The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

Get a Garmin, Get Around. No Garmin, No Go!

Today our GPS took us to a little town called Sarchi. It is known as an “artsy” type of place. I don’t know if I would call it artsy, but they sure do sell a lot of furniture. All the furniture is Cost Rican wood, and all the furniture is handmade, which I would call an art.  It was beautiful hardwood and very affordable, about 1/3 of what it would cost back home. It seemed that every little house had some furniture for sale. The town is set in what I would call the definition of rolling hills. It was clean, quaint, friendly, beautiful and we really liked it. We had lunch there at a local little cafe, run by small family of four.

typical traffic in Alajuela

typical mid-day traffic Alajuela

rolling hills of Sarchi

one of the multitude of furniture stores in the Sarchi

Again, the Church was absolutely gorgeous and in the center of the town. It also had a giant brightly decorated ox cart in the town square. The area is famous for its ox carts, and it shows. It as an area we would love to visit again, even if it is just so I can drive like a maniac through 90 & 180 degree turns, the one lane bridges and countless hills. Great times, especially in a five speed!

Normal size ox cart

Giant ox cart. The ox, big enough to feed my family for the week.

Sarchi church

Inside Sarchi church. Note the wood work on the ceiling.

Then somehow, our GPS led us to another mall, one right across from our hotel, and another one. I wonder who is running the show here. But that was our goal, to explore and to learn what we like in this area. We like, Grecia and we like Sarchi, we do not like Alajuela, San Jose, parts of Escazu and Sana Ana. We do not like the traffic, which continues to be insane. It has made me a much more aggressive driver, which I am not sure is a good thing. Tomorrow morning we head off to Playa Flamingo, an are we know we like because we went there last year. I know one thing for sure, even though our GPS keeps taking us to malls, I would never, ever attempt to drive in this area without. Shoot, even with the darn thing I have to do about 13 U-turns a day.

stubborn residue left over from one of our lessons learned.

Things we learned today:

There’s a reason the big beautiful tree right in front of the mall always has open parking. The reason, the birds use that tree as an outhouse with your car as the bottom of hole.

Thank God for GPS, and I mean it, but she absolutely cannot pronounce Spanish words.

2 responses

  1. Ty

    Lol! I know exactlyhow you feel. I really don’t know how I would keep my sanity if it weren’t for turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Even on an island as small as Oahu it’s been priceless.

    January 21, 2010 at 12:31 am

    • I bet you do brother. Looks like you guys are having a great time, soak it up!!

      January 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

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