Yesterday (Sunday) I took the bus from my hometown of Heredia to downtown San José to attend an outdoor art festival. The Municipality of San José in an effort to attract more visitors has been promoting festivals and other activities . Most of these events have been designed for the whole family and people of all ages including retirees. I keep reading all of the on-line posts by the fear mongers and negative people who say that San José is very dangerous and not to go there. Nothing could be farther from the truth and this weekend’s activities are proof of it.
San Jose’s annual outdoor Transiarte festival is really worthwhile. The events took place in different downtown areas: Morazán Park, The Jardín de Paz (Peace Garden), the adjacent Parque España (Spain Park), El Paseo de las Damas, the CENAC art complex and nearby National Park.
There were all sorts of activities for everyone including foreign retirees: music, dance, theater, a variety of craftsmen selling their beautiful wares, contests, face painting, classes in skateboarding, a variety of foods, games for children, a book fair and a whole lot more. In the evening there was a firework display. All of this was FREE of charge. The weather was perfect and I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.
While strolling around I ran into a lot of friends who were also enjoying this wonderful activity. It was so nice to see people of all ages with smiles on their faces and having such a good time. The whole scene really made me feel good. I definitely plan to attend next year’s event.
Healthy activities like Transiarte abound for retirees and other foreigners in Costa Rica and are examples of the quality of life found here Rica.