Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
85Trip End Jan 25, 2014
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After leaving Bocas and my Raleigh companions, I bussed across Panama to the city of David on my first solo journey since June. David is very much a stopover for most travellers, on their way between Panama City and San Jose, or to the nearby highlands of Chiriquí. I however had booked a detox programme over six days with the lovely Diwa and to make the most of it a stay in Hostel Bambu which came complete with a beautiful garden, pool and the very neccessary aircon.
It may seem a little odd to feel the need to detox, after ten alcohol free weeks
A typical breakfast was a pink drink made from papaya and wheatgrass or almonds. Lunch was usually a thick green energy soup made with different sprouts, local organic greens and avocadoes. And dinner consisted of a generous fresh mixed sprouted salad, accompanied by protein rich goodies like fermented nut/seed cheese and a veggie kraut side. Topped off with amazingly tasty dehydrated bread (I'm after the recipe and a dehydrator!), I felt very well nourished and exceedingly healthy.
Whilst there and at the recommendation of Diwa, I visited a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in Barriles, near Volcán
On the site they've found ceramics, sculptures, bronzes, petroglyphs, house foundations and large magnetic stones from a civilisations dating from hundreds of years BC, through to a volcanic eruption thought to be around 1400 AD. Here too is a magnetic source, so strong that it apparently makes the river, which snakes through the property, run the wrong way. After living in the national park of Guayabo with it's own national archaeological site and the care and expense that's taken to preserve it, it seems like madness that the many artefacts here are stored in an unlocked outhouse and the local hydroelectrical damn work unearthed (and destroyed) many more. Amazing though too, that sites like this may exist the world over - there's still more to explore!
So a week after I arrived in David, I feel lighter, brighter and ready for the next phase of my trip. With the accidental provision of 900 days on my latest Costa Rica visa and the subsequent void and additional stamp, my passport now has only just enough pages to get me through the rest of Central America. When travelling, a familiar place feels like home, so it's good to be back in San Jose and with exactly four months left until my flight home, I'm excited to be back on the backpacker trail once more...
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