Once in a long while you fall instantly in love with another human being. Anthony is our once in awhile crocodile…
Anthony of Sierpe
*This is the final post about my family’s jungle adventures on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Follow along on all our wild jungle adventures here: Jungle Adventure!
After about five days of living in our jungle house we decide it’s time to catch a boat into town, food supplies are getting low. Sierpe is a small community on the Sierpe River and a 25 minute boat ride from our dock
As soon as our boat docks in town, Peter and the eldest girls make a beeline for the town pharmacy; they heard one can get wifi there. Sure enough, they find the internet (and if you are one of the lucky few to receive text messages or emails from the jungle—this is where they all came from—the out door pharmacy in Sierpe). Not me though, no way. I avoid the wifi like the plague.
In my Canadian life I have to be online all week for my job; in between actually creating (writing and painting), I have to manage my websites, emails and write online ad copy. Not surprisingly, the jungle has brought true clarity to my life and I am more than happy to have no connection with the online world. I do not go online for my entire jungle holiday. I don’t miss it at all. In fact, I would be perfectly happy to live in the jungle and go into town once every 2 weeks for updates on the modern world.
Sierpe is small with a rural feel to it. The grocery store sells no real juice (only sugary fake stuff), the produce is sketchy and there is no dairy or meat. However, all is not lost as I happen upon a pair of Chanel sunglasses for the equivalent of 3 Canadian dollars. I buy them—I really need a pair and I don’t care if they’re fakes.
Strolling through the park with our few groceries we meet a local ten year old boy named Anthony. He rides in circles around our group for about five minutes. I say, “Hola.” That’s what he’s been waiting for. Anthony has a lot to say, in Spanish of course. Oh, if only we knew what he was saying!
Anthony is hard to resist with his nonstop Spanish banter and his desire to befriend us. The truth be told, Tabs and I instantly fall head over heels in love with Anthony.
How To Call A Crocodile
Anthony teaches us how to call a crocodile by making the same sound young crocodiles make. You pinch your nose closed, puff out your cheeks, keep your mouth closed and make an, “um, um, um,” sound in your throat.
Watch the short video below for a quick lesson on crocodiles by Anthony:
The sign reads: Use Two Magnets On Each Photo On Your Fridge
-this sign wins the Most Ridiculous Sign Ever Award from me.
Friendship, fleeting or otherwise, is a beautiful thing.