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Day 584: Lessons Learned

Playa Chiquita, Limón province, Costa Rica

Everyone says travel is educational. Here’s some of what we’ve learned today:

  1. Toilet paper goes in the garbage can here, not down the toilet. Weird? You bet. Gross? Not as much as you think.
  2. The “Jaguar Rescue Centre” is surprisingly devoid of jaguars. It’s a good thing they had a mergay, because otherwise N would have been really disappointed.
  3. If you raise parrots in a small cage, they never develop the ability to fly well. Hmm… just like with kids and life skills.
  4. The kids really did pay attention to some of the documentaries we showed them: today at the beach, R and E lay down on their bellies in the very shallow surf and s-l-o-w-l-y crawled out along the sand, shouting, “Look! We’re evolving!”
  5. If you lecture your spouse about beach safety, you will find yourself in an unsafe swimming situation.
  6. It is very hard to swim against the current with a panicky ten-year-old grabbing your arm.
  7. Mr. December keeps a cool head no matter what.
  8. There are spiky things on the rocks in the ocean. You do NOT want to get dragged across them by the waves.
  9. Half of the restaurants in this town claim to open from 5-9; they do not. The other half require reservations—not because they’re swanky, but because there just aren’t enough restaurants open in town right now. Hmmm. Seems like a solvable problem…
  10. If you’re walking along the side of the road in the dark, there will be animal poop to step in. Corollary: if there is animal poop to step in, I will be the one to step in it.

It’s been a long day. Mr. December has just poured me a makeshift rum punch, and I intend to drink it before bed.

Oh, and #11: If I want to post pics on my blog, I should take them myself. Can’t rely on others to share pics in a timely manner.

2 thoughts on “Day 584: Lessons Learned

  1. Made me laugh and think about all the places where drinking tap water is not the best idea for non-locals…….and that means toothbrushing with it ALSO! A lesson i learned at 10 when bottled water was not easily available and I had to swish and spit with parental guidance and cognac…….. And then there is the squat toilet reality…….
    Made me laugh remembering it.. But tp and water are critical things to learn about so we appreciate privileges.
    Glad you got out of the current. Trust your kids know to NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON AN OCEAN. (Absolute Pacific Ocean law.)

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