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Jorge & Jessica

Jorge y Jessica celebrando su boda. Dicen que la lluvia en el día de la boda es buena suerte. Si lo es les sobrará la suerte. Por dicha todo fue celebrado en un solo lugar por lo que mi reto fue tratar de crear una variedad de imágenes usando diferentes tipos de luz, desde 3 flashes simultáneos hasta ninguno.

Jorge and Jessica celebrating their wedding. They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. If it is, they will have plenty. Fortunately the ceremony and reception were held in the same place so my challenge was to create a variety of images using different lighting, from as many as 3 simultaneous flashes to none.

Si desean contactarme para conversar sobre su boda lo pueden hacer aquí. If you’d like to talk about your upcoming wedding you can reach me here.

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Top 5 Local Hangout Spots in Heredia Costa Rica

This article of mine originally appeared in The Costa Rica Star, please stop by and have a look around. Thanks, Solson

 

To most valley dwellers Heredia means, traffic, universities, call centers and Intel. To the foreign visitor it’s all just San José. Most outsiders haven’t a clue about the places we prefer and most of them are not famous outside our little city, unlike places in San José like Soda Tapia and Avenida Central. We’ve got our favorite spots to meet and eat, and I’ll share some with you.

Fair warning, the following are presented with absolutely no scientific study and are in no way definitive, feel free to add to the list.

5) Bol Cariari. Probably the latest arrival to the trendy list in Heredia. Tucked awkwardly near the Real Cariari Mall you may have seen the sign from the highway, but you still may have a little trouble finding one of the few bowling alleys in the country. Locals have found it just fine. By American standards it’s a bit cramped and noisy, but it’s brand new, good fun and usually hopping. You’ll probably have to wait a while for a lane (charged by the hour not by the game) and be sure to dress appropriately. Its proximity to business centers, and the ritzy Cariari area means that most folks are on the upper side of the income scale and are either blowing off steam after work or pre-gaming for a night out so you won’t find many grungy tee’s or blue collars.

Food here is a predictable assortment of fried things, nachos, pizza and beer. Also, if you’ve ever attended a bowling alley in the States don’t expect anyone to follow any sort of basic lane etiquette, so just breathe deep and have fun.

4) Café Scarlett. A block east of the courthouse, this unassuming cafe is the requisite meeting place for local politicians and lawyers. A number of expansions over the years means that diners are often seated in a labyrinth of rooms where one would expect to find the kitchen. The odd layout brings new meaning to the term “backroom deal.” Don’t be surprised if you end up rubbing elbows with folks like the mayor, city council members or other folks you’ve seen on TV, but don’t be intimidated, plenty of locals stop by as well.

Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee, Café Scarlett serves up a nice alternative to the greasy spoon “sodas” widely available in downtown Heredia, often featuring lovely green salads and lasagna. Be sure to be in early enough to grab lunch while they’ve still got some.

3) La Parrillita de Pepe. Open late (5am on weekends) and serving up goodness for what ails you La Parillita de Pepe has seen near instant success despite a somewhat awkward location on the fringe of downtown. Featuring a mix of local “soda” style short order as well as Colombian specialties means they have an extensive menu that is especially well suited to the tastes of local college students. While students aren’t their only customers, the proximity to university watering holes means they’ve taken full advantage of the buzz-busting power of their menu. They’ve recently expanded their dining area as well as their hours (opening at 11:30am) while retaining their speedy delivery service. I expect that they get quite a lot of late night business from our next place on the list.

2. El Bule. Technically it has the awkward name of Bulevar Relax Bar Restaurant & Grill, but ask for it by that name and you’ll get nowhere. This is THE bar in Heredia. Locals go and bring their out of town guests with them. Weekend nights mean loud music overflow onto the sidewalk, and little access to parking on the streets. Heaven help you on game day. Like La Parrillita de Pepe the clientele is largely student driven but it’s iconic status means that young and the young at heart still drop in to revel. I can’t say anyone I’ve met has ever commented on the food, but we’ll take that as a good sign. They open for lunch but the party gets started late.

1. El Parque Central. The historic central park still serves its role as meeting place for the community. It’s where championships are celebrated and heartbreaking losses are mourned. High school students flirt and kill time while older gentlemen complain about the government and the the management of Club Sport Herediano. All the bustle is flanked by the historic “Fortin,” the historic post office, the renovated Escuela República de Argentina, and a couple of iconic eateries: Pops and Soda Testy.

While Pops has grown into a well recognized national ice-cream franchise, the central park location has been there for close to 40 years marking it as an Heredia institution. It’s always bustling with folks of all ages with a sweet tooth, but an endless stream high school students keep this place in the black. Soda Testy is equally iconic, serving up classic Tico short order food and is well known for its air-raid type siren that sounds with unwavering devotion to the victories of the local soccer team.

Well let the debate begin, this is my list, make your own. Let some other towns chime in with their best local guides, I’d love to know where the local hot-spots are for when I’m wandering about.


Getaway to the mountains of Heredia

This article of mine originally appeared in The Costa Rica Star, please stop by and have a look around. Thanks, Solson

I always carry a compact camera. If you live in or have visited Costa Rica you know why. Funny, beautiful and shocking things may be just around the corner. My little camera spends time waiting for sunsets and rainbows (and the frequent misspelled or poorly translated sign, internet gold!). It lives in a messenger bag that I take everywhere. It only leaves that bag when I use it to carry my bigger camera via a very cool and very cheap removable padded insert (check it out you’ll thank me). I never miss an opportunity to take a picture. My cell phone has a camera but is not a camera; I refuse to acknowledge it as such.

Recently my girlfriend and I decided to take a drive up the mountain north of Heredia where we live. We had no plan, just a setting sun and a gorgeous February afternoon. As I downshifted to try to get up a hill a sudden squeal made me pull over. At first I thought something else had failed on my car (when you own a 1990 BMW 325i this happens occasionally). Thankfully not. It was my girlfriend rendered speechless by a tremendous rainbow formed by the setting sun and the mountain mist, mixed with a rustic farmhouse in the foreground it was the stuff of postcards. I thought of my compact camera, safely in its messenger bag, which was safely tucked away in my closet back home. Cursing ensued—in two languages.

I tried to take a picture with her phone. More cursing. I wished for my trusty compact, for my film camera (more on that in a future article), for my DSLR with its super-wide lens. Anything but a phone. I gave up.

We drove uphill a bit more, chasing the end of the rainbow until the dodgy fuel pump got a bit too warm and starting misbehaving. I took one more shot with the phone. Reasonable success.

As we coasted down the mountain the setting sun taunted me, more squeals from the passenger seat reinforced my oversight, and the guy with a Nikon on a tripod and a huge orange-ball-sun setting over the hills nearly made me cry. If it is possible to sulk while driving, I did.

Though I managed to forget my camera I did discover (remember?) that the mountains of Heredia have tons of great places to slip away for an afternoon, a weekend or to fill in a blank spot in a travel itinerary. It takes less than an hour (in non rush-hour time) to get there from the Central Valley, and it can be a refreshing change. There are lots of lodging options that are great for cozying up for a night or two. And you’ll want to cozy up since it’s colder than you think up there, especially if you are a weather-sissified ex-pat coddled by the the perfect temperatures in the valley.

There are several routes up the mountain but the preferred ones will take you through San José de la Montaña or through San Rafael de Heredia. The San Rafael side sends you up toward the famed Monte de la Cruz (a wooded municipal park with a giant cross) and the nearly as famous and rather ritzy La Condesa hotel, as well as Hotel Chalet El Tirol. The drive up is in good shape (up to about the park anyway) and dotted with local restaurants of varying price points as well as fancy estates. Tops for uppity eats on this side of the hill is Baalbek (great view too).

The San José de la Montaña route is well, different. Once you get above said town, things get interesting. The road quickly dwindles to about 1 ½ lanes wide which makes for hair-raising encounters with on-coming traffic where uphill traffic has unofficial right of way because of the steepness of the hills. This side of the mountain features more farms and frankly more photo opportunities. This area also has a bit more for the folks on a budget or for the adventurous.

The Barva Volcano doesn’t get nearly the number of visitors than does it’s steamy neighbor Poás, but it’s no reason to overlook it if you are equipped with a 4×4 vehicle and a strong set of legs. It’s rugged in there and always damp, but it’s more natural feeling than Poás, plus you might have it all to yourself on a weekday. This is one of my all time favorite shots, taken during the week in the Barva Volcano:

If you are sans the vehicle or the fitness, check out Canopy Adventure for some killer zip-lining and a bit of knowledge. Once you’re all adventured out it’ll be time to eat and sleep. There are lots of hotels to choose from, but I hear good things about El Pórtico (and it was packed for Valentine’s Day so there’s a clue). You’ll have your pick of restaurants, mostly local tourist places that’ll be good for local fare and a brew. Most weekends you will be able to find lodging without a reservation, but if you have a specific place in mind call ahead.

The hills are calling valley-dwellers, answer the call, but please please don’t forget your camera.