A recent journey to Costa Rica brought me face to face with the beautiful reality of a shared street. One bumpy dirt track did it all - cars, atv's, bicycles, dirt bikes, cars, trucks, pedestrians, all shared the space moving at their own pace. Of course the rutted and bumpy road ensured that no ones pace was too fast. Given its closeness to the beach, no one was moving too fast anyway. Don't Worry, Be Happy. The road had restaurants and cafe with outdoor tables, and a place where all modes of travel felt equally at home. The dust though was a real problem - many even wore masks. Patches of paving were beginning to be laid down - a welcome relief to the pervasive dust. Soon it will all be pavement which ironically will make it an even more hospitable place. The informality and the way a road can support all modes of movement, as well as place to meet people, hang out, eat dinner, have drinks,made this not just a road but a place, the place of gathering for Santa Teresa. And only 2 minutes from the beach!