I’ve been roaming Costa Rica with my backpack for 6 weeks now, and although the last two weeks have been full of family and luxury, I have learned a few things from our more “rustic” experiences.
So without further ado, my list of learnings so far:
- Underwear becomes optional very quickly
- Clean Clothing becomes your prized possession
- If you work out every day (as I do), you will stink, always. The bonus, is it makes you run faster, as you want to get away from yourself.
- When you are packing and your husband asks whether he should bring a towel, say yes…or he will use yours. Two people…one towel…not pretty.
- You can pay beautiful little old Tica’s to wash your clothes for you. When you get them back, they smell like Disneyland, Sparkles, and Magic, all at once.
- Stopping and thinking to yourself, “When DID, I last wash my hair?” Is totally acceptable
- Hair legs make it easier to scratch bug bites with.
- For the first time since grade 8, I have a uni-brow. No matter how hard I try to remember to deal with it, it is a lost cause.
- Always remember to scrub your feet when you are in the shower.
- Nip Slips during surfing are a fact of life…for me anyways.
- Beer tastes best after you’ve had mouthfuls of salt water.
- If it feels like a bug is biting you, it is.
- Your days aren’t always beach walks, and adventures. Sometimes its dirty socks in a sink.
- The last nights in hostels before moving on are always the most inventive meals. Raw carrots and tuna anyone?
- Lizano Salsa, truly does belong on everything.
- Not ALL Costa Rican coffee tastes delicious. Hostel coffee can taste like sludge…yet I’ll still drink it.
- Being in the kitchen when everyone is checking out of the hostel is the best place to be. Lots of leftover goodies to be handed out!,
- Hanger is deadly, and should be avoided at all costs.
What do you think about what I’ve learned? What advice would you give someone who is new to backpacking?
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