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Jun 25, 2008 - Bocas del Toro

So im in ocas del tores. i know in my last post i said i wouldnt get a post for here but i should have realised a Gringo haven will have broadband. so the island is full of yanks who are on their summr vaction so 10 more tourists wont make a difference. the journey here has been eventful, driving through the national park avoiding land slipped road ways and appreciating how hot panama is. we arrived yesterday and with the current trend of drinking yesterday was no exception. we went to bar aqua which is little more than a jetty that...

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Apr 19, 2008 - More Puerto Viejo

Hello Again, After our earlier entry we wanted to get some mora juice (which is raspberry juice)and we ended up at Johnny's Juice and Jerk Joint. This was an outdoor corner little joint with a barbeque on the street. The mora juice was great and the service excellent and very friendly. Then we went to the bakery Pan Pay for some pastries. Father was serving us when his appr. 8 year old daughter came by to say goodbye to him before going to school. He gave her a kiss, a pastry, and then another one when she asked for a specific one. A...

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Apr 19, 2008 - Chillin' in Puerto Viejo - NOT; It's HOT HOT HOT

Hello! Thanks Joanna for the note. No, there is no Holiday Inn here, but some very neat places to stay - but without airconditioning. Have fun with La Mancha - Pam, Sandra and I are planning on seeing it the 9th of May. We played hookey this morning. We woke up early and decided that a jungle walk would be too muddy for us delicate people!! So I went out for a morning walk and found a crab colony beside our path to the beach. We wanted some time off, enjoy the atmosphere of Puerto Viejo, and have a good leisurely breakfast! So that is...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Arrival in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Hello Everyone, Thanks Pat and Glenn for your emails. It takes too much time to respond to them individually so I do it this way. Glenn, Brian has been ¨resting¨ today on the bus to Puerto Viejo!. Pat, if you see Elaine, tell her to have a great time! We are enjoying our trip so far! This morning we woke up rather early and I had the urge to go for a walk! Well, guess what at 6.30am it is rushhour in San Jose! People start work at 7am and schools also start at 7am. Lots of people on the streets. I felt very safe that way and did not get...

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Dec 20, 2007 - Bocas del Toro

Laatste paar dagen doorgebracht in Bocas del Toro, een eilanden groep in Panama. Dus na ons een aantal dagen in de bergen verscholen gehouden te hebben, nu zon, zee en strand! Of dat hadden we gehoopt... Haha! Eerste dag was aankomstdag, dus weinig gedaan. Hadden net uren in de bus gezeten en veel verder als een douche en een rondje door het dorp zijn we niet gekomen (schandalig, ik weet het). Gisteren heerlijk ontspannen dagje. De bedoeling was om 's middags fietsen te huren en het eiland waarop we zitten te gaan verkennen. Dus niet......

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Nov 15, 2007 - The rest of Panama

oopsy daisy, Getting a bit lazy now, haven't added anything for a while. So, anywho rest of panama was as follows; a few days in some of the country towns in Panama then a few days in Bocas del torrro - another group of islands, really cool - esp the hostel which was over the water, through the floorboards you could see the green ocean, had a diving board on top of the bar, and an inflatible trampoline in the water.

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Sep 17, 2007 - Panama

Saturday we got up early and caught the bus for Sixaola, the border town with Panama. I had to run to catch the bus - after we got tickets, I'd stepped around the corner to get some breakfast and barely made it back. The ride took us up into the lowlands, through more banana plantations, and thankfully out of the worst humidity. This is going to be a long trip for me - I sweat a lot. And this day was no different. The bus was a local, which meant they played loud pop ballads and stopped often. When they stopped, the breeze stopped, and I...

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Aug 25, 2007 - PAN: Bocas del Toro

Wir fahren für zwei Nächte per Bus über die Grenze (Panama) und von dort per Schiff auf die Isla Colón (Stadt Bocas del Toro). Die Delfinerkundung, das Schnorcheln in Korallenriffen, das Sonnenbaden beim roten Froschstrand und das tanzen über Meereswasser bei Abendstimmung lassen wir uns nicht entgehen.

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Jun 9, 2007 - Mutiny without the Bounty: Surf, Sand and Sloths as the Crewmen first head to Bocas del Toros

Due to the need for engine repairs, Crewman Phil and John have been granted shore leave from Monday 4 June. They first flew from Panama to Bocas del Toro, a group of islands off the far western Panama Caribbean coast not far from the border with Costa Rica. This update locates the islands only. A full update to follow when the five day's shore leave is over.

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Jun 8, 2007 - Bocas Del Toro - Panama

Would you ever believe this but we are still in Panama. Never thought we would be spending nearly four weeks in Panama but that has happened. Dear old Isabella's engine has finally been pulled apart after no compression in number 4 cylinder. Burnt out valve, so all valves now being replaced and head getting reconditioned. Probable be able to leave for Galapogos in a few days. Crewman Phil and Crewman John have deserted the ship to get out of the way and gone sightseeing to Bocas Del Toro which is a group of islands in the west of Panama on...

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Jul 20, 2006 - Puerto Viejo - Caribbean Coast

"You don't want to take a bus straight from San Jose to Panama City" advised Roberto. "It's too boring. May I make a suggestion?" So, on his advice, we decided to shorten our stay in Costa Rica, and take an extended journey to Panama City via Puerto Viejo and Bocas del Toro on the Caribe Coast. Our adventure started in Alajuela, where we donned our packs early in the morning and hiked to the local bus terminal. There, we scrambled onto a bus just about leave for San Jose, paid our 400 Colones ($0.80 US) each, and squeezed ourselves and our...

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