Panama's just a canal...isn't it?

Trip Start Jun 05, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, December 11, 2006

The gang Ive got myself involved with arrived here in Bocas del Toro (on the Caribbean coast), Panama from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica last night after a rugged and painful journey of 1 1/2 hours to the border at Sixaola with some American guys surf-board sticking in the wrong place of my anatomy, but that's central American buses, always room for one more! So back to the good olde green-back for some Panamanian fun for the next few days. It all started with a strange border crossing between the two countries, consisting of walking across an old rail bridge with old loose moving wooden planks (remined me of the movie 'Bridge on the River Kwai', but wrong country hey) that used to transport the trains that brought Bananas to the coastal shipping ports from the plantations.  After much negociation after entering Panamwe eventually got lifts to the point where lanchas leave for the Bocas del Toro and the surrounding islands and was well worth it as the boat sped at full throttle down tiny river canals with lush mangrove on each side and out to the open sea towards the islands. So off with the gear in the hotel and out to try the local brew, abtly named 'Panama' for some reason, which, as all beer is, is pretty tasty and hit the local original night spot, original as it included an illuminated pool with a shallow wreck that sunk out the back onto the bay. Two of the group decided to head home at about 11pm..the party animals, so I was left with Safi and another girl to enjoy a few cheeky ones and a few dances, although the atmosphere was touching Tiger Tiger / Voodoo Lounge with all the gringos floating about.
So today we got up for a boat tour around the Islands, and saw dolphins and went to a tropical Paradise, not going to say any more..just check out the pictures when I put them up. And seriously, I knew Panama had more to offer than just a Canal, but this was over and above expectations, and considering I was going to miss it out and head straight for the city...happy days!
In the morning Im off on a 12 hour bus journey to Panama City to take a look at the 'big ditch', the Panama Canal.
M ;)
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