Last Day in Portobelo

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Dec 22, 2011

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Flag of Panama  , Colón,
Monday, October 10, 2011

Panadaria freak struck again this morning.   Where the hell is his boat and why isn't he on it heading for his next life altering phase in Colombia?  What is it with oracles in their early 20s who thing they have all the sage advice?   Now if he was as old as yoda, maybe I’d be more inclined to listen and maybe learn.   His pearls of wisdom are kept in a tiny spiral notebook he shows anyone within 3 feet.

If I knew how to phone in an order trust me, I would to avoid him.  I went to buy my egg and mozzarella and there he was.   He got excited when he cornered me.  OK, I give up.   Tell me what you learned overnight, Please.    The loose translation from German is something like "We can’t learn things that we think we already know."   Yes, it’s abstract and I would rather burn my brain cells drinking a beer than analyzing his wisdom.   Thank you panadaria nut.  If you have a point to make, use syntax I can understand when I am hungry rather than dispensing half baked loaves of knowledge while stalking the town bakery!

The trip to Sapzurro, Colombia via the San Blas Islands is firmed up and 12 of us depart in the morning for three days of beach, camping, snorkeling, and island hopping.   With no clue how I was going to fill this last day in Portobelo, one of the guys on the boat trip asked if I wanted to climb the mountain above town.   Not really looking forward to baking in the jungle I reluctantly said yes and off we set with no idea of what we'd find.   A very narrow and steep path led us up the mountain, and about the only thing stirring were flies buzzing around my sweaty head.   Not even the slightest breeze broke up the thick air.

After about 30 minutes of looking at steep muddy jungle I wondered why I agreed to this.   A beautiful grassy meadow answered that question as soon as we popped out of the forest.  The temperature dropped, a nice 30mph wind was blowing and the views across the mountains on one side and the Atlantic on the other were amazing.  Sometimes it pays to just keep pressing on even though we don't know where the trail is going.   See...isn't that easier to understand better advice than Panadaria Nut could ever dispense?  I sat on a fallen tree for an hour and took in the view, felt that great breeze and didn't have a care in the world.

Somewhere up on that mountain my digital camera decided to take a dump, and I needed a replacement quick for the San Blas Islands and rest of this trip.  Luckily the boat's captain needed to do shopping in Colon at 4 Arcos Shopping Center so I tagged along.   We stopped by an electronics shop downtown offering amazing prices that put WalMart to shame.   With a duty free zone and low taxes, Colon is a great place to negotiate a good price on just about anything if one dares to venture in.   Yes, I survived a quick trip into the ass of Panama without incident and I can report the city is quite sketchy.   Though the main street wasn't as bad as I thought it would look, I could definitely detect a seedy underbelly and the side streets were absolute slums.    But in all honesty I would rather walk around the main street here than even come close to the projects back home.   

This boat ride will take us along the San Blas islands with some camping on an uninhabited island and many stops elsewhere in Kuna indian territory.   Obviously I won't have internet for three or four days but I will update this with separate entries for each day once I am again connected to the outside world.   At a minimum use the below link to see where I am as the GPS link will be able to follow me along this beautiful strech of sand and water.

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