I thought I didn’t need a vacation from my sick leave, but I see now how much more deeply I am relaxing and recuperating from the chemo here in gorgeous Costa Rica! And just enjoying! With the crashing of the ocean and the chirping of insects to lull us to sleep, the warmth of the sun and the cooling breeze keeping the temperature just right, and the beauty of the light and magnificently varied vegetation to feed my soul, I couldn’t imagine a more restorative and pleasurable experience. Each moment has been its own version of perfection. We are even blessed with kitchen staff willing to accommodate my odd dietary needs.And we have seen monkeys! Fiercely growly howler monkeys all around! They sound like King Kong in the tree tops, truly intimidating, but then they just drape themselves over a tree limb, tethered by their tails, and nap: an excellent example of how to relax! And we are delighted by the plethora of hermit crabs scurrying into their vast variety of shells on the paths at night. They are a wonder!