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Flight home today back to the states. 4am wake up call, not bad. Arrival at the airport to find out there is a departure tax of $26 per person that needs to be paid before checking in for your ticket . . . What? There's a surprise. Come to find out the construction of the airport and ownership is from a US businessman. So to pay it off, all international flights have this departure tax to help pay for the costs. Make sense now, at first I thought it was a government thing in which I didn't know why the tax wasn't already included.
The flight back went very smooth. We also had some excellent views out the window. We saw Arenal Volcano (a great send off) and flying over the coast of Central America we got a great view of what I assume to be the Belize Barrier Reef.
Arriving in Miami was a good feeling, we are back in the states. As much as I love traveling and experiencing new cultures and countries, there is always a good feeling returning to your home country, and even more returning to your own home. And there was a big difference. Some things you don't really notice until you get home, such as security. Going through customs there was a family video taping all excited to be in the US when security approached them, took their camera and erased what they were filming. Wow, big difference. Yes we have reason for higher security in the US, but it was a quick reminder of the cultural difference. I could not imagine getting the same reaction if I was filming the other day at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border. But such is life in the states. Welcome back.