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17 July 2007
Adios, PSE, and on to La Fortuna!
A travel day. They´re always a bit stressful, having to do the whole packing dance (oh, how I HATE packing!), and schlepping your stuff into some random vehicle, and not knowing exactly where you´re going to wind up sleeping that night. Even with the pre-arranged "Jeep-Boat-Jeep" ride in this case, it was still a tiring day.

Plus, having to say goodbye to Pensión Santa Elena was a bit sad. You never forget your first, and I suspect this hostel will have spoiled me for all future ones. But we´ll see.

ferry across Lake ArenĂ¡lThe Jeep-Boat-Jeep trip is a convenient way to get from Monteverde to La Fortuna, and takes about three or four hours where the public bus would take at least triple that. You actually take a tourist minivan on either side of the lake, not a jeep, but let´s not split hairs. The ride across Lake Arenál, with the volcano looming in the distance, is quite beautiful, even moreso when mysterious clouds cover the volcano´s cone.

We had them drop us off at Gringo Pete´s, a festive purple building just off the main drag in La Fortuna. It seemed nice enough -- and you just can´t beat $3 a night! -- but the vibe seemed a little... off... Anyway, we trekked down to the grocery store, determined to make use of the grill in the backyard of the hostel. And what an adventure that was! Some German dude helped us move the grill (away from his laundry, oh ye of little faith) and helped us stack the huge chunks of charcoal in the correct teepee formation. After some coaxing, and the use of some funky little starter bricks called "Chispa!" we got the coals to catch. Fire! Fire! Fire! The burgers (precooked frozen patties, sadly, were all we could find) turned out pretty well, even with processed cheesefood slices. The corn was an utter failure, but hey, nobody´s perfect.
Julia hefts a giant bag of charcoal that is approximately the same size she is Chispa! fire!fire!fire! Julia works the grill grrrrrrrreat success!


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