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A View of the Pasantías (Stays) with my Colegas Ticos, by Elaine S. Potoker, Ph.D.

Weather, etc.

When I told people I was going to Costa Rica, the response was usually a perception of sandy beaches. However, I am in the city, so there are no sandy beaches here. San José is about 1160 meters above sea level. Therefore, weather is pretty temperate–about 75 degrees most days and some humidity. It is winter (yes…winter) here. Winter here is rain and lots of it. When I walk to the bus on my way to the University, it is usually sunny. Everyone totes an umbrella, which is a clue of the afternoon rains. By 1:30pm. it is pouring. And… as many cities in this part of the world, streets are congested. The pedestrian does not necessarily have the right of way (or at all!). So one has to watch over one’s shoulder when crossing the street. (I’ve had some pretty close calls, and an occasional taxi driver scream at me to walk on the sidewalk vs. the street. No gestures, however. …)