THe glory of a story
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THe glory of a story
Headed up to the lobby early to book our Tex-Mex a la cart the the evening dinner and a taxi to take us to CoCo Beach for some shopping.
We landed in town just about lunch time, so the guys chose Pacific Lobster for lunch. It was very good food, but four of us ended up with a bill for $217 with only 2 glasses of wine on the bill. Ouch!
We continued to do a little shopping, but just like any tourist area, the constant harassment for shopping, timeshares, food...it's exhausting just continually saying no thank-you. There is no such thing as having the peace or quiet to explore, and that's a shame.
We had only allowed ourselves a couple of hours there, as we had to go on the sunset cruise we'd booked the day before.
The sunset cruise had it's good points and it's bad. We booked with Charlies. It was an older, but comfortable boat. Our host was hilarious, a lot of fun and really attentive to all of our needs. We headed across the bay to the 5 star resort at CoCo beach, and once there, our host took the little boat to pick up 6 guests who were joining us from there. Several minutes later he returned with two guests, dropped them off, then headed back to pick up 4 more people who were not ready when he arrived the first round. The young people he dropped off said that they had been told the pickup time was 4pm, I looked at my watch and it was 4:40 and there was still no sign of the little boat returning to meet us. It was very frustrating that those 4 people felt that there was no need to rush them selves to be at the requested time, but instead to put the rest of us out by requiring the boat for wait for them. Was not amused at all by that nor were any of the other passengers. When they did arrive, they stayed below while the rest of the passengers mingled on the upper deck.
Once we finally did get underway again, we were very fortunate to see several sea rays flying through the air, as well as a large group of dolphins. They weren't as close or as plentiful as they'd been on our fishing trip, but still, it was wonderful to have them join us. I was thrilled!
The other downfall to the sunset cruise is that it is timed to have you back to shore by 6:30, however, in the 15 minutes that we were back inside the eastern side of the peninsula that juts out from Papagaya, we missed the most amazing part of the setting. You could see it's fading brilliance above the mountain range between us, but oh, how amazing it must have been on the outer side. I am sure we missed witnessing a miracle!
The evening ended on a sadly sour note for us as we were joined at our table by another Canadian couple that we'd socialized with a little. I know that in every experience there is a learning, and oh how terribly strong the learning was for us with them. I have worked very hard on raising the level of my own consciousness and in turn, Cecil has been dragged along for the ride I guess. We've become people of the human race, who accept that there are good and bad among all tribes and religions. I know that everyone is on their own journey, and that the path some choose is going to be very different from the path we've chosen to take, and have come to accept differences as a blessing and a gift to our experience.
The husband was a reminder that there are those who are still so locked in the hatred and negativity of ignorance that there may never be a way to see the light beyond. It as literally mind blowing to listen to the opinions and illusions of someone who was so self-righteous and negative towards anyone who was different than him....and the hardest part was the lack of ability we had to shut him down when he began his rants. In every moment there is a blessing and a learning, and oh boy, did we learn from him. The blessing was that he is not a part of our everyday life, and we are so lucky to have the choice not to deal with people like that in our day to day. How very fortunate we are that even the most people within our circle, who do have different opinions from us, can at least respect our beliefs and perspectives when a discussion starts to head south and become strained. The learning was that when you first meet people they will show you who you are. Believe that and make a decision then not to associate again. Walk away and don't do the things you feel you should to make people feel included when they are so contradictory to what you want your life to be. We agreed to sit with them on more then one occasion because we wanted to be nice and respectful, but in retrospect I have to ask myself why I insisted on respecting someone who has no ability to respect another human being. My need to please over rode my passions and my respect for myself and my husband by putting us in that position. It will not happen again. We deserve much better company than what I subjected us to, and from here on I will ensure that those that show us early they do not warrant our time and attention do not get it. I don't know if we made a dent in his bigoted armour, but he certainly had an impact on us.
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