Change of perspective

November 02, 2009 By: dcgrrl Category: eco, tourism

There is nothing like a vacation to change your point of view.

Zoni BeachI spent last week on Culebra, Puerto Rico, an island of approximately 2,500 people, and it was off season. So there were not a lot of tourists around, and that was just fine with me.

Culebra is not what I’d call a posh sorta place. It’s great for eco-tourism. Lots of untouched beaches. Plenty of opportunity for snorkeling and scuba. It’s a perfect place to go sailing. You can even do a fair bit of hiking.

Things you will not find on Culebra:

  • McDonald’s
  • WalMart
  • CVS
  • Starbucks
  • movie theater
  • 7-11
  • Four Seasons
  • Target

It took me a couple of days to get used to “island time,” as my friend Steve, who lives there, calls it. They get up with the roosters there, and everyone has a couple of jobs. But nothing gets done urgently.

So we could decide to go snorkeling in the morning, and the exact time of that was variable. It was ‘after breakfast,’ and we might go to the store, or two, on the way, depending on what needed picking up. You go with the flow.

It makes me stop and think, with all the beautiful places and wonderful people in the world, what am I so stressed out about?

I’m worried about the downfall of newspapers when Culebra has a monthly newsletter?

I’m worried about healthcare when there’s one clinic on the island?

I’m worried about Metro prices when there’s one lane to get two Jeeps past each other on this dirt road?

Well, for now, I’m relaxed. Thanks to some time away, and a great reminder that DC is not the center of the universe. Hope you get a chance to vacation, too.

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