Circle of life

Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
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Trip End Jan 07, 2013


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Saturday, December 8, 2012

1:00 am... i wake to the sounds of someone screaming... what happened? There's water dripping on me! Yes, you guessed right - it's raining or rather monsooning (it has got to be added to the dictionary), we are under a tin roof and yes, there is a leak and the rain water is dripping on me and our bed... my wife gently sleeps! And I paid for this (besides the point)! I move the bed and like a well-trained husband, put a bowl under the leak and attempt to go to sleep for the few remaining hours before the next, no not again, tour!

It's still raining buckets and yes, after a quick call to my mother to wish her a happy 83rd birthday, we set off, with all our rain gear, at 6 am to see wildlife. An open boat, much monsoon, an open boat and within moments, we are totally drenched, our only thought now being, how do I save the sodden camera?! Of course, wife decides to be a good samaritan and offers our partisan coverings to a fellow spanish couple, who have arrived in this monsoon with not much protection but expensive cameras (Nikon, no less). I have resigned to being polite, hospitable and being permanently wet! We did not see much, abandoned tour and retired to a luke warm shower and a breakfast buffet I was so looking forward to, when the wife calmly announced that this was my first day on the diet and she was merely reminding me as I had asked her too - what option did I have but to merely grunt and then think of living my entire life in hunger - I was not happy!

So, on that note, it's raining, I can escape and pretend to write my blog, whilst I follow cricket on the inetrnet and think of witticisms to torture my indian amigos with:) Life is surely looking better. Wife announces, it's time to go to the beach. The beach?, I croak. Why? I realise, as all married men do, that I am not talking to a fading back... I am going to the beach. Who, pray, goes to the beach when it is monsooning? With blue and white striped umbrellas, we are are walking on the shores of the Caribbean at !! am and I am agreeing to everything....

20 minutes... OMG! umbrellas and chappals forgotten, I am watching a movement up ahead of me that is of some interest to say the least. O bloody MG!! I have just spotted a baby turtle making it;s first journey to the sea. Everything truly forgotten now, we watch the miracle of watching anything between 40 and 60 little baby green sea turtles make their way over all obstacles, including my footprints, to the sea. We stood, watched, silently and not so silently sometimes, cheered and encouraged them on to make a successful journey to the water, their first steps, so to speak. I cursed my weight when one baby tumbled into my footprint and then I watched it struggle out of it (we had been warned not to lend a helping hand as this is more harmful for reasons easily found on google) and cursed mankind when I saw them struggle over bottle caps and like.

With a tear in our eyes, we like to think that us being there helped ward off the circling vultures and we were in some small way responsible for helping a few baby turtles accomplish their first few steps into, hopefully, a long life.

My wife loves me and well, I have just conquered the world:) We are blissfully happy with all that we have seen in Costa Rica and we will return to England that much richer. It's time to celebrate the circle of life - happy birthday mum and happy birthday, little turtle babies. Caipitica, it's time. I am allowed.

Emotionally exhausted, it's time for a holiday!

Oh, I must also mention that the sun did shine, we did take an amazing boat trip into the mangrove canals of Tortuguero, saw good quality of wildlife and much to my good fortune, wife took amazing pictures.

Wife happy, me happy and she has just told me that I can have a bottle of red! Pura vida, for sure.
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