Tonight's anniversary meal was "Tipical Costa Rican Food" of rice and chicken. We have been amused throughout our travels in Costa Rica that restaurants advertise their "Tipical" fare; sometimes it's even spelled correctly as "Typical" - but either way, it seems a rather basic, even crude, effort at marketing. We guess that it's meant to advertise "Authentic Cuisine", and at some point in history a bad translation just stuck. Everywhere.
As our year away progresses, there will be more milestones celebrated in new places - three birthdays should spread out nicely across three continents - and if all goes well, we'll still be on the road NEXT Aug 6 to celebrate our 22nd Anniversary!
It has been said that zip-lining was invented in Costa Rica, a rumour cleverly perpetuated by the local tour operators. Whether true or not, sailing over tropical waterfalls through lush rainforest at 50 km/h is an experience not to be missed.
We elected to put our lives in the hands of Mundo Aventura , having confirmed that their guides and cable system would accommodate Cooper at 75 lbs and 4' 4". (Many operators have a strict minimum height and weight policy and will refuse kids that don't measure up. Cooper was accompanied by a guide on a few cables to provide the ballast required to get him across.) Our adventure included seven cable runs, one of them a kilometre long, suspending riders over a 100 m drop to the forest below. The safety briefing was thorough, though a dry run on a practice cable would have been appreciated before clipping onto the real thing and speculating on the adverse effects of gravity.
At the conclusion of our three hour tour, we agreed it was time well spent.