Adios Amigo!

Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
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Trip End Nov 13, 2009


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Where I stayed
Hotel Trotamundo

Flag of Costa Rica  , Alajuela,
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our last early travel morning together. (Cue Teddy´s sigh of relief
now.) We caught the 7 am bus to San Jose, or so we thought. We ended up
having to switch in Santa Cruz, where I almost had a hunger meltdown.
But then I went and bought these delish meat pastry things and all was
right in the world. When we were about an hour away from San Jose, I
noticed a sign for the airport, and I realized we were driving right
past the town I wanted to stay in, Alajuela. We had heard that it was
much closer to the airport and way safer than San Jose. So, I asked the
bus driver if he could let me off early, and he dropped me off at the
airport. There, Ted and I parted ways. It was very sad, but it´s been a
grand adventure, and I know he has an amazing month ahead. I took home
all his presents and some other random stuff he had bought, and he took
the advil, headlamp, money belt, and alll the pepto bismol. Haha. We
made a great team. He´s a little nervous about having to keep track of
his passport now though, so wish him luck! And tell him to keep
blogging!

I caught a bus into town where the nicest lady in the world told me
what stop to get off at and then which direction the parque central was
in. I checked out a few hostels and ended up staying at the Hotel
Trotomundo or something like that. It´s very cheery and has a kitchen
and free internet. He had me when he told me about the free breakfast,
and then I saw the cable TV in the room and it was over. Then I decided
to explore. The awesome part about not walking with Teddy is that I
kind of fit in! Well, until I talk or almost get run over by a large
bus, that is. As long as I don´t dress like a gringo (ie. trekking
pants or denim mini skirts), people pretty much don´t pay much
attention to me. (The fact that I just finished up 5 days on the beach
doesn´t hurt either.) It felt incredibly liberating to walk down the
street without having people trying to sell me stuff or ask if I needed
a taxi. I would even stare down vendors, daring them to say ¨Come in,
my friend.¨ or ¨Taxi, taxi?¨ and none of them did! It was incredible.

Wandering around the town was a real breath of fresh (well, in
actuality, dirty) air after Tamarindo. Finally, I felt like I was
seeing a little bit of the real Costa Rican life. No other gringos, a
fine central square, and lots of street food. I loved every second of
it, as well as the entire three seconds it took me to eat the most
incredible caramel churro of my life. Alajuela´s not a particularly
pretty city, but it felt friendly, and it felt lived in. Also, maybe
it´s the fact that Costa Rican women wear their hair and clothes
in a style similar to the US (much more so than in other countries),
but I found the women here pretty hot. And of all different varieties,
too - even some with lighter hair and eyes. After I was almost finished
wandering, I realized I had about $5 left and nothing to spend it on.
My hostel was covered, I had put aside money for my taxi, and I had
already bought some food for dinner. Then, angels looked down on me,
and I came across a bakery. Perfect. I spent the next 10 minutes
picking out a delightful selection of sweet and savory treats, whose
total equalled the exact change that I had in my hand. It was quite a
lot. And I have had quite a lovely night sitting in my room, watching
awful movies and making sure there are no snacks leftover that I will
have to lug on the plane with me. Check. Maybe, Teddy will update this
later from Turrialba! But if not, we will definitely be posting a blog
entry in a few days with lots of awards to give out to various
countries, as well as our conclusions about the whole trip. Hasta luego!

Hell yeah I am going to continue to write!!



Sue left me today, on a bus all by myself ... I have been dreading this day for most of our trip.  Now I actually have to read the guide book well in advance to figure out how buses actually run around here. I also have to keep track of the shampoo and various other medicines, and my passport!  Worst of all I have to write the blog now!  Just to let you guys know there are going to be some changes around here.  First of all that perfect grammar and spelling, are out the window.  But with that, you wont have to deal with abbreviations anymore. I will try to post at least twice a week, this once a day stuff has got to go.  Also I will try to revolve around photos.  Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery this afternoon so I have none.

    I am in Turrialba right now.  It is a small town in the mountains of Costa Rica, two hours in a direction from San Jose.  It is known for its rafting, tomorrow I will be rafting the Pacuare river.  Apparently the water is relatively high right now, so there should be some good thrills. Other than that, I made a few friends on the bus who spoke some Spanish to me.  And I am sitting in the cheapest Internet cafe since we have been in since Guatemala.
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