June 27, 2008

We made it to Costa Rica with more stumbling blocks than we had anticipated.  (We anticipate with optimism).  Our flight from Lima to Miami was delayed 2 hours and we finally left the runway at 1am rather than 10:50pm.  We arrived in Miami, had a short layover in the morning hours and boarded our plane at 10am.  On the runway, seconds before take-off we were informed that the smoke alarms in the luggage cabin were going off and that our plane was being assessed by emergency crews.  30 minutes later we were headed back to the terminal to de-plane.

5 frustrating hours later we boarded a different plane to Costa Rica.  Thereby wasting an entire day because we had missed all buses from San Jose to Monteverde that day.  We arrived to San Jose right around dusk, contacted a family we know here and graciously accepted their open home.  And first hot shower in weeks.

Wednesday morning we woke early to catch the first bus out of San Jose.  630am.  After a 5 hour, hot, sticky and extremely off-road bus ride, we arrived in Santa Elena.

Our first adventure was a canopy-tour/zip line over the Monteverde rain forest.

In the evening we ate some food at a local tree house cafe and then enjoyed the hammocks at our hostel.

This morning we hiked in the Monteverde Cloud Forest.  It was green, wet and beautiful.  And full of birds and monkeys.

Josh was wearing my (small) raincoat because he’s afraid of mosquitoes.  And scary movies.

And finally, this evening we took the very long, very bumpy bus back to San Jose.  In a lot of ways I feel like Costa Rica has become the second-born child with few childhood pictures.  One shortly after birth and then one of it blowing out the candles on the 2nd year birthday cake.

But despite my lack of motivation to capture it in photographs, it is beautiful here.  And much more humid.  But we are slightly travel-weary and it is slowly taking more and more to woo us into awe and wonder.  I find myself craving the familiar.  In some situations becoming bitter towards inconveniences and cultural differences.  I know I’ve seen some bell-curve chart of personal perspectives on cultural adaptation during extended travel.  It sounds familiar.  I feel like we’re on the downward swing of exhaustion and frustration.

These days I find myself craving a familiar face.  My comfortable bed.  The knowledge of safety.  My food in the refrigerator.

We haven’t been “home” in two months and at 60-days-in, I’m learning and growing.  We’re not at the end.  Yet.  And there’s more to learn.

Tomorrow we meet up with the rest of the OM team at the airport and begin our missions work in the jungle.  It will be a challenging week and I will not have the computer with me to share with you.  Until after.

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2 Responses to “”

  1. […] We made it to Costa Rica with more stumbling blocks than we had …But we are slightly travel-weary and it is slowly taking more and more to woo us into awe and wonder. I find myself craving the familiar. In some situations becoming bitter towards inconveniences and cultural differences. … […]

  2. schmanda said

    i miss you! counting the days till you come back to internet life. Love.

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