Are you really talking about pooh?

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Trees and a rainbow

We got the jeep-boat-jeep on a misty rainy morning from La Fortuna to Monteverde. The first jeep was a crap minibus, hardly the 4-wheel drive we were expecting. The boat ride took us across the beautiful lake at the base of Volcan Arenal , although the wildlife-enriched banks of the river, the stunning surroundings and the Volcano itself were not very helpfully hidden by a thick fog, so we spent the hour crossing earwigging to some loud yank running on to whoever would listen about how he used to be a super-cool drug dealer and going to prison turned his life around. Oh, and how he `found music` and his tattoos told his life story. His 4 kids were travelling with him, how proud they must be.  

Once across the river our second jeep met us (yep another crap ancient minibus).

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This journey was along a very windy bumpy dirt track that a jeep would have been much better at handling. The scenery was stunning though, very green and hilly, a bit like the Yorkshire Dales really. But without sheep. We managed somehow to get into the same minibus as said lets-boast-about-being-a-drug-dealer and sprogs, plus an American couple. The 3 hour drive along steep up and downhill rocky roads that allowed us to travel at 5 miles an hour was soon made even more miserable as we soon learned that the female half of the American couple just loves kids and proceeded to sing all the kindergarten songs she could think of with the music-saved-my-life dude`s offspring. We even had the songs that are accompanied by hand clapping.
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Joy. As I started to rub my temples, the songs ran out so they then started running through lists of favourite things. We had favourite animals, favourite TV programmes, favourite school subjects, favourite jobs when we grow up, and best of all - colours. Not only was it favourite colours, but favourite shade colours, favourite colours of clothes, favourite colours of cars and favourite magic colours (oh yes they are all different) but the woman who took on these kids as a kind of unpaid entertainment nanny topped the lot by informing us all that her favourite colour is brown. According to her the colour of, and I quote, ┬┤poop┬┤ is a lovely colour brown. Not the smell, of course, but the colour is gorgeous. Oh yes she did indeed discuss the wonderful colour of poop with an 8-year-old who was more stunned than us.
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Then the hand-clapping songs started all over again.

We arrived in Monteverde and checked in to a little hostel on the hill. We were slightly puzzled by the sight of a duvet on the bed but soon learned it gets cold in monteverde. We got a lift to the forest and took a trek through a part of the cloud forest. Late in the day, there was no-one around and we had the place to ourselves. Even so, we saw pretty much bugger all wildlife, except a coati (bushy tailed mammal thing) and a few birds. Whoohoo. As we walked back to town the skies turned very dark and threatening. Just as we got to a snake zoo the rain started to chuck down so we ducked into the snake place to check it out. Basically a load of poor buggers trapped in a crap glass fronted cage looking very bored. We did however get to see some of the dozen or so poisonous snakes that roam central america, a few of which are quite nasty. The general message from these guys was to kiss ones arse goodbye should one encouter such a snake.

On way back to hostel, found $40 on the road (yay!) and then spent the night in our wood panelled room with the gale force winds and lashing rain hammering against the sides.

annadean says:
Great read !!
I mean ! once we were all kids ! BUT! heck!! this is so funny & honest! food for thought for my future travels
!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2007
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