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August 16, 2013

Tales from the tropics

NORMAN — What does vacation mean to you? Do you look forward to relaxing, unfettered by schedules? Or, are you the intense vacationer, filling every waking moment with activities?

If you lean toward the relaxed approach, you understand the concept of vacation — an escape from daily responsibilities. However, if you are the “Energizer Bunny” type of vacationer, you will need a vacation after your vacation.

Our family members fall into both categories. To quote our daughter, “In a foreign country, I want to see and do a lot of things.” On the other hand, even though the Grands tend to take after their mother, they were quite content to play on the beach for hours… when they were not surfing.

Hubby and I like to mix it up and add balance to our vacations. Activities and sight-seeing are wonderful when interspersed with unscheduled breaks. Claiming and relaxing in the hammock with a good book or walking for miles on the beach in search of sea shells or just contemplating our jungle surroundings.

The entire family went to Costa Rica to a town which evolved from a small fishing village on the edge of the jungle to a destination point for surfers. If the waves are good, they will come by the droves. But just because the place draws tourists, does not mean the town is totally “civilized.”

The surf shops sell everything from bikinis, surf boards to bumper stickers. There are a variety of restaurants offering the freshest and most mouth-watering foods, but the seating is usually outdoors. Since this was the rainy season, it was common to combine dinner with a personal shower. Perfect if you are into multitasking.

Unlike the sewer systems at home, the town’s system is unable to process anything besides our basic contributions, which means toilet tissues must be placed in a nearby receptacle. It requires concentration and once you are home, you still pause to consider whether to drop or not to drop.

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