Time to start thinking about life in Central America and packing my bag. Being a frequent international traveler I like to get focused on the new culture and environment I am headed to (if known) a week or two before departure. Where I will be going it will be hot, likely rainy, humid, and the people are more relaxed than the Alaskans who are trying to prep for the onset of winter. Swimming in the cold lake and playing outside when it's below freezing is not the way to climatize my body, but there is going to be nothing like the time I left Antarctica at -40 and flew to Melbourne, Australia where it was 114. No biggy to go from 30 to 80 in less than 12 hours, I'll just be sweating a lot and need more fluids. Culture shock never really has hit me because I know that people are people, they can talk in a certain language and wearcertain symbols, but in truth you are just like me. We all need food, water, some form of shelter at times, and the sun.