08.03.2016 - 16.03.2016
Well, travel fans, it's been a while since I've been anywhere that warranted a full-blown trip blog, so please excuse me if my witty repartee is a little rusty! But I leave for Costa Rica in a little over two days, so I decided I'd better commence the ritual preparation of the travel blog. To save time, let me answer the inevitable questions you all have one time and in one spot:
Q: Why Costa Rica?
A: Because Greece was too expensive, and then there's that unfortunate refugee problem...
Q. Are you going by yourself?
A: To be completely semantically correct, yes. However, I am going on a Tauck tour, the same company I've traveled with before.
Subanswer: Why not?
Q: What are you going to do while you're there?
A: Try to avoid thinking about work. Try to avoid thinking about the toilets at church, or the boiler at church, or the parking lot at church....you get the idea.
Subquestion: No, seriously, what are you going to do?
Subanswer: I WAS being serious. But I'll also be rafting, looking at wildlife (monkeys, sloths, gorgeous birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies), avoiding looking at snakes and lizards, getting a massage, and, if I don't lose my nerve, ziplining. I will not, however, be riding horses. Heidi don't do horses. You know, cute stuff like this little guy!
Q: Where in Costa Rica are you going?
A: Playa Hermosa, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Mt. Arenal (I think), San Jose.
Q: How long will you be gone?
A: Not long enough.
Q: How can I get in touch with you?
A: You can't. Don't even try. If I want to you to know, you already do.
Q: Can you bring me back a (insert weird souvenir request)?
A: No. You'll get what I want you to have.
Q: How long have you been packed?
A: Are you new here?
Q: Aren't you afraid you'll get the Zika virus?
A: Not particularly, no. It's a nonevent if you're not pregnant, and I can assure you I'm not. Plus, I have plenty of insect repellent, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts, along with sunscreen, a hat, a poncho, a flash light, two cameras, binoculars, my passport, a bathing suit, and a first aid kit.
Subquestion: Did you have to have any shots?
Subanswer: CDC recommends typhoid and hepatitis A, and for those of you who have met my mother, please answer this question for the rest of the class.
Q: Can you drink the water there?
Q: What language do they speak in Costa Rica?
A: Spanish, and I think I remember enough to find the toilets and not get arrested.
Hope that covers all the questions you all are burning to ask! If I missed one, leave it in the comments. Until the next time, wish me bon voyage!