Today, we decided to visit Sarchi, a town known for its furniture, ox carts and souvenirs. It was not too far from San Ramon and we did not have to drive on any dirt roads. We still had to avoid people walking on the road, dogs loose without a lead, potholes and parked cars in all the wrong places.
The town of Sarchi was not very large so it was not too difficult to find the right place despite there being no street signs. There does not appear to be a street sign or road number anywhere in the whole of Costa Rica.
We were greeted by a wonderfully painted ox cart similar to the ones used in the early 1900s to carry sugar cane.
Unfortunately for us, we visited on a Sunday and there were no workers present. However, this man spotted us looking at the equipment, came across to us and gave us a tour, explanation of the equipment and a demonstration of the water wheel and the belt driven lathe. He spoke excellent English which made the tour even more interesting.
After a visit to the "factory" it was time to visit the souvenir shop which was richly decorated on the outside.
A close up of the oval in the centre was really beautiful.
This is a short blog as we are preparing to go to Arenal Volcano tomorrow so I have to prepare for the trip. The volcano is still active having steam vents coming out of the side. I have seen several volcanoes - Teide in the Canary Islands, Vesuvius in Italy, Etna in Sicily, Mt St Helens in the States so I am looking forward to seeing Arenal. I have heard that Arenal is symmetrically shaped and that it is difficult to see the cone most days because of clouds. Here's hoping we get a clear day.