How to spend 12 hours in Panama City
Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
55Trip End Jan 06, 2010
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we arrived in sticky Panama after two hour and a half flights, one from Quito to Bogota, and one from Bogota to here... food on both and tv, music and games, like long distance planes... We spent half an hour looknig for the bus stop, and trying not to hit the annoying taxi man who would not leave us alone, despite my constant politeness, turning to being quite rude...
We jumped on a chicken bus, depositing our rucsacs at the front and got to the bus terminal, magically...! *Having seen a HUGE lizard in the airport car park! - we put our bags in storage and bought our ticket to Bocas del Toro for the night bus... 2 nights and no bed AGAIN! We then got a local bus to the canal... spent a few hours watching ships go through the famous canal and listening to the commentary, which was really interesting actually.... and intermittently drinking soft drinks as it was so hot!
we then went to the aircon mall across the road from the bus terminal for some food, and to buy ourselves a christmas present... some speakers for the ipod... we enquired about the price and then decided to shop around even though we knew we would probably return for those... as the price was good, and then she kept dropping the price until we bought them... so a good deal!
We got the 9pm bus and met some English girls, from London, who seemed quite nice... we had hoped to sleep on the bus, it being a "night bus" but we had front seats and the driver was a) very hooter happy and b)picked up his girlfriend on the wya, and had a little party at the front of the bus, laughing, shouting etc all night!!!
We then arrived at the transit town, shareda taxi with the girls and got a boat across to the island... a really cute carbbean guy (old and cute) chatted to us the whole way across...he worked for the DA and was on his way to work... and that is how to spend 12 hours in Panama... without actually going into the city of Panama!