiful old colonial-style buildings 
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teatro nacional

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a D U N K sticker on the sidewalk
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jesus again
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a panaderia on avenida 2

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statue facing the post office – he was the president of costa rica from 1849-1859

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D U N K 

feb-apr2019. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: TOP 8 FOODS (& DRINK)

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Chifrijo: bowl of rice and beans topped with fried pork meat and avocado, pico de gallo, chimichurri, and lime. Mine was served with plantain chips. Tortilla chips are also an option.
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Gallo Pinto: traditionally served with breakfast, it is a slowly blended dish of rice, beans, onions, red peppers, and cilantro.
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Pork Casado
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Arepa con pollo, queso, y huevos.
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Pancakes, eggs, and papaya with coffee.
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Arroz con mixto y puré
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Ice Cold Imperial at Rayuela’s on Avenida 2
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popular chocolate brand

 

feb-apr2019 San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA GRAFFITI: EMME, Pt. 2

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THERE ARE SO MANY PROLIFIC GRAFFITI WRITERS IN SAN JOSE; THEIR PIECES ARE EVERYWHERE! HERE ARE 9 MORE PIECES FROM EMME.

feb-apr2019. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: NEIGHBORING SOLITUDES

All companionship can consist only in the strengthening of two neighboring solitudes, whereas everything that one is wont to call giving oneself is by nature harmful to companionship: for when a person abandons himself, he is no longer anything, and when two people both give themselves up in order to come close to each other, there is no longer any ground beneath them and their being together is a continual falling… Once there is disunity between them, the confusion grows with every day; neither of the two has anything unbroken, pure, and unspoiled about him any longer… They who wanted to do each other good are now handling one another in an imperious and intolerant manner, and in the struggle somehow to get out of their untenable and unbearable state of confusion, they commit the greatest fault that can happen to human relationships: they become impatient. They hurry to a conclusion; to come, as they believe, to a final decision, they try once and for all to establish their relationship, whose surprising changes have frightened them, in order to remain the same now and forever (as they say). ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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this may be the most beautiful building in the city. it’s a school. 

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a soda 
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this church is perpetually embraced by the clouds. 

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2may19. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA GRAFFITI: DUNK Pt. 2

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THERE ARE SO MANY PROLIFIC GRAFFITI WRITERS IN SAN JOSE; THEIR PIECES ARE EVERYWHERE! HERE ARE 11 MORE PIECES FROM DUNK.

feb-apr2019. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA GRAFFITI: GUER

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THERE ARE SO MANY PROLIFIC GRAFFITI WRITERS IN SAN JOSE; THEIR PIECES ARE EVERYWHERE! HERE ARE 7 PIECES FROM GUER.

feb-apr2019. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: TO SHARE CONTENTED TIME

What comforts us is that, after we make ourselves crazy enough, we can let go inch by inch into just being here; every so often, briefly. -Anne Lamott

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impromptu bookseller. plaza de la cultura. 
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i don’t want to forget what i look like. 

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i think he’s selling lottery tickets. many of these vendors are lined up on the main calle.

Almost everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, scared, and yet designed for joy. Even (or especially) people who seem to have it more or less together are more like the rest of us than you would believe. I try not to compare my insides to their outsides, because this makes me much worse than I already am, and if I get to know them, they turn out to have plenty of irritability and shadow of their own. Besides, those few people who aren’t a mess are probably good for about twenty minutes of dinner conversation.

This is good news, that almost everyone is petty, narcissistic, secretly insecure, and in it for themselves, because a few of the funny ones may actually long to be friends with you and me. They can be real with us, the greatest relief.

As we develop love, appreciation, and forgiveness for others over time, we may accidentally develop those things toward ourselves, too. -Lamott

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handmade jewelry on the main calle. reasonable prices, too. 

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This is how most of us are — stripped down to the bone, living along a thin sliver of what we can bear and control, until life or a friend or disaster nudges us into baby steps of expansion. We’re all both irritating and a comfort, our insides both hard and gentle, our hearts both atrophied and pure.

How did we all get so screwed up? Putting aside our damaged parents, poverty, abuse, addiction, disease, and other unpleasantries, life just damages people. There is no way around this. Not all the glitter and concealer in the world can cover it up. We may have been raised in the illusion that if we played our cards right, life would work out. But it didn’t, it doesn’t. – Lamott

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newspaper seller

The lesson here is that there is no fix. There is, however, forgiveness. To forgive yourselves and others constantly is necessary. Not only is everyone screwed up, but everyone screws up.

How can we know all this, yet somehow experience joy? Because that’s how we’re designed — for awareness and curiosity. We are hardwired with curiosity inside us, because life knew that this would keep us going even in bad sailing… Life feeds anyone who is open to taste its food, wonder, and glee — its immediacy. – Lamott

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main calle. there’s always a jimenez deredia sculpture around.
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cyclist on avenida 2

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We see this toward the end of many people’s lives, when everything in their wasted bodies fights to stay alive, for a few more kisses or bites of ice cream, one more hour with you. Life is still flowing through them: life is them.

That’s magic, or the human spirit, or hope — whatever you want to call it — to captivate, to share contented time. – Lamott

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inspired by a post from:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/12/05/anne-lamott-almost-everything-joy/

San Jose, Costa Rica. 1may2019