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Despite the stressful passport situation you sound like you're handling it very well and enjoying yourself too! Glad your family likes the resort. You'll be staying there for a while? 

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On 1/18/2020 at 12:31 AM, Mad Hatter said:

Nahh kitesurfers tend to be really nice people! I'd recommend a course though, I wouldn't trust a random dude on the beach to go through all the safety stuff you need to know, even if he's amazing at it. It's one of those sports that's pretty safe as long as you're not being an idiot, but you need to know the rules to not be an idiot. Kites can be incredibly powerful. It's nice that you already have board skills, it makes it a lot easier to learn when you only have to focus on the kite.

 

They run a kiteschool here. All their material is in Russian, but, again, Google Translate FTW! So I can take a course. It's 10 hours, and $450. That's more than I had hoped for just to try it out!

 

On 1/18/2020 at 1:17 AM, darkfoxx said:

Sounds like a much needed “normal” day for the kiddoes - and Lols, that mosquito net looks like something a girlfriend of mine wanted desperately the last trip I took - to the jungle - with a group including someone who hates both bigs and lizards. :lol:

 

Yeah, they needed a day of downtime :) And they're getting more and more used to the lizards. There are always a few outside our door in the evenings, but we haven't seen any more of them inside yet.

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5 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Despite the stressful passport situation you sound like you're handling it very well and enjoying yourself too! Glad your family likes the resort. You'll be staying there for a while? 

 

Yeah, I'm enjoying myself! New experiences every day. I love it! :) 

We have booked our room here until Saturday. But we'll be staying in the area a little bit longer. If we find another hotel we want to try we'll go there, otherwise we'll just add on a few more days at this place :) 

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Yesterday, Saturday, i didn't have to work all day, so we wanted to do some exploring. We walked in to the town center. Google said it'd be a 30 minute walk, but with the kids and the stroller it probably took closer to 45 minutes. We went to check out the fishing boats and the local market. Even though it's a town of only 25000 my boys and my wife still thought it was too many people, and too many motorbikes going too fast, too close. So after a while they gave up and left me to shop for some fruit. So I did my shopping and then walked a bit faster to catch up with them on the way home. 

 

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Those are all fishing boats. The were very colorful, but unfortunately the sun was right in my face/camera, so on the photo they all look black :( 

 

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In this direction, with the sun more from the side, more of the colors come through. I've never before seen those round kind of boats. They look like big plastic soup bowls :P 

 

When we got home we had a light lunch, and then I went out in the hotel garden to do my yoga. It was the first time I've ever done yoga outside, and it was really nice! Hopefully I can do that today again.

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On 1/15/2020 at 9:13 AM, Tobbe said:

 I thought I'd have more free time!

The biggiest lie of vaction, you end up finding HOW much you can do in a small period of time. 

Especially if you are moving cities, wow. Like even with a week difference, that leaves little time for a routine in one place. Idk, my brain would have a hard time with that. But makes sense, and makes the trip WAY more interesting. 

 

On 1/16/2020 at 9:30 PM, Tobbe said:

Here's my 10 yr old son getting down in to the tunnels through a hole they had made 35% bigger than they actually were, to fit western tourists 😛 

Wow different view point, glad it is something being spoken for tourists. 

 

On 1/17/2020 at 10:08 AM, Tobbe said:

Lots of kite surfers here, and people doing yoga out in the shade of the palm trees :)

Exactly what all future Yogis dream I bet. 

 

On 1/17/2020 at 10:08 AM, Tobbe said:

When it was time for dinner they came back to the room, and right when my oldest son came in he pointed to the roof and said "look, a lizard!" So now my youngest son is scared, and demanded to sleep with a bug net to "protect from the lizard" 🤣

My reaction in Costa Rica, but no bug nest to hide in. Luckily they just stayed in the lobby area in an open resort like hotel... But when you are used to no lizards and some bugs. Different world....

 

41 minutes ago, Tobbe said:

. I've never before seen those round kind of boats. They look like big plastic soup bowls :P 

There's an indigneous culuture here that had used them, mainly the women around waterways to bring a TON of stuff. Slow and steady on moving, but you can bring everything. Would make sense for fishboats to the shore. 

 

 

I wonder if the wifi slows down because everyone uses is in the evening, could be something else entirely... Since I have little idea how wifi works. 

Do hope you get some kite surfing in!

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2 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Exactly what all future Yogis dream I bet. 

 

And thanks to yesterday's yoga practice I am now one of those 😊🌴

 

2 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

There's an indigneous culuture here that had used them, mainly the women around waterways to bring a TON of stuff. Slow and steady on moving, but you can bring everything. Would make sense for fishboats to the shore. 

 

Where is "here"? Where are you from?

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14 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Where is "here"? Where are you from?

Sorry, I personall stalk everyone lol. 

 

And my ramble begins: 

 

I'm speaking from Minnesota, USA I can't remember which tribe since it was was about midwest indigenous population presentation, that lived in lake or wetland envionments. Need to look up which one (Could very well be in a tribe North of the US in Canada... but will need to find that out). 

 

Your from Sweden right? Or did I make that up.... 

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5 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Sorry, I personall stalk everyone lol. 

 

No need to be sorry, stalking is fine :) (May I even say, encouraged? :))

 

5 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

I'm speaking from Minnesota, USA

 

Ahh, thanks :) 

 

5 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Your from Sweden right? Or did I make that up.... 

 

I am indeed Sweden

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My wife asked us all if we wanted to join her for a walk on the beach yesterday. I immediately said "yes", but the boys were more reluctant. Especially the younger one. He just wanted to stay in the room and play games on his tablet. "Fine", we said, and started walking. Right as we left my older son decided to join. And after walking for like five minutes our younger son came running too, and said he wanted to join as well :) So we walked down to the beach and on a whim decided to take a right. And I was very happy we did, because just a few hundred meters down the beach we randomly walked in to a kite surfing competition :D So we stayed and watched for quite a while. Very cool!

 

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Later in the evening both boys agreed that watching that competition had been the highlight of the day :) 

 

When we got back I went out in the garden and did yoga. After finishing the YWA session I still felt like I wanted to do some more, so I freestyled for a while, and then I followed a crow pose tutorial to get some practice balancing on my hands. I could stay on my hands for a good three to four deep breaths. Then I get tired. I get tired before I lose my balance enough to fall over. So more endurance/stamina needed :) 

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Banana for scale?

 

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Browsing through the photos on my phone I found this from the other day... When we payed at a restaurant they gave us a banana each. It was the tiniest banana I've ever seen!

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13 hours ago, Tobbe said:

I am indeed Sweden

Haha was wondering. I'm going to sound so American, but to give you an idea. My father's side (great-granfather) moved to MN from Sweden to join a community here (back in 1910s). So my ears tend to perk up when I hear anything about Sweden...

 

14 hours ago, Tobbe said:

 (May I even say, encouraged? :))

Good to know its approved!

 

13 hours ago, Tobbe said:

When we got back I went out in the garden and did yoga. After finishing the YWA session I still felt like I wanted to do some more, so I freestyled for a while, and then I followed a crow pose tutorial to get some practice balancing on my hands. I could stay on my hands for a good three to four deep breaths. Then I get tired. I get tired before I lose my balance enough to fall over. So more endurance/stamina needed :) 

Just saying you are casually doing crow poses, definetly shows you are on the yogi path!

I can barely do anything with my hands last time I tried... So you are just being cool.... 

 

Also really cool on stumbling upon kite surfing competition. Is a good way to see more of the culture of how the sport is done. 

Along with showing the kids going for a small walk can make interesting exploring opportunities especially in a new country. 

 

3 hours ago, Tobbe said:

It was the tiniest banana I've ever seen!

That made me smile with adorableness. 

Healthies tiny treat I've ever seen. 

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The day before yesterday I did a thing. I used 20 seconds of courage and went and talked to the surfer guys/girls. Took them a while to find someone who spoke English, but when they did I booked an hour class with him for the day after. So yesterday I took my first kite lesson :) I had only booked an hour, but I actually ended up staying for two hours. Even so, I only got to play with a smaller beginner kite for a while on land, and a proper kite for a while in knee-deep water. So after my lesson I immediately booked two more hours for the next day. I can't really say yet if I love it or not. But I do want to give it a proper chance. And to do that I first need to learn to actually stand on a board :) 

 

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In the evening we went to our favorite restaurant in the area, which is, conveniently enough, the closest one. And while the portions are pretty cheap, they're also very small. They for example have Caesar salad, Chef's salad, Russian salad, etc, but the one I fell for was their "beef salad". What I got was this

 

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Ain't nobody getting full on that! It's like four small, thin, strips of beef, a bunch of lettuce, a small amount of red cabbage and some silver onion... It was very tasty. The dressing was super nice. But, again, not really something you'd get full from. So I had to order another dish too...

 

Because I had been out doing my kiteboarding lesson during the day I didn't have time to do yoga as well. So I had to do that in our hotel room before going to bed. We did some pigeon pose variations, and I really struggled! My flexibility is not there yet! I'm doing alright with balance stuff, but I need a lot of work with anything bendy :) 

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8 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

I'm going to sound so American, but to give you an idea. My father's side (great-granfather) moved to MN from Sweden to join a community here (back in 1910s). So my ears tend to perk up when I hear anything about Sweden...

 

I have distant relatives in the States too. And so does my wife. It's very common :) 

 

8 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

So you are just being cool.... 

 

😊 Thanks

 

9 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Along with showing the kids going for a small walk can make interesting exploring opportunities especially in a new country. 

 

Yes, this was a great lesson for them 👨‍🏫

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Woohoo for 20 seconds of courage. I think kite surfing is such an amazing sport. I love to watch. Don't think I'd be brave enough to do it though. So cool that you did!

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3 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Woohoo for 20 seconds of courage. I think kite surfing is such an amazing sport. I love to watch. Don't think I'd be brave enough to do it though. So cool that you did!

 

So far it's not scary at all.

We'll see how I feel about that when I'm actually on a board and I have a big kite attached to me that wants to pull me right out of the water :P 

 

30 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Wheee amazing you took the plunge!

 

💦💦

 

I told my wife I was thinking about it, but that I thought it was a lot of money. She's like, "Whatever. YOLO!" :D 

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Today I felt a little left out when my wife and older son went exploring and I had to stay in the hotel room working :(  I know this was the plan all along, so I just have to get used to it. But I really did want to go see that side of the beach too :)  When they got back they told me they had seen "the red sand dunes", which is something this area is very famous for. We've been talking about going there. Everyone says they're *sooo* beautiful. But it's also a lot of work to walk up those sand dunes. Especially carrying a baby. So we haven't gone yet. So when my wife and son walked down the beach they had gotten a glimpse of the dunes. Some of the red sand had blown down to the beach, so my son was very happy when he told me he had held some of that sand in his hands :)  

 

During my kiteboarding lesson today I got to play with the board. But not together with the kite. Today I practiced (among other things) getting in and out of the board. First on land, then in shallow water, then in deeper water with more waves. Also got to practice catching the board in the waves. That was hard work! Had to take a five minute break after that to catch my breath :) 

 

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Right before writing this I completed day 15 of the yoga series. I liked this session. It had a more, and longer, flows than in the last few sessions. So yeah, halfway now. 15 done, 15 to go :) 

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6 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Some of the red sand had blown down to the beach, so my son was very happy when he told me he had held some of that sand in his hands :)  

Sounds like an opportunity for you and your older kids maybe to run over there at some point... 

If you get a chance... Idk on your family dynamics but that would be an opporunity for the older kids to show you something. But could see just the kitesurfing being your thing for now. 

 

6 hours ago, Tobbe said:

15 done, 15 to go :) 

Even with the unpredicted gaps, looks like you might be done before the end of this challenge ! (maybe, may not to be too good at math at the moment). 

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15 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Idk on your family dynamics but that would be an opporunity for the older kids to show you something.

 

That's a great idea actually :)  Thanks!

 

15 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Even with the unpredicted gaps, looks like you might be done before the end of this challenge ! (maybe, may not to be too good at math at the moment). 

 

Heh, yeah, how many days do we have left of this challenge anyway? I'm not even sure :) In my first post in this thread I wrote that my goal is to do 20 of the 30 days during the challenge. Feels like I'm on track reaching that goal at least!

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Wednesday

 

We started our kiteboarding class a little later because we wanted stronger winds. The plan was that I should get to play with the kite in the water today. Maybe even on a board! But half way through the class I just had to quit. My eyes hurt like hell and I couldn't see anything anymore. My wife had to lead me to our room, where I could lay down with closed eyes in total darkness. It still hurt, but it was better than being outdoors. Some painkillers and I could finally relax a bit. While I was laying in bed my wife was googling. Apparently I had "snow blindness". You typically get it when the strong sun reflects off of snow. But it can also be white beaches and/or the ocean... Basically I had sunburn in my eyes. And the recommendation is to just stay indoor in darkness until it gets better. Usually 24 - 48 hours. So no more kiteboarding for me :( 

 

I didn't want to go out for lunch, because my eyes still hurt. But a baseball cap, dark sunglasses, and walking with my eyes mostly closed I did make it to the restaurant. And this is what I had.

 

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Do you see what it is?

 

Later in the evening I did my yoga, but I had to do it indoors, with sunglasses on. Even looking at a computer screen, set to the lowest brightness, hurt my eyes too much :( But even with the sunglasses my eyes kept tearing up and felt really swollen.

 

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Bummer about kiteboarding and your eyes. Do they have special sunglasses (like skiing goggles) that you can wear that will stay on. I hope your eyes feel better soon.

Is that frog? You are certainly winning all sorts of bravery points. I don't think I could have eaten that. 

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9 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Apparently I had "snow blindness". You typically get it when the strong sun reflects off of snow. But it can also be white beaches and/or the ocean... Basically I had sunburn in my eyes. And the recommendation is to just stay indoor in darkness until it gets better. Usually 24 - 48 hours. So no more kiteboarding for me :( 

Aww the unknowns! 

Sometimes its weird how it works out, maybe something to try again in the future (near or far). 

Sorry for the bump on the road, coudl see it being difficult for work too :(

 

9 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Do you see what it is?

My first thought was bunny... or a rodent lol

But could be a frog... Coud be anything. I don't think I've seen a lot of animals cooked whole (or a variety of animals actually being cooked....)

 

Maybe the universe taking it easy! 

Good job on sticking with Yoga despite the eyes! Might be a chance to just practice what you remember. And thanks for the update. I hope you get better soon!

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10 hours ago, Tobbe said:

Wednesday

 

We started our kiteboarding class a little later because we wanted stronger winds. The plan was that I should get to play with the kite in the water today. Maybe even on a board! But half way through the class I just had to quit. My eyes hurt like hell and I couldn't see anything anymore. My wife had to lead me to our room, where I could lay down with closed eyes in total darkness. It still hurt, but it was better than being outdoors. Some painkillers and I could finally relax a bit. While I was laying in bed my wife was googling. Apparently I had "snow blindness". You typically get it when the strong sun reflects off of snow. But it can also be white beaches and/or the ocean... Basically I had sunburn in my eyes. And the recommendation is to just stay indoor in darkness until it gets better. Usually 24 - 48 hours. So no more kiteboarding for me :( 

 

I didn't want to go out for lunch, because my eyes still hurt. But a baseball cap, dark sunglasses, and walking with my eyes mostly closed I did make it to the restaurant. And this is what I had.

 

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Do you see what it is?

 

Later in the evening I did my yoga, but I had to do it indoors, with sunglasses on. Even looking at a computer screen, set to the lowest brightness, hurt my eyes too much :( But even with the sunglasses my eyes kept tearing up and felt really swollen.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Bummer about kiteboarding and your eyes. Do they have special sunglasses (like skiing goggles) that you can wear that will stay on. I hope your eyes feel better soon.

 

Yeah, they do

 

Surf Rat/ S Rat II Prescription Eyewear

 

Definitely something to look into if I want to try this again

 

16 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Is that frog? You are certainly winning all sorts of bravery points. I don't think I could have eaten that. 

 

It sure is! But what's even more impressive is that my older son asked if he could try some. Of course he could :) And he did, and said it was alright :) 

 

7 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Sometimes its weird how it works out, maybe something to try again in the future (near or far). 

 

Yeah, if not sooner I think I want to try it again back home in Sweden this summer

 

7 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Sorry for the bump on the road, coudl see it being difficult for work too :(

 

Yeah, it's not great not being able to properly see the computer screen...

 

7 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

My first thought was bunny... or a rodent lol

But could be a frog... Coud be anything. I don't think I've seen a lot of animals cooked whole (or a variety of animals actually being cooked....)

 

No bunnies or rodents on the menu here. So yeah, it's a frog :) 

 

8 hours ago, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

Good job on sticking with Yoga despite the eyes!

 

Thanks :)  

 

6 hours ago, Rubik'sCat said:

 

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Medal

 

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When I woke up yesterday my eyes felt much better. Still sensitive to light, but not the constant pain anymore. So as long as I'm wearing my cap and my sunglasses I'm fine. But mostly I stayed in the hotel room with the curtains covering the windows and the lights turned off. On the plus side I got a decent amount of work done :) 

 

At the resort they're preparing for Chinese New Year celebrations. Lots of flowers everywhere!

 

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Feels weird to celebrate New Years with this kind of weather. My entire life New Years Eve has been dark and cold and wet and/or snowy.

 

 

My glutes hurt after yoga in the evening. Not sure if it's because of DOMS or because of sitting on my ass all day 😆

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