If you had told me a year ago that I would be in Costa Rica for two Coldplay concerts, I never would have believed you. Yet, there I was last weekend, standing in the crowd at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose and singing along to all of my favorite songs. This was an incredible experience that I will never forget.
One of the ancillary reasons I enjoy going to Coldplay concerts is that they take me to new places in the world. I'm grateful for the adventures I've been lucky enough to have, and Costa Rica was an adventure. The friendships and memories we made, I'll never forget.
Within a few hours of arriving in the country, we made two friends who we hung out with during the whole trip. Costa Rica has a beautiful culture and is filled with the kindest people. Our new friends showed us around the city and took us to some of their favorite places. We went out exploring, adventuring, and watching Formula 1 while having the best ceviche I've ever had.
The day before the concert, we spent time exploring areas outside of San Jose. Afterwards, we went to the Hilton hotel's rooftop, across from the stadium, to watch the sound check. It's always a privilege to be able to see the first show of a tour. I tried to avoid spoiling everything for myself, but enjoyed the lights and some music.
We left after a few songs to go to a meetup at a nearby bar. The coolest thing was watching a very talented local artist perform, while Coldplay were testing their fireworks overhead. You could feel the energy. The fans there had been waiting their whole lives to see the band in their country, and their passion was obvious.
On the day of the show, the language barrier caused some issues with directions, and about the camera policy. Luckily two guys saw what was happening and saved the day. They also offered to take my camera to their nearby apartment to store during the show. I didn't have much of a choice so I trusted these strangers.
Once we got into the stadium, we quickly ran into a familiar face and chatted with Chris' dad about what was in store for the rest of the tour and the sustainability initiatives. It was the first time the world was seeing the bikes and kinetic floors in person.
As always, the show was so much fun and the band were on their A-game. After the show we had to go find our helpful strangers' apartment to get my camera. Once we got there, we spent about half an hour hanging out, talking, and getting to know everyone there. By this point we had met so many great people in the country that it was no surprise that these two guys would help out a stranger.
The following night we went again, but had to leave early to catch a flight. Then the flight got delayed for several hours. Things don't always go according to plan, but that's what makes these adventures fun.
I'm so grateful for the experience and for the friends I made while there. There's something really special about Costa Rica and its people. Pura Vida!