On a side note, we did have quite the adventure getting back home. Apparently my pre-paid minutes on my cell phone ran out. That left me with no internet to use Google Maps to get back home. Poor E thought it was his fault that the map didn’t work because he cleared it to look up something else and then it stopped working. We made it down the volcano and even to San Jose, just fine. But in San Jose, I GOT LOST! I mean LOST!!!!!!
The kids kept begging me to call Paul. I thought, “What for? How can he help me when I don’t even know where I am?” San Jose is a HUGE CITY with 2.6 million people, walking around or driving, all trying to get home the same time we were. I had no idea what to do.
I am a woman, so I finally stopped and asked for directions. Well, without a compass, how are you supposed to read a map? And how are you supposed to know what street you are on when there are no road signs of any kind? Now what?
We had been looking for a Kolbi store (our cellphone carrier here) but we never saw a store, just Kolbi signs in the windows of restaurants or pharmacies. WHAT?? How does that work? I wasn’t about to walk into a restaurant and say,”Can you help me with my phone? The minutes ran out?” Ya right, in the US we would look like idiots!
But guess what, that IS what you do here! I finally saw a grocery store (Mas x Menos) and thought I would ask someone there for help to find a Kolbi. But first I saw a row of taxis. I asked them how much it would cost for me to follow them to our home near the airport. They said . . . $30.00!
Remember, I AM CHEAP! So of course, I said NO Thank You!
But I did ask them if they knew where a Kolbi store was? The taxi driver pointed to the pharmacy two stores away. What?? Okay! I left the kids in the car alone, second time that day, and went inside. I walked in looking confused and the door guard asked me what I needed. I said, “Kolbi?” He pointed to a specific cashier. The cashier asked me for my cell number. What? I don’t know it! I don’t call it! AHH!
Well, a nice gentleman behind me (that I had apologized to a moment earlier for cutting in front of his motorcycle to get a parking space closest to the pharmacy) offered his cell phone to me. I called Paul and asked for my cell number so I could recharge my minutes. He said, “OH! I can do that online. Hold on a second.” WHAT???!!!! He could have done this all along? Now I felt like an idiot.
Had I called him, like the kids had begged me to an hour earlier, I would have been home by now. Oh well, lesson learned. PAUL KNOWS EVERYTHING! I “thought” I was being a brave woman and figuring out my problem on my own. Instead, I was wasting time and not making much progress on my own. I didn’t even know my own cell number to charge minutes to my phone.
So, while we waited for the minutes to reset on my phone, I took the kids for our #4 expectation of the day . . . ICE CREAM! They each chose what looked the best to them and ate it before we even got the GPS to work.
Once we were on our way home, E apologized again for having reset the map earlier. I told him not to worry because I was thankful I had this experience today. I had never been through something like this and now I KNOW I can do it! Also, had we not lost the map and the GPS service, we would have never stopped for ice cream. The kids all laughed and smiled. They all agreed that this was a good experience and that today had been a GREAT DAY!!