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... even a car from one of U2's tours.
Walking back to our hotel we missed a turn, probably because we couldn't cross the street, and we ended up at another mall. The Multiplaza Mall was huge and Maria got really excited - the main food court alone was about the size of Auckland's downtown mall (there were actually two and the second was bigger than anything in New Zealand).
David bought a few new shirts ...
... glue dried on yet another roadside tube patch job.
Around 3:00 on the fourth day, we turned off the highway where it’s just 1.4 km from the beach at Santa Rosa. We had battled a headwind in the morning on the road north to Penonome, then cruised with a strong tailwind when the road took a sharp turn south, and then steadily progressed along a fairly flat road for about 75 km. We went down the beach access road to investigate accommodation options and found a ...
... After five days spent mainly reading, writing, watching sam busk, and architecture perving in Casco Viejo, we decided to spend a couple of days in the big city. And despite all the hype about it being spectacular or horrible, it was really nothing special. It was just a city, with skyscrapers, bad traffic, and all the other bells and whistles. It wasn't amazing, but not awful either. Actually, the most interesting thing to happen there, was that we shared a hostel with ...
... cold cerveza among the locals and blaring music. That was pretty fun and very needed.
Panama City has some lovely views and green areas. It's easy to get around, too. I don't want Manuel, Wicked Witch and some other minor characters to taint your impression. But it's also a large city, and cities tend to be different. Besides Barcelona, my favorite places in my travels are usually not the big cities, but the ...
Isla Bastimentos, one of the islands in Boca del Toro on the Caribbean, was great fun. We hiked through jungle to white sand beaches, spotted jumping dolphins, snorkelled, swam and enjoyed a couple of long dives. Visibility wasn't great but we still saw plenty of amazing coloured coral, fish and a ferry wreck. We had some delicious, very fresh lobster and fish and had to try the mild Caribbean curry sauce and fried plantain- both wonderful! ...
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