Monday, December 5, 2011

A bit of culture and goodbyes!

Well most of our volunteers have now left Quepos and gone home for Christmas! Luckily we still have the lovely Astrid holding down the fort at El Cocal…

As a send off for Lore, Lydia, Felicia and Sean we all decided to go see Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet (El Cascanueces) at the National Theatre in San Jose!

We had a very civilized and cultured evening; the highlight of the ballet was definitely the battle between the rat king and the toy soldiers. The dance of the sugar plum fairies was another classic moment. We kept wondering how the kids would have reacted to the dancers, costumes and music…we though some of them might explode from imagination overload!

As far as architecture goes the National Theatre is probably the most beautiful Neoclassical building in San Jose. It was built between 1890-1897 and was inaugurated in 1897 with a performance of the opera Faust. The interior is decorated in an Italian Renaissance style making it feel very grand indeed.

San Jose was already geared up for Christmas with music festivals and markets all over the streets.

We are now back home in sleepy Quepos happy to be back with the kids in El Cocal….

Christina and Patrick

GVICommunity Program Staff