Monthly Newsletter: 17 September 2021

OMG! It finally happened. I was in a foreign country and something bad happened. It is called Covid. As you may already know if you travel to Costa Rica the US government requires you to take a Covid test within 72 hours of your departure. I have done this 5 times previously this year with no concern. After all, I was double vaccinated in January and February of 2021. The plan was to fly out on Friday, so I got tested on Wednesday. Surprise! I failed, well actually I got a “positive” on my test. I was a little under the weather with symptoms that seemed to be a sinus infection. Hey who knows? Maybe I had a sinus and a Covid infection at the same time? Anyway, things changed quickly, and I found myself quarantined in a hotel room for 10 days.

The bad news is that I am stuck in a hotel room for 10 more days, the really good news is that I am isolated and not spreading the virus to others, especially friends and family (also strangers in the airports and on my plane). The bad news is that I cannot go out of my room for anything. Fortunately, the hotel is taking my orders and bringing the food to me. I have had Costa Rican friends help out as well. I got a gift of Cocoanut Flan (my favorite) and a bouquet of flowers from a friend/hotel staff member. Another friend dropped of some Gatorade, Coke Zero, and a bag of chips. I was given a ride to the Dr.’s office where I got an IV and 3 prescriptions. The people here are the best! Now I am waiting it out. I am resting and drinking lots of fluids while I catch up on things that had been relegated to the back of my to do list.

My room has a balcony so I spend time every day out there and I can hear people as they come and go from the hotel. The first day of my quarantine was the worst. I felt a bit scared (Covid) and felt very abandoned and alone. I allowed myself some time to have a pity party and then I decided it was time to make the best of it. I am focused on getting healthy while I attend to things that got ignored when I was well. I often say that there is no adventure without adversity and now I find myself on a unique “self” adventure. My heart goes out to all of you who have been affected by this pandemic, especially to those (like my wife’s family) who have lost a loved one to it. I have much to be grateful for and I appreciate being her now. I love what has happened to me. It is but an inconvenience, yet it has and will teach me many important lessons.

Yours in Adventure,
Zane Greathouse
Zaney Travel’s #1 Travel Leader