From Dorset to Liberia...
Trip Start Jul 21, 2012
12Trip End Aug 09, 2012
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Ten hours of flight were to follow. I flew with United Airlines (I had booked a Lufthanza flight but in the nature of airline alliances this seemed to have been changed) and they didn't overly impress me
On top of the lack of film and the poor dinner options, I was sat next to a Ned Flanders who insisted on calling me Maam every time I engaged in conversation with him. Most of the flight (9.75 hours of it), he played continuous Plants versus Zombies on his i-padr. He was from Texas, but is in the process of emigrating to the UK and had been to check out expensive pads in Surrey. He commented that the UK was cooler and wetter than Texas, which to me just seems to be the tip of the iceberg.
Finally I landed in Houston, Texas. By this time it was about 7pm UK time, 1pm Texas time, midday Costa Rica time) I dealt with the US customs business (although I was only transitting, I had to purchase a special ESTA on line before hand, but that seemed to have done the job)
I boarded my second flight at 5pmish Texas time and was fast asleep before the plane even took off. I don't know what the meal option was (or if indeed there was one) as I was asleep. I was sat next to a Canadian woman in her 90's who was off on a voyage with her son. After a quick flight which I largely slept through, I arrived in steamy Liberia, Costa Rica and added another passport stamp to my rapidly getting fuller passport.
I was collected by one of the owners of Hospedje Dodera ( a rather plump man with a (possibly) Canadian accent and camp mannerisms) who told me about the fiesta taking place in the town this week. I declined - beer swilling, tequila downing latinos after a 27 hour day are not my top priority. Instead I nested down in my first Central American roost and got 12 hours kip. The room was comfy enough with a nice fan and a TV (but no remote) but has the downside of being on the main road and there seems to be an ant colony crawling up the walls.