I know, I know. It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a post. My excuse: I went on vacation last week to Costa Rica, walking through the rainforest, seeing a volcano, and eating rice and beans with almost every meal. (We went to Monteverde, Arenal, and for one night, San Jose.) I’ve been spending the time since I returned home catching up at work.
Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I want to share 15 lessons I learned in Costa Rica about life, traveling, and big bugs.
- Truck drivers are considered awesome in Costa Rica. Women go for them.
- Humans share 90 percent of their DNA with bats.
- Some tourists cry when it rains — in the rainforest.
- Yes, bugs do get bigger. Keep in mind that I live in the South, so bugs are already plenty large.
- When you say you’re from Atlanta, people’s comments always pertain to the airport, the busiest one in the world.
- Baby cows are like puppies. They will run up to you so you can pet them and give big, sad eyes when you leave.
- Even Costa Ricans think people from Texas are crazy.
- Sloths sleep 22 hours a day. Of course, some people do that too.
- A butterfly with clear wings exists. It’s called the glasswinged butterfly.
- Costa Ricans are not appreciative of cougars, and I’m not talking about the animal.
- Thousands of plants can live on a single tree in the rainforest. Thousands.
- Army ants will swarm in a single area, and when they find food, they’ll form a neat line to carry the food back to home base. They’re more organized than most humans.
- Punctual for Costa Ricans is 15 minutes late for us.
- Bugs always seem bigger when you find one in the middle of the night after you get up to use the bathroom.
- The American highway system is glorious, fast, and paved. There’s nothing like a good paved road to not give you nausea.