Finding Costa Rican Traditions in the Middle of Escazu

April 27, 2012 - On Sunday, I left my home in Escazu and took a taxi to La Fiesta de Boyeros in San Agustin, Escazu.

The streets were closed off, traditional food was sold, artensianas were sold and beautifully, individually painted carts were pulled by huge oxen. Each was different and the oxen were not thrilled to be walking on city streets.

Each cart was different with family members riding in the backs. The boyeros knew their animals and controlled them as they moved, single file down the streets. Gifts were given to the boyeros and judging took place.

People who lived on the road saw the boyeros file in front of their homes. It was like being in the middle of a country fair. After eating, deciding what to buy and taking photos of the boyeros, I walked back to my place.

Where else is it possible to live in a capitol city and walk to a traditional fiesta? Escazu is quickly becoming a sophisticated area, but still has a close connection to the real traditions.

Five years ago, I moved to San Jose with the promise of a job.

I needed a place to live, quickly. I called three real estate companies I found on the internet, and only one called me back (well, one other did, three days later). I spoke with Rosario who set up an appointment with me with Jacinto for the next day.

I gave him the details of my job and explained that I would need to take a bus to work. The first apartment we saw, was perfect. I later became close friends with Rosario and Jacinto, and after a year, left Costa Rica.

Last week, I arrived, again. I also came with a very tight budget and needed to find an apt. In four days, Rosario found me a perfect match for $450 a month with everything including cable, internet and utitilies, in the heart of Escazu. This was an amazing find.

I know that the people at Tico Realty listen carefully to the wishes of their clients. They did a fantastic job, for me, and when faced with a difficult challenge, take it as something to conquer.

Christine Benes


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