Viva la Independencia!
Trip Start Oct 16, 2013
24Trip End Mar 09, 2013
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Bocas del Toro -> Almirante -> Changuinola -> David -> Boquete
We headed off to get the water taxi and were soon back on the mainland. We got a taxi to the bus station in Changuinola. This was definately the strangest one yet as the luggage was strapped to the roof because there was no space inside the bus, the driver was driving like a maniac, the conductor kept moving everyone (mainly the children) around at the stops as there weren't enough seats for everyone (I had 2 little boys sleeping on me most of the way), people were stealing other peoples seats when we stopped for a break, they were playing really loud local music the ENTIRE way, and like in Costa Rica the bus stops anywhere there is people
We arrived as the Independence parade was on so we had to get off the bus and walk the rest of the way. Again we had some problems trying to find a bed for the night because of the fiestas. We ran into a woman by chance who had dropped by the hostel she was renovating as we passed. She said we were welcome to stay there for the night if we wanted but technically they weren't open yet so it would just be us. Thankfully some other people turned up later as having a whole hostel to yourself is a bit creepy!
As it was a rainy sunday afternoon there wasn't a huge amount for us to see... we had some lunch, booked a tour of a nearby coffee plantation for tomorrow, grabbed a coffee, booked accommodation for Panama City, went for a walk by the river, tried a Panama beer, before heading back to the hostel for a supermarket dinner. I bought fruit and yoghurt and Anna had tuna and crackers. As the kitchen wasn't really usable Anna ate her tuna with her penknife and I functioned a spoon from my yoghurt lid :)
Day 19: 4 November 2013
Boquete -> David -> Panama City
On the way to the coffee plantation we got to see the Volcan Baru which had been covered in clouds since we arrived
After the tour we grabbed some lunch (stewed beef with peppers and onions and corn bread) and watched some of the parade before catching the bus back to David to go to Panama City. This was our longest journey yet (7.5 hrs :( ) but it passed quite quickly and soon we were in a taxi heading to our hostel in the Casco Viejo.