This has been a particularly insightful week in Costa Rica. Why, you ask? I don’t know, it just has. I’m already making plans for my next trip, so it means there is some sort of end in sight and that always brings a time of reflection, whether a philosopher or not. This trip in Costa Rica will be my second longest trip ever. The first, when I lived in South Africa for a summer during college. Just as the trip in South Africa did, this has been a very revealing trip, as I’ve immersed myself in a culture I only knew from books, magazines, and conversations with friends and family. As I was sitting on the beach today, I was quickly able to come up with a long list of things I’ve learned and could have kept going. So here it is: 10 things living and traveling through Central America has taught me.
You were expecting a 10th item here weren’t you? Are you really disappointed? I think not. You’re probably tired of “top ten” lists anyways, and I’ve actually just done you a favor. So you’re welcome – you can buy me a beer later. The fact is that I can’t put a cap on what I’m learning and experiencing in Central America. I made this list in just a few minutes, which is rare for me, and I really could have gone on and on. This is how travel should be. There is no right or wrong way to travel, however, there should be a change that goes on within. The day I no longer find that the case is the day I quit traveling. Echoing the words of many great travelers before, I find that the more I travel, the less I actually know.
*Photo #5 is courtesy of Kirsten Alana.