Some like it hot

Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Friday, February 10, 2006

But I sure donīt

Yesterday, we travelled from mountainous Boquete, back through David, and over the mountains to the Carribean side of Panama. The ride was gorgeous, though it made andrew a bit nauseated. The roads are amazingly steep, so much so that our van-bus had airbrakes going most of the time, or was in 1st gear.

We took a boat from the town of almirante (oh my god what a dismal town, in the middle of Chiquita Banana loading dock and Chiquita banana boat, a REALLY big ship) to the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. We spent the night at Sea View Hospadaje on Isla Bastimentos. The hotel was pretty primitive, but very very cool. Literally built over the water on pilings, we slept to the sound of waves lapping at the shore beneath us. Our room was pretty small, with room enough only for 2 twin beds shoved together. The plastic casing on the mattresses did not really lead to a pleasant sleep. A bit sweaty. The hotel also had a shared kitchen, but the real draw was a bunch of hammocks on the dock itself, where we watched the sun set with the aid of a couple cervesas.

The island itself was a little overwhelming for us. There is no road, only a wide cement path winding between houses. It was very crowded and confusing, and not very relaxing to navigate around. We decided to head back to the main island in the morning (today), nasty Americans that we are. It seems to be fairly crowded here in the town of Bocas del Toro, and it took us awhile to find a room. For all the hype, we havenīt found it to be especially amusing, except that Andrew found a barbeque place that he wants to marry.

Andrew forgot his flip flops at home in Idaho, and we spent a fair amount of time today looking for some big enough for him. We found some marginally large enough ones that look a little doofy, but he thinks theyīll work. He says his flip flops at home were "too nice" to bring here.

We have discovered that we need a card reader in order to put up photos (our camera requires special software). We havenīt found one yet, but are on the lookout, and hope to have them up within a week or so. Keep checking back. Andrew is especially fond of one of him in front of a gun shop in Panama City with a large handpainted, illustrated menu of items available.
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