|I think that what the people need is a good adventure|
Mauricio and I wandered up after work and had a look around. It was freaking awesome! There were two or three performances each block, some obviously organised and some spontaneous. Some of the art or music was there for the whole day, other things would come together before your eyes and then disperse once performed, giving the feeling that you were witnessing something special and fleeting.
This statue was given a beautiful dress.
A microphone was set up so the citizens could give public thanks for anything they were grateful for. I thanked Costa Rica for welcoming me and got some applause despite speaking in English and turning about the same colour as my dress!
These guys were just sitting and jamming in the middle of a pedestrian mall. They have some bouncy stilts lying to the right though I didn't see them get used!
This ballerina took to the streets en pointe using an advertisement as a partner when required!
For all the cat and art lovers there was treasure a plenty! Artists were painting throughout the day and hanging their work to dry when done.
I got to watch some traditional Tico dancing! According to Mau it would have been more authentic if the guys had white shirts, different hats and the skirts were brighter. I was still pretty impressed.
|This is my favourite photo!|
Another facet of citizens seizing the city for themselves was the expression of any political criticisms they had. This sign roughly translates to "RIP historic buildings". I'm not sure of the politics that brought it on but there were chalk outlines, danger tape and 'tombstones' adorning the pavement throughout the city.
Some citizens had decided to stake claim in their city by setting up a slackline and engaging in some very impressive gymnastics.
|This guy was also bouncing on the slackline with his shins (knees bent) and then popping back up again to standing!|
We found ourselves in the middle of a Costa Rican fable by a famous local author, Carmen Lyra. It begins with a cockroach who finds a coin in her house and wonders what to do with the money.
Where is Morazan?
The drum circle:
Hoolahooping of course!
An obstacle course for those brave of heart
A bright sail to shade passersby from the sun
Everyone got involved once the salsa music started playing!
There were colourful ropes about the place in case the urge (or nostalgia) overtook you to do some skipping.
Look Ma, no hands! Some young guys showed their prowess and daring on BMX bikes.
A troupe of belly dancers could be found under the trees
As the day was all about the people, some took advantage to complain about 'Student's wWay' being renamed Chinatown (even though it features nothing Chinese). The sign says "This is Student's Way, don't be fooled"
On the way home we were treated to a reggae performance where members of the crowd got involved. Bob Marley was featured along with more local fare, largely songs from Limon province.
You can check out other photos of the day on their facebook page.
Anyway, Adios for now! I'm off to Montezuma!
(I actually wrote this yesterday but the internet was crappy so I couldn't publish it. I'm in Montezuma now editing from a hammock watching monkeys - updates soon!)