Monday, July 11, 2005

I survived!

(sighs contentedly with mocha frappuccino in hand scrolling through favorite blogs)

Yay! The two of us are back in the country and life is restored to normal. And we had a terrific time! The incident with the bullet ant was definitely the most exciting moment on the trip, although I have many stories to tell. I think the best way to share the insanity is through pictures, and since I didn't bring my camera to work, it'll have to wait until tomorrow or the next day.

I can give you some of the highlights, though.

1. We rented a car to drive between the tourist spots (Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Rain Forest, Manual Antonio National Park) and it turns out that Costa Rica doesn't have too many actual roads. What they DO have quite a bit of, is little dirt paths, with huge gaping holes and boulders in the way. Oh, and no street signs. So although the sign says 65 kilometers, what it really means is 5 fucking hours. 5 hours of bouncing along at 10mph, hitting your head against the roof or the window, guessing which dirt path you should take because they aren't mapped and don't have street signs. But I'm not bitter.

2. The Mr. begged me to go on a horse back riding expedition at the volcano, and since I love him, I complied. But I didn't expect the motion sickness, or the crazy bucking horse, or the biting (also by my horse), or the horse that kicked one of the other riders. Kicked her. In the shin. But we did see monkeys! They made it all worth it. Well, for me, but I didn't get kicked.

3. We went on a nighttime tour of the rainforest with a guide and saw a disgusting awful tarantula. A baby tarantula. A baby bigger than my fist and it made me want to curl up into a ball and cry. And bats. EVERYWHERE. Still awesome though.

4. At the beach, some animal had been eating a guava on the walkway at the hotel, so when we walked down the path, I slipped on the guava, skinned my knee, and then proceeded to sit in it. Just like those skits in the movies? Except that you have guava juice soaking through your underwear and seeds sticking to your ass.

5. We saw monkeys roll up to us, examine us for food, and then steal food out of bags the people standing next to us were carrying.

6. 3 foot long iguanas begging for food at restaurants, just like dogs. It made me miss Tango even more.

7. Being with Josh alone for 8 days straight, and then coming home together. We haven't kissed or held hands as much since we met almost 6 and a half years ago.

And tomorrow, more to come, I promise! I took loads and loads of pictures, and while I was unable to get one of the bullet ant since I was busy stomping on it, I did get lots of other animals and sites for all of you (although I may spare you the ones of me in a bathing suit)!


Phantom Scribbler said...

So glad you're back, bats and tarantulas and bullet ants notwithstanding. Can't wait to see pictures!

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Glad you're back, safe & sound.

Ninotchka said...

Yippee! Welcome Home. :O)

Chris said...

Welcome Back!
Want to see the pictures too! Except for the tarantula, because then I would cry ;-)

Smartie said...

Great work on your blog - it was very enlightening. You've got a lot of useful info on there about tarantulas so I've bookmarked your site so I don't lose it. I'm doing a lot of research on tarantulas exposed and have just started a new blog - I'd really appreciate your comments