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Sunday morning was the planned last leg of overland travel on this trip.
And I very nearly didn't make it.
I'm not sure what happened, but the plan was to try and set off early, so I had pencilled in the 6.45am bus from Boquete to David and then hoped to catch another for Panama City. I woke up with a start at 6.20am, realised I was late and then had that thought that maybe I would just lie on for a while and take a later bus. However I quickly decided it ...
... the smell. It was really hot out and we continued walking until we got to the old town. I felt like I could take a deep breath and actually relax here. It was much less chaotic! We stopped and got a local ice drink off a corner stand. It was definitely unique... ice, passionfruit, milk powder and condensed milk...but we had to try it! We enjoyed the quaint streets and then when it seemed like a huge group of cruise ship passengers joined the streets we found ...
... best Chicken Parma ever, amazing red wine (Malbec), great chats, lots of giggles, back to the hotel, 5am wake up call tomorrow.
*WARNING* the top 5 you are about to read is very corny, but needed to be added into the mix
1. That feeling you get when you see someone you love that you haven't seen in a long time
2. Hugs and kisses at the airport
3. Exploring Panama City
4. Conversations over an amazing dinner
5. Waking up to the one I love
... a place to leave our stuff and sleep but what we got was one of the best hostels we had been at with the coolest staff (a few fingers may have been crossed at that point hoping that the airline would ask for people to give up seats and fly out at a later date). After a dip in the hostels pool we thought we might as well take in as much of Panama City that night before we had to leave the next day. With ...
... introduced himself. Haneef, a black guy from NYC who had roots in North Panama. He'd spent a week in the 'hood, hanging out with the 'homies' (his words) here in Casco Viejo. Haneef, a barber, told us tales of the racism and rich/poor divide in the States. Hearing it all before from every other American, but this guy had charisma and we'd not met anything like this character on our adventure so far. David had completely chilled out listening to Haneefs ...