Saturday, July 25, 2020

Another One Like Me

Saturday, July 25, 2020

I found another one just like me. He sits alone every morning at that small cafe near the bus stop, painstakingly eating a plate of rice and beans, trying to make each spoonful last. He's from Denmark and is currently the sole guest in one of the hotels here in Manuel Antonio. Like other travelers who were not able to find a flight home before the borders were shut, he's been stranded in Costa Rica for almost five months now. But it's not only the lack of flights that troubles him. In dire financial straits, he's worried that he will no longer be able to sustain his stay in the country as travel restrictions are extended until September.

I wonder how many of us are trapped in Costa Rica or in other countries without any means of going home. I wonder how others are holding up. I wonder how they manage to rein in those dreadful, destructive thoughts. 

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