Blogs from Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro, Panama, Central America Caribbean - page 6


This morning I had my usual overload of espresso. It's just too good. We shared what has become our daily breakfast, the Tesoro Club & delicious banana pancakes with real maple syrup. So tasty. They also have this homemade hot sauce that is so good. I think it's made from roasted peppers & some perfect secret spices. Then we prepared ourselves for our Goonie walk. Matty insisted that we take the dogs with us, probably because they will make sure we don't miss the turnoff to La Piscina. With sneakers on our feet & 4 dogs trotting along with us, we headed out. Somehow it is already 11:30 by the time we leave, there isn't a cloud in the sky, & it is hot. Hottest part of the day & we're going to hike for hours. ... read more
Another beautiful tropical flower
La Piscina.
Us in La Piscina

Today we are taking it easy. We were going to head to Bastimientos to stay out there but from what we've heard from other guests & Matty, it doesn't sound like it can even compare to being out here. It was an easy sell actually, we love it out here & could stay a long time. Plus Matty offered to buy us dinner if we stay, so that was another easy choice. He's an excellent chef & we have eaten very very well here. I sat upstairs on the "comfy chairs" overlooking the water. We've named them the comfy chairs because they have lots of cushions & they are comfy. The kitty that lives here, Mineux, has one chair all to herself, she's almost always sitting in it, unless she's sitting next to me at the ... read more
Banana pancakes!
The wall just outside our room.
Geoff soaking up the rays at Playa Bluff.

Up early to dive. Caught cab out front & went into town for breakfast at the Pirate's Restaurant. American cheese, why? with our scrambled eggs y jamon. Went to dive shop next door, waited for awhile for them to get organized. Our DM Manuel is from Guatemala. Dive 1 @ Dolphin Rock where we saw: Eagle Ray, Lionfish, lots of Fireworms, & 6 Lobsters lined up side by side under an overhang. Funny. Not a lot of coral, with just ok visibility. 2nd site at Sachen. Amazing coral reef, beautiful. The most colorful since Belize. Pink, red, blue, purple, lavender, yellow, orange, black, fans, just amazing. We saw a RN shark in a cave who just stared at each of us as we went down to look at her, from the back of the cave we ... read more
Cabanas along the way to our dive site.
On the dive boat! My favorite place to be...
Matty in his kitchen.

**Don't forget to look at all the pics on the bottom of the blog! :) Had breakfast (open egg sandwich aka Tesoro Club) & of course a lot of espresso. Matty gives us freebies daily, like samples, today was the passionfruit smoothie & Wow! I now am in love with Passionfruit! We made a quesadilla with cheese & green onion for the Goonies walk. Went on Goonies walk. Turned off the trail early (we learned later) & walked on tide pools. There was a lot of time spent shell collecting. Lots & lots. Cloud cover but really hot. Swam in most amazing beautiful bay on the way back. Walked in flips, probably not best idea. Our feets were really really tired upon our return to Tesoro Escondido. Made it back to hotel, hot, dehydrated & starving. ... read more
Only two sets of footprints.
It doesn't get any better than this.
Geoff hanging out in the shade while Kassandra stopped to take photos.

I was up before every single person in the dorm room. Go figure. Although I was also the first person in bed. So maybe there's a correlation. I got up & had some free coffee & the got started on breakfast. We are of course having George bowls to start us off on the right foot for another decent sized travel day. Once we packed up we headed out to the bus terminal & got in line to catch our mini-bus. This bus terminal is exceptionally organized which is always appreciated. The bus bays are labeled with the names of the towns the buses are heading to. Wow! Of course, the bus we want to catch has the longest line. Shoot. The problem with lines here is that not everyone follows the rules to line waiting ... read more
Our bus to Almirante.
Wine and Cheese!!
Restaurante Rico Pollo

Not really but it applies, just wait :) Hola to all! I'm really over this project I have been doing all day so I thought it might be good to record some thoughts and experiences. While I'm a little past the half way point of this study abroad, I feel like i have been here forever and at the same time, time has flown. And it really has. Its still a strange thing having so much time to myself, so much time to think. Just me and my dog all day. I guess i kind of miss the hustle and bustle of a normal semester, but why should i? My tica mama asked me the other day if I was sad that it was just us three living in the house ( because all her children ... read more
Bocas beaches
Isla Carenero
kayaks make me yak

The excitement of the first night in Bocas Del Toro (situated on an island called Isla Colon) consisted of going to the cash machine to get some money, spending it on food in the supermarket, which I then cooked in the hostel kitchen and ate before chilling in the communal area while listening to the Reggae music blasting from the speakers. What an busy bee I am!!! When I went to bed, the music was still playing really loud and I wondered why I had been told this was a quiet option... So I didn't have the best night sleep, but the next morning I was up early to investigate boat trips around the islands. I only really wanted to stay 2 nights in Bocas, so a day trip was the best way to see as ... read more
Bocas Del Toro
Bocas Del Toro

Bocas del Toro, Panama March 7th—14th After driving back to San Jose, we spent two nights in the Margarita’s B&B where we have stayed before (a very cute, inexpensive place where we meet the most interesting people from all over—lots of Canadians, some Americans, and Brits ), turned in our car and got a taxi to the small airport in the city. We flew on a small airplane - Nature Air airlines. If every seat on the plane were full, it would hold 21 people. We were lucky the day we flew, there was only one other passenger besides us (and the two pilots). (To get it off the ground, they first have to wind up the rubber bands that spin the two props.) It did have GPS so they could find Bocas easily. The other ... read more
San Jose from the plane
Inside of Guari Guari
Jim outside Guari Guari

It happened again...our Bocas blog got published while we were editing but not sent to anyone. Click on previous entry to see it. We're coming home today!!... read more

Sunday, February 27 (Skip) Awoke this morning to rain, not sure when it started during the night because both Barb and I had inserted earplugs. There are dogs, dogs and more dogs on this island (I'm sure also on the mainland) running loose and maintained in many households) and everyone understands what uncontrolled dogs do best!! By best guess it they are used for security in the homes. Anyways, this part of Panama is noted for the heavy rainfall and I must say this area's reputation is being upheld. As I am writing this blog sitting at the kitchen table looking out the, unscreened and no glass window, there is standing water wherever I look. Unglassed windows with shutters on the outside, for this area, makes a lot of sense, because of the hot and ... read more

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