Saturday, July 15, 2006

Santa Elena

This is Santa Elena, the 'town', maybe 3 paved crossing streets on a hill where life all happens. Santa Elena is mostly Tico, there are a few hotels on the fringes and tourist shops, but here are the banks, the bus station, the church, the vets and the supermarcado. The roads are filled with dogs, buses, trucks, people, taxis and horses who all battle for position and supremacy. Sideroads drop down into ravines which lead back up into residential areas. Men and boys perch on the sidewalk talking and watching, tourists struggle with backpacks and vertigo and teenagers slouch by on their cell phones.