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***UPDATE!: I have returned home after my 2nd & final dental trip to Costa Rica. A wrap-up post will be coming soon. If You're A New Visitor Then Please Use The Archive Menu To The Right To Start At Post #1 (2013 Dec)***

Monday, January 13, 2014

21: DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE and GRAND CENTRAL DENTAL

A weekday without a dental appointment so what to do, what to do?  I remembered seeing a self guided walking tour outlined in my CR book so I grabbed it early this morning, found the map, called our cabbie Carlos and within no time we were off. I've said it once and I doubt this will be the last time...if you're coming to CR get the book: COSTA RICA THE COMPLETE GUIDE by James Kaiser. Amazon has it.

Carlos dropped us off at the National Museum but it was closed on Mondays, of course it was, so we continued on with the walking part of the tour. First we came up on some skilled work done by local street artists...











Next was Parque Nacional which I believe means National Park...








Found a vendor who did a slight twist on the flavored ice thing. He also added some type of sweet cream on top and a type of white powder that was not powdered sugar (I know what you're thinking so stop it...it wasn't drugs)   ;)





Another park and some people watching...












Found out what happened to Ponch's & Jon's police motorcycles from the early 80's show CHiP's...





Found a dude that had the exact teeth I want for my final set so I took this photo so that I can show it to Dr. Prada. Keli said something about I should have brought my glasses but I didn't understand why she brought that up at this time...







Went to the Mercado Central which was huge, a confusing maze of small shops and booths and was a neat experience in which we found a very good frappuccino...











We had walked at least a few miles and I had a general idea of where we were in relation to dental clinics I researched within the last 8 months or so. Plus I have always had a weird and uncanny sense of direction so I knew we were close to the Cavallini clinic. We walked 1 block west and then 3 blocks north and there it was...





This clinic is by far the most popular clinic in Costa Rica with dental tourists. Even though it doesn't look it from the exterior, this place is huge for a dental clinic. The building extends to the rear quite a bit. I called Dan who is a very nice guy who happens to be in CR getting dental work at the same time as I. I knew he had chosen this clinic and was staying at the clinics hotel which part of this complex. Anyhow I called him to see if he was near and in fact he was in the clinic waiting for his appointment. He met me at the door and then took me inside for a tour. Actually it was a very nice woman named Ana, I hope I spelled that right, who ended up giving us a tour. I met both the senior and jr doctors, who were very kind, and even toured their on site lab. Here is one of their multiple waiting rooms...








Dr. Marco (son of Dr. Cavallini)...





They even have their own on site pharmacy...





Some views of the dental lab...




















That is Ana in the above photo...she was great. Next we went upstairs to their hotel which opened in 2010 I believe...
















I was glad that I was able to check out the Cavallini clinic. It's near impossible to do any kind of research on dental tourism and not learn of this place. It was good to finally meet Dan, in person, as well. We first started chatting on the Topix forum where many are discussing dental tourism and then we learned we would be in CR at the same time. Since our dental procedure started on the same day, but different clinics, we have been calling each other to make sure we were still well & kicking. It was good to meet you Dan and thanks!

It was a good day. Tomorrow I have an A.M. dental appointment with Dr. Prada. We will be discussing the build of the next temporary prosthesis. Size and shape of teeth as well as the color. I'm guessing I will have 2 more appointments later this week.

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