We've been BOCATIZED
Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
33Trip End Mar 01, 2012
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beached. danced. painted the town red.
fact. Bocas del Toro is the name of the archipelago islands off of Panama’s north east coast. arriving on the dock where we were to catch the taxi boat to take us from mainland to the isle de Colon, we were greeted by that HOT AIR and SUNSHINE which had deserted us at Lost and Found. we eagerly greeted it back!
stepping on to the boat over CLEAR
pulling up to Bocas you are overwhelmed with taxi drivers, tour guides and hotel promoters. hola. buena. si, yo soy de Estadios Unidos de America. the entire time you’re playing the dog and pony show, trying to get your packs out of their hands, onto your back and out into the street while being polite but direct that the information is appreciated but not needed at this time. it’s an art that we are still trying to perfect.
the small streets are busy with Panamanians and backpackers selling you tours, arts, trinkets, foods, promoting the theme of the night at a specific dance club. beach cruisers weaving in and out of long boarders and honking cars. we arrived at our hostel alive. and our pockets FULL of advertisements
it took all of thirty minutes to explore the island by foot. take WAY TOO many pictures. AND find ourselves at a free wifi restaurant on the water, sipping pina coladas and checking in with our peeps back at home. looking out at the Caribbean as the sun went down and the sky turned a scale of pinks to reds, we seriously had to PINCH ourselves. yep, its REAL.
we spent six days in Bocas. could have easily spent another six. rented beach cruisers and biked around. watched locals play street baseball. island hopped to check out all the beaches. observed sea life. wiggled the nights away. night swimming in the bars is very common since they are all built on or over the ocean and you bet we weren’t the least bit shy about joining in.
Bocas is easily a destination that i would recommend to anyone. ONLY im not sure how easily accessible it is. we were sad to leave and have most definitely been BOCATIZED!
-local beers are Balboa, Atlas or Panama
- i watched a shoulder race. four boys, couldn't be more than ten years old, got on one anothers' shoulders and raced eight feet across the beach. TOO FUNNY and glad i didn't miss it!
-the Yankees played the Mariners while we were in Bocas and it was televised. Scotty watched a game in a vendors street tent with a few of the local Panamanian men. he of course was the only one rooting for the Mariners and they felt sorry for him. ha!
-10,000. during our bartending, we were introduced to dice game called ten thousand. WE ARE HOOKED. i’ll do my best to explain it…
five dice. rolling a one or a five is how you score. rolling a one is worth 100. rolling a five is worth 50. On your first turn, roll all five dice together. add up your score by totaling all the ones and fives rolled and save them off to the side. roll again the remaining dice or choose to stay with your current score. AS LONG AS YOU KEEP rolling either a one or a five you can keep rolling
-first roll you get a 5, 5, 1, 2, 4. keep the 5, 5, 1 roll the 2, 4. current score is 200
-second roll you get 6, 1. keep the 1 roll the 6. current score is 300
-third roll you get a 5. keep the 5 roll ALL five dice again. current score is 350
-fourth roll, you get 4, 4, 4, 2, 2. keep the 4, 4, 4 roll the 2, 2. current score is 750
-fifth roll, you get 6, 4. lose all points, pass the dice to next person. current score is 0.
-NOW had you decided to STOP on your fourth roll, your cumulative score would be 750 and you would add your next rolls score to it. GET IT?!