Blogs from Panama City, Panamá, Panama, Central America Caribbean - page 11


So my dad is always telling me that I must never write about partying on my travel blog because I know that my family reads it. Well, here we go, I'm going to write most of an entry about how hard I partied on my very first day in Panama! Allie and I flew out Friday night. Our first flight out of SF was delayed, but it didn't put us behind for the other flights so the trip was fairly uneventful. We both slept a decent amount which was nice and would serve us well for our first crazy day here. Kendi, Aunt Trudi and Uncle Don picked us up at the airport and took us back to the apartment that the family had rented for our time in Panama City. It was very nice. Downstairs ... read more
With Allie waiting in the airport
Cheering on Team USA
Hug a Tree

Hello to all from Balboa, Panama Costa Rica: Monday night proved to be very eventful in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Carl went off to bed nice and early and was planning on listening to the rain to fall asleep. As you might have known it is the start of their rainy season in Central America and oh man did it rain. The gravel and dirt roads outside turned into rivers and our hostel was no match for mother nature. Water poured into the kitchen and over the front threshold, also coming in from the back of the building via the bathrooms. All hands on deck, everyone picked up towels, benches and rocks to build temporary walls, and pots & pans to start bailing out the hostel. All the while, Carl slept listening to the sound of the ... read more
Important exit
Carl and Dora
Dane and Dora

Haven’t updated the blog since the fierce expedition known as the Los Quetzales trail Cerro Punta to Boquete. It was quite a traumatic for Rico but he’s just about able to talk about it now…. We said a sad farewell to Elle and Tash in Almirante. They were heading on their way back up to Costa Rica whereas we were driving on to discover more of Panama. They are continuing their journey from LA to Oz. We’ll definately be keeping in touch with them. Facebook is great. That night we made our way on Panamas brilliant bus service to David. We then got a taxi to the well publicised Purple House Hostel. I’d like to discourage anyone reading this from going there. Yes I know more than the lonely planet that’s 4 years old. Think Andrea ... read more
Yvonne in a Raincoat
Beautiful caribbean Beach

Due to a combination of my chronic malaise and infrequent wi-fi I now find myself about 4 weeks and 3 countries behind in my travel blog. This has led me to the inevitable conclusion of condensing a couple of weeks travel into one blog or risk just giving up completely (something which I would eventually regret). So, here we go! We arrived in the city of David eagerly anticipating an extraordinary stay at the infamous Purple House hostel. Lonely planet gives this place an outrageously good review but I was seriously disappointed. Stuck out in the dreary suburbs the purple monstrosity stands out like an elephant in a chicken coop. The reason it received such high praise was the reason I hated this place with a passion; the owner. She lives in the hostel and treats ... read more

It is my second to last day in Panama. I have my plane ticket to Colombia and I just heard about a boat going to Colombia. I met a guy who is going on a sailboat strait to the Galapagos , that would be amazing. I am not doing much in Panama City, I am working on my Peace Corps application mostly. The website currently says that to get placed for summer 2011 applications should be in before July 1st. There are rolling applications but if that's what they suggest that's what I'm aiming for. I am not a fan of writing resumes (I know I have old copies on other people computers, but not on mine!) or essays! Anyone want to write them for me or at least edit them? I hung out with Nico ... read more


Well finally left the carribean island of Utila. Enjoyed chilling at Rainbow Village in La Ceiba for a few days before flying to the Pacific coast of Panama. RV was a really nice place small, friendly, quiet and safe. Basically sat by the pool, read two books and drunk the odd cold beer ! Only met a few people there mainly couples except Gary and his French friend from Chigaco ( sorry can't remember her name) who were heading to Utila for some diving, including helping to teach disabled divers. No dogs following me here but I did have a 3 year old Margaret keep wanting me to for a swim and teach me the alphabet! Got to La Ceiba airport only to be told that the tower was not working so my flight cancelled. So ... read more
Large freighter at the lock
In position
Going down - 27 feet

After leaving the San Blas it was full steam ahead so to speak as far as organising our transit through the Panama Canal and onwards into the Pacific. Fortunately, the guys of Ghost were a bit ahead of us and had arranged for Stanley the Agent to meet us at Shelter Bay Marina and he was the agent we were going to use to help us organise customs and immigrations into and out of Panama as well as arranging the transit through the canal which involves having our boat measured to see how much we have to pay, the time and date of our transit, the renting of four very big ropes and 8 tyres that have been wrapped in black plastic which we use as fenders. That was pretty well organised the first afternoon we ... read more
Provisioning Panama Style
Provisioning Panama Style
At least Debs has her priorities right, packing the beer safe and sound

On Tuesday the heavens opened. It was the first rain I've had in three months and by George did it more than make up for it. It's like the rain in England when it really pours it down, and then some. It was unexpected, but still quite nice. It's rained every day since, but only for an hour or two max, but when it's not raining it's still very hot and humid. I've whizzed through Costa Rica and also most of Panama, and am now down in Panama City waiting for a boat to Colombia. San Jose I really liked - the Lonely Planet (awful book) gives it a bad rep and I think undeservedly. Admittedly there's not much to do there (the best thing we found was a cool science museum for kids that we ... read more

After a slightly traumatic exit from Cuba (which involved many people having to look at my emergency passport, the first woman I showed it to holding her hands up and making a "what the hell is this" noise, and us having to be rushed through customs by an aeroplane lady because we were in danger of missing the flight due to the aforementioned passport issues), we landed in Panama rather apprehensively, considering the problems we had in Cuba. Surely, if we had problems LEAVING a country, entering would be even worse! But fate had decided we had had enough problems, and every person we had to speak to in Panama airport was charming, friendly and welcoming: "bienvenidos a Panama!" Hooray!! We decided to make use of the duty free and buy a new camera to replace ... read more
Casco Viejo
View from Casco Viejo

Hi All, Omer and I will cooperate in this entry to tell you about the time we have spent in Panama city. Casco Viejo is the old area of Panama city - it has massive colonial style buildings, which many of them were restored in recent years and now host restaurants, bars, hotels, different souvenir shops and many stalls of handicrafts and arts - some are real constructed stalls, some are a simple sheet placed on the sidewalk and on it the articles are shown for sale. Yet, there are still many locals living in the area. We have spent the first afternoon walking in this area, enjoying the light sea breeze, the scenery and watching the different handicrafts that are gathered here from all the different areas of Panama. We have encountered many women of ... read more
"Granizo" maker
Kuna ladies dressed in their tradition customs
Panama Canal - a boat passing in the miraflores locks

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