Hi everyone, have a really great happy new year with great travels!
(enjoyed meeting you, vantcj1
Great, Els! It was also a great experience to meet you and to tour you around some areas of San José. I hope having helped you get a feeling of what the country has to offer, WHS-related or not.
As you all may know, I'm very far from being a prolific international traveler and my WHS interest has mostly been intelectually-driven. Lack of money, lack of time (in 2021 I started a master degree on urban design and planning, to add to that feature), lack of significant vacation time in the last 5 years has always deterred me from going abroad, so I always focused on traveling around the country (mostly through hikes, camping, etc.) and in that I've been quite succesful before COVID hit. Still, I have recently reached 336/489 districts fully visited, with their capital. By the way, I got in September my 2nd COVID vaccine shot and the 3rd is initially stated for March.
This lack of abroad traveling has recently started changing, as we had been discussing for some time a trip to Mexico (my partner has double nationality, CR and Mex), which finally came to fruition between December 20th (my birthday) and January 7th. The trip was not per se seen as a WHS-catching trip and due to my work and late semester at the Masters, I came very late to the equation as an organizer (when I was already in Mexico), but I still got to tick off 7 WHS and 2 TLWHS. which is of course a personal record to me. A great miss was not being able to get a spot at Casa Barragán (will try to get there at some other point, with greater previous involvement) and I could not financially accomplish to visit Morelos (so no Xochicalco or the 11 mission churches there), but the trip was really great on experiences, I took thousands of photos and had very rewarding visits to both WHS and non-WHS-places, in the city or nearby. Still, there are many places within Mexico city which I will reserve for next visits, as it is clearly a World-class destination.
So, having started this year doubling my count of WHS is really a great start. Personally I don't have plans now for the rest of the year, but something may came up at the end of the year, as for now I have still many pending places in Costa Rica to visit and I want to really restart hiking regularly.