Leaving my babies, snickers cake & shit weather

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
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Trip End Sep 21, 2012


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Thursday, September 13, 2012

So showing how much I appreciate Claire I got up even earlier than usual to make her a snickers cookie cake for her birthday. I was immediately foiled in my plans by a lack of scales. I usually don't use scales but I was using half filled stuff and things in glass containers with no weights on so I literally made it up. I also didn't have any baking powder or vanilla essence. No idea how this is going to turn out. 

I headed over just after 6 to clean my section. I found out that a new baby had been bought in last night! It was a two finger and had been injured :( hopefully it's ok. Dusty didn't seem to be helping Chris in the brady section, and she's just started there and was just carrying Poko around having hugs. I was like what on earth? I felt annoyed for Chris and I honestly thought Dusty just couldn't be bothered. I then felt bad because I found out that Poko had been injured! Anyway Poko had been bitten by one of his neighbours. It was a pretty bad bite. Poor baby, he moves from the nursery to the big boy section and there's a storm and then he gets bitten :( Everyone kept blaming Franky and Priscilla and I was like hold up, they're really nice sloths and the gaps in the chain link are tiny. Personal I'm batting for Miss Vickie or Spencer on the other side as they have massive holes in the wire mesh and they can be pretty grumpy. Marcelo was on a bike ride during all of this and they were really annoyed with him. Kind of felt bad for him as he was only on a bike ride. I suppose if he's a live in vet he should he available though. They should get him a pager or something! 

The cookie cake is so far not going well. I got vanilla essence and baking powder but I had to cook it in a toaster oven, which as you've guessed it is part toaster and part oven. It basically decided that it was going to work for two minutes. Joyous. Decided to leave it to cool and come back to it later, really can't see this going well!

Went up to see Gigia and the new baby was there. She's so cute and tiny! She seems like she'll be fine but they couldn't find the mother so she'll be a permanent resident here. It's obviously not the ideal but she's in the best possible place. She doesn't have a name at the moment so I decided to call her Elizabeth for now. She kept 'mahing' (sloth attention call/cry) and trying to escape out of her box and reaching for me. I kept putting her back and she kept trying it. I found out a bit later that she managed to bite Judy, naughty! 

I headed back to the cake and managed to get the toaster oven to work every two minutes with a combination of opening it and fanning it and then cooking it for two minutes. I then discovered that it would work on the toaster setting, which is 450 fahrenheit. I needed 325. The test one/volunteer one got a but burnt on top but it tasted good! I then did the real one and it came out great!! Actual miracle. 

I then had to get everyone upstairs which proved almost more impossible than doing the cake. I told people about 10 times I needed them upstairs now so that they were up there before Claire. They kept faffing about forever. So much so that they ended up going upstairs about 5 seconds before Claire meaning that it was fairly obvious something was going on. Again: WHY DOES NO ONE LISTEN TO ME! 

The cake was an absolute success, Claire demolished 3 pieces so it must have been good! Woop! I was pretty impressed myself too, although I knew the ridiculousness I had gone through to cook it. Elizabeth was still upstairs and we were all talking and Kym kept sshing me. If you know me this is one of my pet hates. I often don't know I'm being loud as well. I knew I wasn't being loud at this point though she was just being irritating. Afterwards I said goodbye to everyone and said a technical goodbye to everyone I'll be seeing in a few days. I then went and said bye to my babies, gonna miss them so much! I already fell sad, I'm going to be miserable come the 17th. 

I went and got the bus afterwards to Puerto Viejo and trekked about trying to find Rockin' J's hostel. I hadn't even found it before I gave up and decided it was way too far out of town. I eventually found a pretty cool one right in the middle of town for like a dollar more, perfect! I was meant to be going to the beach but what a surprise, my first day off in nearly a month and it completely pisses it down. Thanks weather! I was hoping it would get better while I had lunch but no! I nearly didn't make it too lunch either as I was so hungry I thought I was going to pass out! I then found the best meal ever. Really good cheese quesadillas, they even gave me a jar of sour cream to use rather than some stingy portion and I ordered chips AND they had vinegar! Worth nearly passing out for. 

It still was miserable after lunch so I went and got a funky hair braid and then decided that I might as well go send photos/upload them. Spent at least 4 hours doing that, long!! I did however book my trip to Bocas del Toros tomorrow so I've had a pretty productive day! 

I went back to the hostel just after dark to eat as I didn't want to be out in PV on my own late at night. I've had literally the healthiest food today; 3 slices of toast-two with nutella, some snickers cookie cake, quesadillas and chips and for dinner a yogurt drink, popcorn and a cadburys bar. Mmm vitamins. 

Annoyingly I still seem to be mosquito crack here and now I also sand flies. DIE!! Bocas tomorrow!! The weather bet get good, I'm not going to an island to chill inside, in the rain!! 
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