Sunday, February 01, 2009

Fabulous Florida

"The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land." —G.K. Chesterton

Our big Christmas gift to our family this year was a trip to The Motherland…10 terrific days in Florida. Time spent in the United States. Yippee!

Here, in no particular order, are a few highlights of our vacation:

**Dan, running enthusiast that he is, took on the half-marathon at Disney World on a Saturday and followed it by running the full marathon on Sunday. That’s a whole lotta miles—39.3 to be exact! He brought home plenty of race bling, including the Goofy medal because those who run the half (Donald medal) and full (Mickey medal) are also known to take on the Goofy Challenge. I’m still not sure how he finished the races and still walked three Disney parks the next few days, but he did and I’m so proud of him!

**Shopping. Oh, wonderful US retail, how I love thee! Our credit card got a major workout just in our first 48 hours in the States. We didn’t even get from Miami to Orlando without dropping a bundle on new clothes for the girls, so desperately needed. We had plenty of fun at the outlet malls and Downtown Disney—but don’t be fooled! Shopping included much anticipated trips to Wal-Mart and Target. Even buying groceries to stock the condo was a high. We splurged on foods that we really miss living in CR.

**Speaking of food … it’s amazing how comforting favorites from home can be. We had delicious Tex-Mex, plenty of snacks, and a trip to Orlando would not be complete without dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack—a Beaudry family favorite.

**Yes, we love to swim and we go to the pool here often, but despite cooler temps in Orlando we were able to swim in beautiful heated pools. Fantastic!

**Driving! How luxurious are US interstates, I ask you! They are smooth, wide, well-marked and with drivers that, for the most part, obey the rules of the road. Not once did I see a bus stopped on the highway, cows heading down the street toward me, or a pothole so big I thought it might swallow me whole.

**Oh, did I mention Disney? We love visiting the parks. We went to Animal Kingdom for the first time and thought Expedition Everest was a most awesome coaster. The Nemo musical was fantastic, too, and we loved the safari.

Funny thing is we had just entered Animal Kingdom when I heard Erin squeal and turned around to see her standing with her friend Grace from school here in Escazu. It really is a small world, after all.

The next couple of days were spent at Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Lines were very short—so much so that we were able to go on rides repeatedly with little to no wait. We rode on Space Mountain seven times. (The girls would have gone even more, but parents have limits!) We spent our last night in Orlando watching the beautiful fireworks show over Cinderella’s castle.

We flew out of Miami a couple of days later and my emotions were mixed. I hated leaving the US—the ease of everything, the familiarity of being in my own culture, and the appreciation for comforts I really miss while living in Central America.

But when it comes down to it, it’s good to be home—and home, for now, is here in Costa Rica. It is beautiful and warm, we have treasured friends here, and our time here is not complete. It was a terrific trip to America and our family made many good memories. We’ll be back!


Justine said...

Aw, I'm so glad you guys had such a fabulous time! I can't believe Erin bumped into a Costa Rican friend there. That is wild!!!!!!!!!

How much longer will you be living down there?

Justine :o )

Four in Costa Rica said...

Hey Just,

We did have a great time. It was a much needed trip for our family.

The plan is for us to move back to Ohio after the school year--so at the end of June. Dan and I will be going up in a couple of months to find a new house. Exciting!


Shelli said...

No lines--sweet! Isn't Everest a great coaster? I wish I hadn't taken off my glasses; I couldn't see the Yeti. :( Glad you had a great time. Dan's legs really got a workout this time. :)

Jill said...

So how long have you lived in CR? What brought you there?

I am going to Disney Hollywood Studios on Saturday for my daughters 3rd birthday. I live about 40 minutes from there.

I am glad you had a fun time in my neighborhood! I love Florida!