WHEN I ARRIVED in San José, I was warned not to take my camera with me downtown. I brought it anyway. Initially I put my camera back after every shot, but soon stopped doing that; happy people were all around me, not just willing to pose, but also not showing any of the aggressive rebuffing I’d been warned about. I left the chaotic sonic and mental challenges of traffic behind as I entered the pedestrian zone.
[Note: The author is a Matador Traveler-in-Residence participating in a partnership between MatadorU and Adventure Center. During 2011/12, Adventure Center is sponsoring eight epic trips for MatadorU students and alumni.]