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June 11, 2008 Panama City, Panama Panama beer - $.60 McDonalds Big Mac sandwich - $2.80 After our stay on the San Blas Island we take a van from the coast to Panama City, which takes about 3 hours; partly because of the bad road and partly because of the stops we made. The van driver drops the other passengers off at Zuly's Backpackers. They have …
... we were landing in LA quite shortly. I was met at baggage by Seth, one of my oldest and dearest friends from university. He had lived in LA for sometime and I had meant to visit him. Big bear hugs, smiles, he took me right out to the Cheesecake Factory in Brentwood, went back to his pad in North Hollywood, met his cute dogs and picked up in conversation just like we had never missed a minute, even though it had been years. We took a walk in the warm evening air, so nice. Lots of talking ...
... The next day a few of us decided to go for a hike. To illustrate how expensive Costa Rica was, it cost $17 USD to even enter the local park. In central America thats like the equivalent of $50 USD. We werent paying that, so ended up hiking straight up another random mountain which was ridiculously steep but well worth it for the view of the mountains from the top. The next day it was out of Costa Rica & into Nicaragua with our new mate Ben and two other German guys we met on the ...
... them chirped up and spouted '10 dollars' (should be 3 to the centre according to the guidebook) this was the last straw and we walked off. Finding another taxi wasn't easy. The bus station, although being very big and shiny with lots of shops, has no taxi rank or any uselful info, like a tourist info desk. We eventually flag one down, but this only serves to increase our blood pressure after the idiot says ...
... the chaos, waiting for our boat to leave to Colombia, and discovered quite a lot that we liked about the city, as well as quite a lot of harsh realities that plague a place growing at the speed of light. We found a great spot in Casco Viejo and were thrown into a labyrinth of construction, with giant steel barricades blocking roadwork. Buildings range from stunning renovated mansions with high arched windows, wrap around balconies and fresh paint, little quirky cafes ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking