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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Chiriquí February 12th 2013

BOQUETE: Yesterday Nico, a tour guide at the L&F, took us to the Caldera River and hot springs. He's lived in Panama for over six years, starting out in the Peace Core, and owns his own car. I was so excited to take something other than a cramped bus; at least until he crowded 4 of us in the back seat of his small Hyundai Sedan! It was a cozy hour and a half ride to say the least. The first place he took us was to the ancient petroglyphs, carved in lava rock. The locals that preserve the sight chalk in the carvings so they definitely don't look thousands of years old. Legend has it that the drawings are actually a treasure map that leads to gold buried with a very powerful chief. There are ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama February 11th 2013

Adventures in bus travel: Sitting on the bus from David, waiting for them to pack it to the brim, reminds me of a scene out of a comedy. There are about seven babies aboard, and about eight people yelling in Spanish on their cell phones simultaneously. These bus rides are not for the claustrophobic. Even I feel like the walls are closing is as they cram every last inch with people, even resorting to sitting on buckets or standing in front of the doors. The aisles have disappeared; not that they were more than a foot across to begin with. The interesting thing is the majority of the people in Panama are moderately overweight, or have a few kids on their hips. This country is all about procreating! Even when I get sat next to an ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá February 11th 2013

Well we have been in our "not so little condo" by the sea since January 29th when we rolled down the highway from David. It is a far cry from the other places we've been staying in as it has a full kitchen with hot and cold water, 2 full bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and 2 balconies over looking the Pacific Ocean and a peek-a-boo view of the pool. We are on the forth floor. It even has a washer and dryer! We pay about $33.00 per night which is cheaper than the hostels we were staying at. The area we live has a mix of apartment towers, estates, middle class residential homes and private clubs. A dirt road below our window heads directly to the beach with a private club between us and the beach. When ... read more
It's a tough life I tell  ya!
Gettin my tan on....
Ian's stir fry

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Colón February 11th 2013

We arranged to couch surf with a Slovakian guy who lived on the Caribbean coast so we headed to the bus terminal to catch a bus to Colon. Once in Colon we had to wait an hour or so for a chicken bus to Daniel's house. There was a big line, I chatted with a local a bit which paid off when we got on the bus. It was like a Walmart stampede on black Friday, people pushing shoving and running to the bus. We didn't have a chance because we had our packs on and our hands were full of groceries as there wasn't a store near Daniel's place so we had to bring food with us. We couldn't hardly walk on the bus, the guy I had chatted with saved us a seat but ... read more


So we were looking for some balance in Panama...and after experiencing modernity of the capital, mild climate of the cloud forest and hills we were finally headed towards the coast. We did not expect much. In fact we were not even very excited. We thought Bocas del Toro will be well too touristy for us, too modern and too overcrowded. However, we wanted to be on the beach for a while and it was the best choice around. So far Panama had been very pleasant and we did not encounter any tourism-related problems i.e. scams, overcharging, theft etc. But the moment we got off the bus in the port town of Almirante we noticed different behaviour towards us. Suddenly the taxi driver wanted 5$ for a silly 1km journey and would not let go and follow ... read more
ahhh I missed this so much
we were here
unexpected

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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City February 6th 2013

It was another early morning bus for us on February 6th. When we got to our connecting city we rushed to the other bus station where we caught a bus heading to the border just in time. We were not able to sit together but I was just glad we didn't have to wait hours for a bus. We did however not have time for a meal and just got a drink and bag of chips. Once the bus started to clear out I moved back to where Dan was sitting, he was talking to some locals who spoke some English. They were trying to get to Panama for a soccer game. We all got off the bus together but they were just trying to go to the border and we knew we needed an exit ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Panama » Chiriquí February 4th 2013

Monkey business! We spent 3 nights in a hostel in the 3 rd largest city in Panama called David. pronounced Daveed. So our time there was brief, which will explain the brief blog......but I have to speak about the monkeys there. I had no idea the yard was full of pets and when we unloaded the taxi and dragged our luggage into the secured yard, you could imagine my surprise when I turned around and saw this little white head dancing around in front of me trying to get our attention! It was love at first sight, well at least on this end it was.....Pancha the white faced baby monkey was not to sure of me and played shy. Rosie, the lady who feeds all the critters every day, walked up to him and he leapt ... read more
Pancha
Pancha
My new friend

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Chiriquí February 4th 2013

The Epidemic: A few nights ago a bug broke out in the guest dorm, and since there's only one dorm that everyone shares at least 6 people have caught it. Even though it only lasts for about six hours, the victims are subjected to violent vomiting and diarrhea. Kevin was one of the unlucky few who got sick and he compared it to taking ex lax and epicack. Lovely visual. So far we've only seen it strike at night. I've had so much anxiety about catching it because it looks really painful, and it's so inconvenient getting to the bathrooms in a hurry. I even went to the extent of eating three raw garlic cloves to boost my immunity. I made Kevin a broth of onion, garlic and ginger because I know it's hard to digest ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá February 3rd 2013

Panama City & Boquete We all have been there … with too many ideas and places to see and not enough time to realize it all. Usually it is a position in which all short-term travelers find themselves, however sometimes even long timers as us have to face the same. Then how to find the right balance and make the trip worthwhile? How to choose in order to feel no regret? With those questions in our mind we landed in Panama City to begin our Central America leg of RTW. We had no clue as what to do next but we just decided to let it be. It had happened before that people we had met and things we had read altered our way so we knew that eventually we would get 'inspired'. Just in case ... read more
The Old Town in PC
beautiful
happy worker

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City January 30th 2013

So it's been quite a while, figure it's time for an update. Sorry about the long time between blogs but... I really hate writing them up. It has been a fun seven weeks though so I'll try and hit the main highlights here. After leaving Mexico City (no traffic issues this time), Max and I headed in a general south direction, through some volcano country and sugar cane fields. In Huajuapan, we spent an evening in a pool hall, watching the Manny Pacquiao - Juan Marquez fight Dec. 10. Marquez, a Mexican, knocked out Pacquiao out cold in the last seconds of the sixth round and the bar, town, and probably entire country, went nuts. Crossing over the mountains to the Carribean side again, one of my headlights blew out so I started driving with the ... read more
Last pollo asado in Mexico... it was a good one.
Tikal, highest temple in Central America.
View from Temple IV at Tikal.




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