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Random Facts …

Written by Raenelle on Thursday, September 25, 2008

Here are some random facts about me, Robin and travelling in Central & South America thus far:

About me …

  • I have stopped chewing my fingernails … because my hands are always dirty!
  • I have endured 5,273,496 mosquito and noseeum bites thus far.
  • I am the navigator.  I dislike it when Robin tells me how to navigate.
  • I like to be able to identify birds, animals and ecosystems when I see them.  Unfortunately (fortunately?), this is proving difficult in the tropics where there are a gazillion new species at every turn!
  • I have already worn through a pair of flip-flops (sandals) after only 8 weeks (ha – and you thought I did nothing but sit in the truck and look out the window!).
  • In my eagerness to have air conditioning one night in Colombia, I cranked it up too high (low?) and froze Robin all night.  That will be the last time we have air conditioning on this trip!
  • I HATE getting beach sand in the tent and on the mattress.  It drives me nuts sleeping on sand.  I just CANNOT do it.

About Robin …

  • Sleeping on beach sand doesn’t bother him.  I drive him crazy with my consistent nagging about getting sand on the tent mattress (see above!).
  • Mosquitos and noseeums don’t seem to bother him either.  I believe it’s because he has hairy legs, but he just thinks I’m a wimp!
  • He really is a brilliant driver.  No matter what the driving conditions, he quickly figures out the local road etiquette (no matter how illogical the ‘etiquette’ is) and fits right in.
  • He practically lives in a cheap red t-shirt I bought for him at Capitol Iron for $16.
  • His Spanish is better than mine (I claim it’s because he learnt some French in school, which is slightly similar to Spanish).
  • He has discovered a refreshing drink made from rice flour (Mexico) or fine oat flour (Colombia) mixed with sugar and water … a great way to start the day!
  • Is happiest when he’s either on a good beach, in his hammock, or camping with locals.  Preferably all three at the same time.

About Central and South America (thus far) …

  • Due to poorly designed and low capacity sewer systems, you can’t flush any toilet paper down the toilet.  It all has to go in the wastepaper basket next to the loo.
  • Grass (e.g. along the roadside) is cut by hand using machetes.
  • Guns are common.
  • For a couple of bucks, you can drop your dirty laundry off at a ‘lavanderia’, and pick up your clean clothing a few hours later.  Unfortunately, this method of washing your clothes usually involves a couple of pieces going missing!
  • Highway driving conditions may allow you to travel 200km in anywhere from 1h45m to 6hrs.  Depending on the number of trucks on the road.
  • Border crossings in Central America can take anywhere from 40mins to 3hrs.  Depending on how many photocopies the border officials want!
Further Reading on South America 2008:
Comment by David, Shelley, Kat & Kieran
September 28, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

Hi Robin & Ranelle;

Cute puppy!!. Kat suggests “Sally”, because its a good girl-Golden Reteriver name! Keep up the great blogs! Having a great indian summer here. Cheers.

Comment by Steve
October 2, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

Sand in the tent is a drag! Many little corner stores in Costa Rica sell small plastic brooms that work very well for a quick cleanout, and they don’t take up much space (we just stored ours in the tent).

I hear you on mozzies as well… some of us are just sweeter, apparently, than others.

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