On Saturday we decided to venture off the island. There is only so much walking around and going in and out of gift shops one family can do! There is a bridge that everyone walks across to get to the other side of the interstate. We were told when we got here that the island is very safe but once you step foot off the island that theft and pick-pocketing are very common! We headed across with Mia in stroller and backpack double knotted and tied up. We had been told by a few other families that had gone what we might see, but until we actually walked the streets I couldn't believe it!
Snakes! Live Snakes! Dawson, as you can imagine, was fascinated! Thank goodness these were in cages. The biggest snack and scariest was a cobra. It had it's flat head up in the air. I was starting to get a little uncomfortable at this point so I started to push Mia a few yards away. Phillip even said that if they tried to get the cobra out, he was running! The man got out one of the snakes and was holding it out for Phillip and the boys to see. He pushed it up to Phillip as if saying, "please hold...it won't bite". Well Mr. Adventurous took the challenge. From a distance I zoomed the camera in for a photo opportunity. Once the head started coming towards him, he politely handed him over! We went on our way and I made everyone sanitize immediately.
What an experience! That has been one great thing about this trip...seeing how this culture differs from ours, some good and some not so good.
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