Bocas del Toro

Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

So my Spanish friends decided to come to Bocas del Toro!  It's a lovely little beach town just inside the Panamanian border, accessible only by boat.  There is an archipelago of islands and you can explore by taxi boat.  The town has such a nice vibe...lots of young travellers and the easygoing, friendly local atmosphere seems to rub off on everyone.  Every evening the locals gather in the square and play music all night long, mostly drums, but it really reminds you that you are in the Caribbean!  Anyway, we arrived after a really nice boat trip and treated ourselves to some seafood after spending a couple of hours drinking Panamas in hammocks on the local beach...and doing some Spanish lessons!  The next day we went out on a catamaran and had the most amazing day sunbathing, watching dolphins swimming and snorkeling..and of course drinking cervezas :)  The snorkeling was so nice as we were able to go into the mangroves that are growing on the reef, so you can see lots of mussels growing there.  The next day they were leaving for Corcovado and I was staying behind...I was so sad!  Solo again!  That night we had the most impressive storm that I've seen..I got stranded at the local burger joint and waited it out until the water had started to flood the place.  It wasn't going to stop so I made a run for it and a huge crab must have been thinking along the same lines as I nearly stepped on him as I was running home and he was flying towards me!  unfortunately for the Spanish though it meant that their flights were canceled so they couldn't go to Corcovado as it turned out.  Next day: school!  JLo--seriously!, was such a great teacher and I was lucky enough to be the only student in the school so I had her all to myself.  I think I learned a lot in 3 days.  And there were hummingbirds and vultures to keep me company on the walk there.  After class I went to a beach and started talking to the only other people there- 2 girls from the Netherlands.  We ended up going for a drink in the aqua lounge, a really cool bar on the water with hammocks, a swimming area complete with diving board and of course a trampoline!  Jennifer was there with Pedro from the school and her boyfriend,so already I was bumping into friends!!  I met up with the girls and their friends from the other school later on for ladies night in Iguana...I hung out with the gang from the other school all weekend and had such a great time- salsa classes, BBQ, Day trip to Bocas del Drago and Starfish beach, lots of beers in between and then a day of rest on Sunday at Wizard beach.  The water at starfish beach was so unbelievably clear and perfect for swimming as it was shallow for about 10m and then plummeted...the water at Wizard beach was like getting into a bath...even hotter than body temperature!  The only thing that I didn't get to do was dive and there are hammerheads and sea horses...but apparently they are sighted very rarely so I hope that I made the right decision.  After one week at Bocas I had to leave...very sad but I picked up 2 fellow travellers; Leanne from the Netherlands who is here for 5 weeks and Andrew from the US who just moved to Panama city and decided to skip school to come travel with us
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