Posts Tagged ‘San Jose’

Images from a Commute

December 16, 2009

I’d like to start sharing with you some of the things I see every day when I drive from the mountains into San Jose.

The architectural abortion in the background here is the Ministry of Environment, Energy and, inexplicably, Telecomunications. The inside of this building reflect the care and attention to detail given to the outside: cramped, poorly lit and ventilated, filled with bureaucrats.

MINAET, San Jose, Costa Rica

A few kilometers later, the sun was going down as I hit some thick traffic.

Drive time.

That’s all I have for today.

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More Murder in the Barrio

October 30, 2009

A stray bullet during a shootout between rival gangs killed a university student last evening, a few blocks from my office. This is the third murder this year that has taken place within a short walk of my office that I know of. Contrary to what many might think, this neighborhood is not a slum. In fact, it’s one of San Jose’s better neighborhoods, featuring a collection of small offices, decent restaurants and nightlife. But crime is out of control, and the authorities are unable and unwilling to do anything about it. It is indeed an unfortunate commentary on this society when you can’t walk along a crowded thoroughfare at 5:30 pm in a good part of town without an imminent risk of danger.