Cock-A-Doodle-Do(n’t)

Our little family (Ross, Mango and me) was up and outside before sunrise this morning. Why? Because there is an evil rooster who has taken it upon himself to make sure no one gets to sleep in past 4AM. Regardless of the stories you might have heard, roosters do not only cock-a-doodle do early in the morning like a peaceful, natural alarm clock, but rather squawk at any old time they want to. Turns out EVIL roosters want to do this non-stop between the hours of 1:30AM-4:30AM. This rooster has been outside our window the past 4 mornings. Ross got up try to shoo the rooster away today, but Mango was much more alert than Ross this morning, and he took it upon himself to chase the rooster right out of the yard. We then realized we were down one rooster, but also one puppy, which meant getting dressed and chasing said rooster and dog around the neighborhood before the sun came up.

On the bright side, I took some beautiful pictures of the sunrise this morning:

A lot of craziness before 6AM, but that’s Costa Rica for you. In fact, I have been trying to think up a word for Costa Rica, if I HAD to sum it up in one word. Crazy or LOCO came to mind, but that wouldn’t work because it’s not always and sometimes it’s rather tranquilio. TROPICAL was another word I thought of, but some parts in the mountains are rather cold and there is a serious lack of Pina Coladas inland. GREEN, but some places get rather brown during the long dry season, and as far as green friendly in the environmental sense, I’ve seen far too much pollution and burning waste to be completely sold on that. But finally the word came to me: ITCHY. No matter where you go in this beautiful country, you’re bound to encounter something (or some million things) that itch. Bugs, Plants, Heat Rash, it’s all here. Yes, if I had to sum up Costa Rica in one word, ITCHY would be it.

Now, please pass the Benadryl…

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