As promised in the previous post, more about Liberia. This was originally published  April 22 2009 on a different site and occurred during our first trip to Costa Rica

Drove to Liberia, pronounced Lee-bear-ee-a, parked by the Central Plaza which occupies 2 square blocks and includes a somewhat modern church with a cool dark interior.

Liberia was founded in 1769, has narrow streets, carved wooden doors and shutters with sagging red tile roofs.  Generally not too exciting, but where the real people live and sell lottery tickets and mangoes on the sidewalks.

We came across the Comandancia la Plaza which occupies a whole city block, it was weathered and rundown reminding us of Havana.  We decided it must have been a prison.  The door was open so we walked in.  Mostly empty rooms surrounding a court yard.  All the windows had bars.  A Sleeping policeman, a young woman working on…

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