Its all ok in the US of A

Trip Start Feb 14, 2007
Trip End Jul 2007

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The rest of our Costa Rican trip was not really that great, we seemed
to have bad luck all the time: our very own series of unfortunate
events! we thought that as a treat to ourselves we would stay in a
really nice hotel near the airport on our last night (we would have to
check in at 4am the next morning and after 3 months of travelling we
thought it seemed a good idea). so i did some internet research and
looked at some of the options and booked us into the clarion hotel,
really nice, close to San Jose airport - perfect right? anyway the
morning that we are meant to check in we went to an internet cafe to
find out the address and I was about to write it down when we noticed
the address said 'Clarion Hotel, San Jose Airport, California, US'. I
couldnt believe it! we remained calm and went to find an alternative,
however, typically, every single hotel is fully booked because of a
medical conference and we ended up staying in a grotty B&B. it was
an incredibly stupid thing to do but in my defence i think Costa rica
was against us from the beginning!

but now we are in the states
(we spent 2 days in LA before coming north to Portland, Oregon). i
think i am a little shell shocked by the.. americaness of everything.
massive massive shops, i love the supermarkets, everything is done to
the absolute extreme. oh and a restaurant isnt a proper restaurant
unless it offers at least one 'low carb, high protein' alternative. and
everything is so clean and i think if i was to stitch together a few
squares of the loo roll i could make a duvet. we did some clothes
washing in LA with fabric softener and i had forgotten that clothes
could feel so soft! luxury

we are staying here with Gabbie's
cousin Peter and his wife Lynda. we are staying in their floating home,
which isnt to be confused with a boat house or a house boat. its very
nice and they are very nice and i am so glad to be in america!

mum arrives tomorrow which is very exciting, I feel quite jealous
really but I have my mum's credit card which i reckon must be the next
best thing.
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