By Emily Rackers
My name is Emily, and I’m a squeamish girl. If there is a bug, I will jump. If there is a snake, I will scream. Sometimes even dogs scare me. It’s an issue.
That being said, Costa Rica has presented a unique set of challenges for a squeamish girl such as myself. I mean, have you seen the wildlife down here? I’ve seen frogs bigger than cats and spiders that I could take on a walk.
- Think of everything as a scene from “A Bug’s Life.” If Disney can make bugs cute, so can you. It also helps to think of everything as part of a family. For example, there’s Don Snako taking a casual evening stroll before having dinner with his family. See? Instantly better.
- If you must scream, do it internally. It’s much less alarming to other people and also less embarrassing. I’ve found that smiling really hard muffles external screaming, if necessary.
- Closed-toed shoes and long pants are life. Sure, they’re hotter than Georgia in July… but I’ll take wildlife protection over comfort any day. That spider is a lot less scary on your pant leg than when it’s dragging it’s eight legs of hairy horror across your inner thigh.
- And in times where scat — like a praying mantis trying to casually hang out on your face — has truly hit the fan, there’s no shame in taking those close-toed shoes and running.