Preparing for a new Continent!
Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
111Trip End Jun 23, 2009
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Where I stayed
Voyager International Hostel
After a 23 hour day, I was not in the mood to do much of anything the next day
The next day I went on a little walk... well, it actually was about a hour and a half walk, down to Panama Viejo. It is where the first settlement of Panama was located. However, it was all burned down by pirates and moved to another peninsula across the bay. I ran into another girl from the Hostel named Tameryn and we walked around the site together looking like we were on a school trip... we both had one about the same outfit. It was pretty funny and we got a kick out of it, but I did feel kind of silly. After doing a bit of shopping, we rode back to the hostel in one of Panama Cities famous Diablo Rojo (red Devil) buses. They are old U.S. School buses painted even more crazy than the Guatemalan Chicken Buses and inside them it is even more crazy
The next day, Sunday, everything was closed, so I spent the day just hanging out. Panama City is so hot we spent the afternoon at the movie theater watching Basic Instinct 2 (yes, they made a second one). It was one of the only films in English, and wasn't that bad... at least it was worth the $2 I spent to sit in Air Conditioning all afternoon.
Monday was a busy day... I shipped home about 5 kilos of gifts and souvenirs that I had been carrying for about 2 months. My pack was so much lighter! I also found out that Luis (Jose's brother-in-law) had received my package and would be getting it to me later that afternoon. Which meant I was able to book my flight to Colombia. When I went to book it, I had expected to have to buy an onward ticket out of Colombia (because two other guys at my hostel had too), but they said since I had proof that I was flying out of Chile, that was good enough. But the other guys also had other flights out of other countries and still had to buy a return ticket..
Tuesday I finished up all my running around and in the afternoon I headed out to Casco Viejo with Jerome and Bunny. Bunny is the sweetest little old lady who still travels on the cheap. She is in her early 70's and has been traveling for 15 years and has been to over 120 countries. Two of her kids work for the airlines so she gets free flights and then just stays at hostels and rides busses. She was super sweet and full of life and adventure. She reminded me a lot of my sweet little Grandma... so I just had to spend the day with her. We rode the Diablo Rojo out toward Casco Viejo, which is the second oldest area of Panama City
The next morning while I read in bed, the weird cleaner guy came in our room again while people were sleeping, just to have a look. That was enough! I went out there and told him off in Spanish. I basically said, "You no enter the girls room in the morning when girls are sleeping with no clothes on (they were sleeping in their under ware). It is not okay and he can't do it". There was a lot of finger shaking and pointing at the room. I think he got the point and I was so proud of my self! My Spanish is still not to good, but I can tell someone off in another language! Yeah, for me! After saying good bye to Jerome I mailed some postcards and worked on the internet. I then met Adam for dinner at this Indian place he found. It was so good I decided to head back there again later that night with a Canadian guy. Adam joined us later and I spent my last night in Central America eating Indian food and smoking a melon flavored hookah. It was such a fun and relaxing evening.