Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pura Vida, Baby.

Costa Rica: a luscious land of adorable long-eared cows, iguanas, and howler monkeys whose cries echo like wild boar-dogs in the night. Right now we're sitting in air-conditioned comfort, a luxurious relief from the sweltering heat outside. The cast: our peeps from Columbus and Chicago, who narrowly escaped the wintry snowstorms of the midwest to reclaim the tans they once had.

With much relief, we crossed out of Nicaragua and entered a realm which we both agreed instantly felt "more safe." Despite the decrepit roads, the dense jungle/beach of Nosara is a place of unique beauty, a place where fireflies dance to the haunting chorus of wild night creatures.

So far, we've experienced the kindness of a local volkswagen kin, whose offering of a safe driveway to park in and dinner kept us happy in Tamarindo. We've crossed small rivers in Gunther, and built shady refuges out of driftwood and a Wuzzles sheet to save us from the brutal sun.

It's so awesome to meet up with friends, who can help us answer important life questions such as: "Which Costa Rican beer really is the best?" and "How do you pick a champion Hermit crab racer?" Our only regret is not all of our friends can be with us.

But there is an important lesson in all of this for the wise. Consider our friends Beth and Theo. Both young, able bodied, kind-spirited people that we don't get to see on this trip because they suffer from a case of bad priorities. Beth spent the entire year in cozy heated comfort, while reading US Weekly in every spare moment. One year and $843 in magazines later, she doesn't have the money to enjoy paradise with her friends.

And then there is Theo. Smart, handsome, with an intensive background in etiquette and ballroom dancing. What on earth could keep him away from a week in paradise with his friends? Thats right. Bad priorities. Apparently Theo thinks starting a new job is more important than try to figure out a 7th way to blend rum with tropical fruit. Obviously he has learned nothing from our example. It's a sad cautionary tale for young people everywhere.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without a doubt...IMPERIAL. (the beer question). Wuzzles rule. Almost as much as Ducktales and Lazano hot sauce. Go to Mal Pais. Eat the best pizza ever at Playa Carmen. Do it. You'll thank us later. Don't forget...guaro sours rock...they're made with nitro-glycerin. (says Jay).

4/11/07, 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the wuzzles!!!

believe you me...we would be down there like jumpin jack flash if there weren't such a thing as grad school and bills and grad school. i know you'll probably chalk (sp?) that up to bad priorities but its the truth. someday we'll go back together, how does that sound?

miss you (as always)


ps - i love the first picture - it might be my favoritest of all so far.

4/12/07, 12:50 AM  
Blogger Melissa Bum said...

I'm so glad you're away from the scary night men, really, I mean that. I've been praying for you lots since then. It looks amazing in Costa Rica and though my priorites are 100% correct- I'm still stuck here in downtown somehow, unable to escape! Save me! Take me to the beach!! I'll die of whiteness here, you can't leave me like this....ohhhh(dying sounds).

4/12/07, 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would appreciate photo credit for my glorious shots.

Kind Regards,

4/12/07, 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yes, my celeb obsessed addiction is way out of control. ha ha. forget the trip, can't even afford to pay rent! kidding.
anyways, nice to see what i'm missing while i'm stuck out here in cold, rainy nyc. i guess i can just photoshop myself in the pics later. hope you guys are having a great time! wish i was there.

4/12/07, 12:37 PM  
Blogger Lindsey & David said...

tonight my priorities include: baking sugar cookies, cleaning Elwood's grody ear, making a pillow for my couch in a new shape - squares and circles are boring. Wow - I had 2 beers the other night and I was totally buzzed. I need to go out more :)


4/12/07, 4:21 PM  
Blogger The Abrahams said...

its strange but I am beginning to be able to recongize both of your writing styles. Joe is really sarcastic and rachel is very pretty and reflective.

Love the pics


4/12/07, 4:43 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Soo fun dudes... ooh to be young and fancy free with friends instead got the "old ball and chain" plus 3 kids...priorites I guess, love you all.

4/13/07, 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I'm scared of underwater Joe. You should randomly post the really scary picture.

4/22/07, 6:17 PM  

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