So I’ve become an expert on immigration law the last two weeks, or so I think. Yesterday was quite frustrating and I sought out another opinion last night at the local tavern. Given the owner’s nationality, it actually makes sense. And I had some great conversation and really enjoyed listening to the guy next to me at the bar telling about his 73-year-old mom’s recent vacation to Ecuador. And his two trips to Brazil, getting arrested in Canada, the bar tender’s trip to Costa Rica and how they totaled the rental car four hours into trip. Just love talking travel. Whenever I take a short internet break these days, I found myself waffling over potential honeymoon destinations, although this is really far out. I’m disappointed that there’s no one place at the top of my list. Everyone’s got a different comfort level and I think for us, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica hit that nice mix between development and authenticity and I keep trying to find something similar. The South Pacific has always been on my life’s to do list, but I think that the top hot spots – Tahiti, Fiji – will likely be too developed. Now I keep looking into Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, and Marquesas. Flights to any of those may be too cost prohibitive though.
Anyways, good conversation last night, and I had a slight buzz when I returned, enough that I dumped some long-held thoughts up on the blog. And I greatly appreciate everyone’s comments and emails today. Saved several of those, and plan to keep that post up as well (I still sometimes go back and delete posts) to re-read several of those messages. Reassuring to know that most of us share the same thoughts. On Mike’s point about a 2:29 marathoner, I kinda wonder if I’d have run 2:30 at London and never gone sub-2:30, if I’d still be chasing it. Probably. Hitting that time though certainly made it easier to step back. And Mike, totally agree with you on the Pre article – it was supposed to be about why Pre remains so popular, but spent more time talking about why the author decided not to race the 10k.