*San Jose, Costa Rica December 02, 2004:
The first day of my journey! I had only a few hours in Costa Rica, so I gave a taxi driver $20 and he drove me around the capital, taking in the sights exclusively through the window of a cab.
San Jose is a relatively clean metropolis. Roads, signs, and businesses off the main throroughfairs are in great shape, dogs are on leashes, and the locals are well dressed. Boys sell sunglasses, nuts, and small trinkets car window to car window at the stop lights.